An article in the New York times addresses our cultural obsession with meditation. He frames it in terms of being a fad but it seems to me that the interest reflects something deeper. Could it be that something of our human essence has been lost in our western ways and that this popular interest in meditation is very much a search to find what has been lost.
Can We End The Meditation Madness by Adam Grant http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/10/opinion/can-we-end-the-meditation-madness.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad
A problem is that many meditation techniques promise a fruit that is not available through any practice structure. When a structure (form) holds the promise of truth of formless truth within it we can be certain that the promise will be unfulfilled. What the form will do is keep us formed and endlessly attempting to effort our way out. – Rodney Smith, Awakening