(Minghui.org) The 2019 International Franchise Expo was held over three days at New York City's Javits Center from May 30 to June 1. More than 400 businesses from 50 states and 30 countries attended the event. Falun Gong practitioners set up a display at the expo to introduce the benefits of the meditation practice and spiritual discipline to businesses and franchise owners.

Practitioners demonstrated the Falun Gong exercise movements at their booth. When attendees stopped to ask what kind of franchise this was, they were pleasantly surprised to learn that it was a free meditation practice. Practitioners informed them about its benefits for relieving stress and anxiety as well as improving well-being. Practitioners also offered to visit their offices and offer free instructional classes to employees.

Practitioners introduce Falun Dafa to attendees of the International Franchise Expo

Visitors to the booth took information about local group exercise sites in New York. Some learned the exercises on the spot, signed up for instructional workshops at Tianti Bookstore, and bought Falun Gong books.

A staff member from another booth came to learn the exercises. He said he felt energized after doing the fourth exercise and said that he would look for more information about Falun Gong online.

A bank executive told the practitioners, “What you are doing is so important.”

A businesswoman who lives in New Jersey said she felt good after doing the first exercise. She bought the instructional video, a copy of Zhuan Falun (the main book of Falun Gong), and obtained the contact information for a local exercise site in New Jersey.

One woman asked practitioners why they attended the expo as they were not a franchise business. When practitioners explained to her the benefits of practicing Dafa, she said, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is wonderful. I will try to do this for at least 15 minutes every day.”