Last June I attended an information session for an 8-week course called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Briefly, MBSR is a course in self-healing and self-care for individuals who experience chronic stress or physical ailments.
MBSR began in 1979 with Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world-renowned mindfulness expert ( and also a molecular biologist.) According to the research on mindfulness, the brain’s inherent neuroplasticity means that when you sit down to meditate, you actually change your brain, particularly the areas called the limbic system (the seat of emotions) and the pre-frontal cortex. When you strengthen the connection to the PFC, you will end up much less reactive and much less stressed.
Mindfulness meditation in based on thousands of years of wisdom traditions, though the MBSR program does not require any religious affiliation.
I highly recommend this program for those individuals who are searching for healthy ways to manage stress.