Today, meditative practices are incorporated into a wide variety of programs that deal with specific situations or conditions: stress-related illnesses; chronic pain and illness; weight loss and eating disorders; couples therapy; adolescent issues; depression; cancer; AIDS; medical and other care-provider stress; corporate stress management; motherhood and parenting; addictions; and post-traumatic stress. This list is not inclusive, and new programs are constantly being developed and researched.

Many researchers are making efforts to conduct more rigorous research studies that include better operational definitions, some combination of self-report, biological, and implicit/objective measures, active controls, and investigations of mechanisms of action.”

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