The Mind-Body Connection

Meditation is a common mind-body strategy. While there are many types, meditation is any activity in which you control your attention. This mind-body technique helps you achieve a "relaxation response," a term used by Herbert Benson to describe the physical changes tied to a state of relaxation—decreased heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.

There are two general forms of meditation, each with slightly different methods and goals: concentration meditation and mindfulness meditation.