I should note that my goal for "practicing meditation/practicing mindfulness/eliciting the relaxation response/whatever you want to call it" is primarily for my physical health and well-being. I am Christian, and am not at all seeking "spiritual enlightenment" in any way, shape, or form through listening to the guided recordings that I find help me the most.
I'm not sure if I'm just more aware of it, but I have seen in the news more and more information regarding the positive effects of meditation. Perhaps I'm experiencing the same phenomenon that happens when you buy a new car and then you see it EVERYWHERE. Well, meditation is pretty much "trending" right now as far as I can see. Here are a few articles I've seen in the last few days:
Huffington Post - LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit
NY Times - Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits
Mindful - 3 Reasons Why Meditation Isn't Overrated
My thoughts exactly... ;)