Two studies were recently released, one from Carnegie Mellon University and the other from the University of Virginia. While the first shows the benefits of meditation in stress reduction (really? haven't we proved that already?), the second came with headlines like, "Most would rather receive an electric shock than meditate."
I call bull. In the University of Virginia study, participants weren't asked to meditate, they were asked to "be alone with their thoughts." They called these bouts "thinking periods."