In our books we teach mindfulness meditation to combat stress and to promote health. We know that it is effective based upon our experience and the experience of participants in our programs. Now there is scientific proof that meditation is effective.
Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center randomly assigned 89 people with anxiety disorders to take either an eight week mindfulness meditation course or general stress management classes. Those who learned to meditate had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone ACTH and other markers of inflammation than those who did not meditate.