The evidence keeps mounting for the health benefits of meditation. Here is perhaps the best article I've seen on the health benefits of meditation. Apparently, meditation changes one's genes toward more healthy genetic expression.
Frankly, my past forays into the world of meditation have never lasted very long. It can be quite frustrating to try to tune out everyday thoughts, but the experts say it gets easier with practice. I really need to commit to meditation again. My plan is to stop watching TV while I'm in the sauna and use that time instead to meditate.