Hi Karen & Cheryl,
I don't really know how meditation works - whether it's really just a glorified "distraction" tactic. But if it works, who cares! I also don't know how (if at all) it relates to hypnosis - whether they're essentially the same thing, with different terminology.
Yes - I've tried hypnosis CDs as well, and in lots of ways, they're very similar to the meditation ones.
I think the radio article was slightly more in-depth than the web version, because I'm sure they mentioned a monk, who was supposedly "the happiest man alive", based on functional MRI - although I'm not sure there's a dedicated "happiness centre" of the brain, so I'm not sure how they reached that conclusion.
I'm not really awake at that time in the morning - I was still stumbling around, trying to get my land-legs, so I only got the very rough gist.
Will check it out later, on i-player.
As the lady herself said, to see that there was actual dampening of pain-related brain activity, during meditation, must be very encouraging. With some of these things, it's so hard to tell if any benefit is just wishful thinking, isn't it? If you can see a change, rather than just feel there's been one, it's a lot more persuasive, isn't it?