What Is Mindful?
Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. We’re the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully.
From our flagship bi-monthly Mindful magazine and mindful.org to our MindfulDirect video, conferences, and collaborations, our activities support people seeking to learn more as well as those leaders working to bring genuine mindfulness practices into the mainstream.
We offer personal stories, news-you-can-use, practical advice, and insights that speak to anyone from novice meditators looking for guidance to corporate managers exploring new ways to cultivate workplace engagement and fulfillment. Our audience learns from leaders in the field about effective techniques for mindful living, and the science that points to their benefits.
Are You Mindful?
We all have the innate ability to be present, composed, and to pause before we overreact to the challenges of our busy lives—and that’s the ground of mindfulness. With some guidance and training, mindfulness can develop into a way of living that brings greater focus and effectiveness as well as kindness and caring into everything we do. Both science and experience demonstrate how being mindful brings positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.
Mindful as Social Innovation —and How You Can Help
We see mindfulness as a unique and profound approach to social change, and our work as a social innovation initiative. Mindfulness is entering the mainstream and it presents an historic opportunity to transform society. It is accessible and everyone can benefit from its potential for promoting individual wellness, healthy relationships, and a more mindful and caring world.
Mindful seeks to help connect the emergent elements in the mindfulness community, from the heroic efforts of the leaders in the field to all those new to mindfulness who seek to learn more. The result will be greater personal benefit as mindfulness practices become more mainstream, and greater benefit to society as the underlying values of kindness and compassion permeate our culture.
Mindful is a mission-driven non-profit. We’re dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society.
Without the visionary commitment of the Hemera Foundation, Mindful.org and Mindful magazine would not be where we are today. A partner from the launch, Hemera has provided strategic guidance, expertise, and generous support that have enabled Mindful to weather the challenging stages of starting up a media and community building enterprise.
Hemera Foundation, founded by Caroline Pfohl, is a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society, focusing on education, women and children, and the arts. Their programs promote healing, wholeness, and compassion on individual and collective level, and do so by identifying and providing resources, training, and tools that allow individuals to reconnect with the innate goodness and sanity of the human person.
Currently Hemera is engaged in a far-reaching early childhood education project, as well as providing contemplative practice opportunities for artists and educators.
The 1440 Foundation, founded by Scott and Joanie Kriens of Silicon Valley, is a leading co-creator and supporter of mindfulness-based initiatives across North America. They have been an important partner for Mindful, collaborating with us on ways to help grow the mindfulness field. 1440 provides valuable counsel to Mindful on business and strategy, as well as funding.
The 1440 Foundation’s mission is to support programs and best practices that cultivate authentic relationship skills in education, wellness and the workplace. They promote fitness on all levels—body, mind, inner, and relational—through a commitment to programs that support self-awareness, authenticity, trust, and empathy. Currently they are developing the 1440 Multiversity, a learning community serving as a catalyst for the connection to your best self.
Who We Are
Finance DirectorA longtime writer, teacher, and photographer, Andy is coauthor of The Practice of Contemplative Photography and author of Contemplating Reality. He has worked as a finance professional in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors for more than 35 years. He has been investigating the mind since his college days—many, many years ago.Editor-in-ChiefA longtime professional writer, editor, and trainer specializing in applications of mindfulness and awareness to everyday life, Barry is editor of The Mindfulness Revolution and served as developmental editor for Congressman Tim Ryan’s books, A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution. From 2008 to 2012, he wrote for the “Mindful Society” department of Shambhala Sun magazine. He is also coauthor of The Rules of Victory, an extended commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War.Human Resources ManagerCindy provides human resources and operations support to the Mindful crew. She calls herself an accidental administrator, having started out long ago in a far distant place studying arts administration and letting that credential on her résumé open doors to a variety of positions in loosely artsy organizations including a book publisher, a national union representing TV, radio, and film writers and performers, and Canada’s public TV broadcaster. Magazine life suits her just fine. She’s an elected school board member and mother of three grownups, a teenager, and a dog named Luc.Deputy EditorClaire has been working in media for years, transitioning from documentary film to print. An observer by nature, she holds degrees in sociology and journalism and has encountered her most meaningful lessons in mindfulness while playing with food and with words. At Mindful, Claire oversees production, working closely with the art department to keep the magazine on track. She spearheads research and content development initiatives to continue moving the magazine forward alongside the ever-evolving media landscape.Associate Publisher, Advertising & PartnershipsClaudia joined Mindful after several years in international B2B publication sales and a decade of experience designing and facilitating leadership events. A lawyer by training, she began meditating at a young age and has always found ways to bring mindfulness into her work. Lately, Claudia’s three small but mighty kids give her endless opportunities to practice mindfulness in every moment.Associate Publisher, Circulation & Digital EditionsDan first connected with mindfulness as a teenager and has been practicing now for 20 years. Excited by the developments in the field, he leapt at the opportunity to apply his training in strategic, analytic, and project management skills to Mindful’s circulation. Dan also oversees product development and marketing for digital editions.Editor, Mindful Digital
Heather is a seasoned digital editor with a proven track record for growing audiences, creating digital products, and building strategic partnerships. She started her career as a health editor for Rodale, honing her service journalism and digital management skills. She’s since been hired by top brands, like Men’s Health, Prevention, Fitness, and Self, to create engaging content. She balances her career with a healthy dose of family life and a few weekends a month fronting an indie folk/barnrock band.PublisherJames has been a magazine and trade book publishing professional since 1973. He has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement for the past eight years, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass. He has taught leadership training programs and mindfulness in North America and Europe since 1978.Art DirectorJessica joined Mindful in 2012 as one of its founding team members. She brings a wealth of experience to her position as art director, including almost 15 years designing for print publications. Trained in graphic design, English literature, and journalism, Jessica was born into a family where meditation was practiced on a daily basis. Mindfulness has infused every aspect of her life, and she considers her work at Mindful to be a natural extension of her lifelong mindfulness practice.General ManagerA longtime meditator, John originally joined Mindful as its launch consultant in 2011. The founding publishing director of Time Inc.’s Health magazine, John has also served as president of American Hospital Association’s publishing arm, founding president of Afar Media, COO of Weider Publishing, president of Utne Reader, publisher of Parabola magazine, and launch director of Dwell magazine.Editorial AssistantBeing a curious person, Katerina came to Canada from Russia at the age of 16 to see the world. She joined Mindful after graduating from university and is passionate about bringing mindfulness to people who need it. In her free time, Katerina enjoys traveling, acting, and belly dancing—while trying to be mindful that there are only 24 hours in a day.Contributing Editor, MidwestKelle writes and edits from Boulder, Colorado, where she loves running trails and doing yoga, and is really trying to learn to ski. In the past, she served as managing editor and executive digital editor for Yoga Journal. A longtime mindfulness practitioner, she specializes in health and lifestyle journalism for publications including Rodale’s Organic Life and Experience Life.ControllerKen enjoys mathematics based work. He has also had an interest in meditation for many years. He is delighted to be able to work with these two skills on a daily basis at Mindful.Advertising DirectorKevin has spent his media sales career in the dynamic, evolving natural health and sustainability market. Over the past 25 years, he has contributed to the growth of independent publications with his enthusiasm for the marketplace and by leveraging his industry knowledge and contacts. Based in Amherst, NH, Kevin enjoys spending his free time with his wife, daughters, dog, and friends, and experiencing the outdoor New England lifestyle.Assistant Art DirectorBefore joining the Mindful team, Spencer worked as an independent designer and brand consultant with clients across North America in the not-for-profit and arts sectors. Having honed his skills in print shops across Canada, Spencer brings his passion for print design to every aspect of his life, hosting events in his free time just so he can design the poster. He also speaks French, and is a black-light enthusiast.Deputy Editor, Mindful DigitalAfter years of working in print and broadcast journalism, Stephany completed a master’s degree in journalism, focusing on how news organizations build digital spaces for their audiences. She brings her reporting and research background to the tasks of curating and creating content for mindful.org, managing Mindful’s social media platforms, and helping craft and execute Mindful’s digital campaigns, including the weekly newsletter. On any given Saturday, you’ll find Stephany upside-down, practicing aerial silks.Contributing Editor, East CoastTeo has extensive experience producing and packaging smart content for consumer audiences. He likes to work closely with writers and editors to deliver relevant information in a lively, engaging style. Unlike many of his colleagues at Mindful, Teo is a relative newcomer to meditation and mindfulness. He started practicing five years ago in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife Barbara and son Miro. He credits meditation with transforming his approach to dishwashing.
Board of Advisors
Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N.
Mind and Life Institute
Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.
Duke Integrative Medicine
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rich Fernandez, Ph.D.
The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world.The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches into mainstream medicine and healthcare.The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness into contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University is striving to create a community of scholars and researchers who will advance our knowledge of the human capacity for compassion and altruism.MARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness, in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.Founded by Richard J. Davidson, PhD, this world-renowned research center, located within the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is dedicated to creating a world in which healthy qualities of mind flourish. A global leader in the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience, the Center conducts rigorous scientific study of healthy qualities of mind in pursuit of research findings that could help relieve human suffering and increase happiness.