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  • Join me in just taking a deep breath

  • to physically land here in the space.

  • In breath...

  • ...out.

  • You can choose to either close your eyes

  • during this particular meditation

  • or keep them open.

  • Why do we need a meditation gym?

  • Well, when I approached Lodro with the idea I said,

  • "You know, how come there's no place I can go like

  • the way I would to go my workout at Body by Simone

  • or to get my nails done?

  • How come I can't meditate that way?"

  • To chill.

  • Totally.

  • I'm Ellie Burrows,

  • I'm the chief executive officer of MNDFL.

  • And I'm still James Hamblin.

  • So we have 25 expert teachers,

  • they're all certified in a specific lineage or tradition.

  • Throughout the space we have lots of living walls.

  • Is it plastic?

  • No, they're totally real.

  • You can touch them.

  • It's real.

  • It's totally real.

  • So, this is our main meditation room.

  • You want to try out a cushion?

  • Yeah.

  • I don't know if your jeans do that.

  • Okay friends, so for this particular thing what we're

  • going to do is the most basic type of meditation that

  • we offer here, which is mindful breath.

  • This is the sort of meditation that a lot of

  • science and research has been done around.

  • It's said to increase the gray matter in the hippocampus,

  • allowing for better memory, better focus, reduced stress

  • All of those sorts of things.

  • For me personally it's really more about

  • being present with something as simple as the breath.

  • So let's just get right into it.

  • Do you like the term meditation gym?

  • I've never heard it before. Sure, why not.

  • But that's what you've created:

  • a space where people can come for meditation.

  • Why do we need that?

  • Can't you just do meditation anywhere?

  • You could.

  • I mean you could meditate in the middle of

  • a department store but you're not going to actually

  • experience a sense of quiet calm

  • and any of the real benefits of meditation.

  • So here at MNDFL we've got 30 and 45 minute drop-in

  • classes all day long ranging from Kundalini to Vedic

  • meditation, Buddhist meditation, all sorts of things.

  • You don't have to change or alter your breathing at all.

  • In fact,

  • this is a time of day that

  • we don't need to change anything.

  • We don't have to fix anything.

  • We can just relax with what's going on.

  • Here's a distinction I've never fully understood:

  • Mindfulness is about being fully present, in the moment,

  • aware of everything.

  • To me meditation is somehow about clearing your mind

  • and escaping and ignoring your surroundings.

  • They seem like opposites.

  • This is actually like, the number one

  • misconception about meditation is that you're

  • supposed to be able to just turn off your thinking, right?

  • We can't.

  • We can't turn off the mind.

  • The mind just generates thoughts

  • in the same way the heart beats.

  • One of my favorite words for meditation in

  • the Tibetan language is Gom, G-O-M.

  • That can also be translated as 'become familiar with.'

  • So it's essentially saying meditation is actually just

  • becoming familiar with what's going on in your mind.

  • And then through that we're actually more

  • able to be available to the world around us and

  • actually tune in to what's going on right in front of us.

  • When you're ready you can open your eyes.

  • Come back to the physical space.

  • How do you feel Jim?

  • I feel great.

  • I'm probably not really good at it.

  • Sometimes people think,

  • "Oh, you know, I meditated twice and

  • it didn't work for me."

  • It's sort of like going to the gym twice and being like

  • "I didn't lose ten pounds, the gyms don't work for me."

  • People are realizing that as an investment in health,

  • mindfulness seems worthwhile.

  • Yeah. Now it's scientifically proven that if you want to

  • be more productive, if you want to be more focused, if

  • you want to be more relaxed, this is a good thing to do.

  • Was it a good session for everyone else?

  • It is nice that it's so quiet in here.

  • You really wouldn't think that

  • we are in the heart of New York City.

  • You'd think it's San Francisco or something.

  • What would New York be like if everyone meditated?

  • Oh.

  • So if everyone meditated,

  • maybe everyone would be

  • more empathetic and compassionate

  • toward one another and they would be less angry

  • and have lower blood pressures.

  • You seem pretty calm right now.

  • I always seem pretty calm though.

  • Don't you start with me.

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