87. Meditating in Manhattan with Ellie Burrows

Ellie Burrows

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Ellie Burrows is the Chief Executive Officer of MNDFL as well as a certified coach and writer.

After graduating magna cum laude from Northwestern University, Ellie served as an executive in the film business for a number of years, focusing on the business side of film: producing, selling, financing and finding new talent. When her meetings began to evolve into coaching sessions around effective communication and interpersonal relationships, she chose to pursue mindfulness in a more meaningful way.

Ellie decided to travel the world as a spiritual tourist ultimately returning to New York where she received her Certificate in Coaching from NYU. Shortly thereafter, she hatched the idea for MNDFL with her co-founder and friend Lodro Rinzler.

Ellie is a blogger at Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Mag, The Numinous, MindBodyGreen and Medium. All of her work has a common thread: the use of ancient teachings in a contemporary context to inspire compassion, confidence and consciousness in a highly digitized world.

Ellie currently live in New York City and The Universe at large.

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Do you meditate? Or do you think meditation is the privilege and skill of bearded yogis nestled deep in the Himalayas? Do you say you're 'too busy' to meditate, or that it's 'too hard'?

It’s true. Meditation can be hard, without the proper training and support. And if you happen to live in a city, you're in an especially tough position: The stress of urban life basically makes meditation crucial for survival (and happiness) but at the same time, the tempo of city living often makes it impossible to find the time or place to give your practice the dedication it deserves.

This is exactly where our guest Ellie Burrows comes in. She is not only an avid meditator, but also lives in New York City. Through her business MNDFL, she's made it not only possible- but easy- for frenzied city dwellers to find the solace of meditation amongst the honking horns and ground-shaking trash trucks.

Part of a new, conscious-minded school of entrepreneurs, Ellie has created an urban spiritual oasis, and as a result, has helped inspire a quickly growing network and community of spiritually oriented businesses in The Big Apple.

In this fun, and enlightening conversation Ellie shares her personal story of spiritual discovery, the challenges of creating MNDFL, and her vision of making meditation a regular part of life for the average person who has no intention of renouncing civilization in favor of a luxury deprived, monastic existence.

For the sake of humanity (and the sanity of our nations cities) please share this episode with a meditator or mindful entrepreneur you know.

To your peace,

Luke

TOPICS DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S EPISODE:

  • How Ellie left a career in film to pursue her spiritual path
  • The journey of how her business MNDFL meditation came to be, and how she learned to connect consciousness to her career
  • The current state of affairs in New York city's spiritual community, and the positive effects meditations centers like MNDFL are having on the city
  • The importance of re-branding spiritually centered businesses to appeal to a more broad audience
  • How meditation drop in centers encourage user consistency, and overcoming the challenges of keeping up a meditation practice
  • Seeing the benefits of meditation, and the consequences of losing your practice
  • Facing the reality that being spiritually committed is anything but stardust and moonbeams; it gets uncomfortable
  • The importance of facing your demons, and walking through the many dark nights of the soul
  • Spiritual first-aid kit: the two most powerful tools for overcoming emotional pain
  • Lifestyle recommendations

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