So what’s BLS (the Busy Lifestyle Syndrome)

“According to doctors at CPS Research, a Glasgow-based clinical trials company, the syndrome is caused by hectic lives bombarded with information overload from mobile phones, BlackBerrys, TV, radio and the internet. “We believe there are widespread signs of the problem,” says spokeswoman Angela Scott-Henderson. “Our attention spans and concentration levels are going down. It’s getting to be more common, affecting people at younger ages.””

It’s real. It’s really real. And we know its real. We see it in our children when they can’t make eye contact during a conversation. We see it in ourselves when we scroll from one site to another on our phones, or computers, or tablets, checking emails insistently and checking out who’s posted what on what social media site. And if you’ve really, really got the syndrome, not a single posting can happen without your immediate response. We see it in the inability to sit in complete silence and do nothing, no TV, no music, no background sound, just sitting. My son has a t-shirt that says: Namast’ay in bed. And this t-shirt says it all. We see it in every moment having to be captured immediately and then of course retouched and given the most appropriate hue ready for posting on Instagram or FB. This syndrome is all over the place. Forgetfulness, stress, and anxiety is running rampant.

The cure? Well as you may have already guessed, Big Pharma is already looking to find a drug you can take to minimize the forgetfulness and maximize your memory. It’s a cure for the Busy Lifestyle Syndrome (BLS). But what if there’s another answer to the very real syndrome? What if what you needed to do was one thing, one thing, that changes everything? And what if that one thing is meditation?

The Dalai Lama is quoted numerous times by numerous people, including me, about the value of meditation.  In fact he believes it is critical to health and wellbeing. I agree.

The quote in the story goes something like this: “How are you able to fit in daily meditation with such a busy schedule?”

The Dalai Lama smiled and replied that on normal days, he meditates for 1 hour in the morning. He then smiled even bigger and said that on extremely busy days, he meditates for 2 hours in the morning.

The more busy you are the more you meditate. It works.

Out of that one step of meditation come being fully present in everything you do (even cleaning the house can be Zen), being mindful about your thoughts, your actions, and your words (most of us can get two out of three …sometimes), shifting your mindset about yourself and others through movement and back to meditation. Multitasking is not your friend, taking one task at a time through prioritizing is. Getting rid of inane actions is also a friend, and yes, that means turning of the TV programming that keeps us in a drone state, giving yourself time to rest and relax is also a dear, dear friend. This is where your best ideas will come from.

My son has a t-shirt that says: Namast’ay in bed. And this t-shirt says it all.