Even the American Heart Association acknowledges the benefits of meditation. Last year, the organization released a statement supporting the ability of Transcendental Meditation (TM) to lower blood pressure. Other benefits of TM include reducing insulin resistance, an incredible 48 percent decrease in the risk of death, stroke, and heart attack, and the slowing of biological aging. Benefits for the mind include anxiety reduction, improvements in learning and memory, and a decline in negative emotions. Mindfulness meditation is particularly effective at lowering stress and enhancing attention.