What Is Mindful?

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.

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.

We’re All 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.

Mindfulness and Social Innovation — 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.

who we are

Amber Tucker

Editorial Assistant

Amber has honed her skills as an editor in many contexts, from academia to entrepreneur development to creative writing. During her yoga-filled teenage years she encountered mindfulness, a journey she’s grateful to continue as part of the Mindful team. She does a lot of vegan cooking and omnivorous reading, and her favorite place to meditate is outside surrounded by living green things.

Barry Boyce

Editor-in-Chief

A 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.

Cindy Littlefair

Human Resources Manager

Cindy 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.

Claire Zimmerman

Deputy Editor

Claire 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.

Dan Scott

Consumer Marketing Director

Dan 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.

Heather Hurlock

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.

James Gimian

Executive Director, The Foundation for a Mindful Society

James 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.

Jessica von Handorf

Art Director

Jessica 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.

John Sheehy

General Manager

A 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.

Julia Sable

Director, Business Development and Partnerships

Julia joined Mindful in 2017 to help expand business development and partnership efforts. She brings skills from an eclectic career journey, which has included journalism, international development, administration at a meditation retreat centre, and development of government grant programs. Mindfulness practice has been a central part of her life since childhood, and she has been teaching meditation for the past decade.

Kelle Walsh

Contributing Editor, Midwest

Kelle 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.

Ken Swick

Controller

Ken 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.

Kevin Gillespie

Advertising Director

Kevin 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.

Leslie Duncan Childs

Audience Development Manager

With a diverse marketing background, Leslie is responsible for continuing to develop the Mindful audience through executing digital marketing plans, growth analysis and leading various digital projects. Leslie began her mindfulness journey as a varsity athlete. Through strengthening the mind-body connection, she learned to stay focused on the present moment and perform at a high level in competitive situations. When she’s not digging into web data you can find her exploring nature, practicing yoga or cheering on her favourite sports teams.

Nancy Dengler

Advertising Sales Manager

A movement meditator since childhood, Nancy joined Mindful in 2017 and brought with her an eclectic range of professional work experiences rooted in small business and non-profits. Most recently, Nancy worked in healthcare publishing, prior to that she had a flourishing sales career in technology, she was the executive director of a Philadelphia-based arts organization, she has run small businesses and holds professional teaching certifications for alpine ski racing, yoga, and Pilates. Based out of Southwest Florida, Nancy spends her free time pampering her two cats and working with TNR groups to help feral and homeless felines.

Rebecca Pearson

Circulation Associate

After focusing her psychology degree on the study of empathy, Rebecca found mindfulness to be a natural progression of her interests. Always an avid reader, writer, and media consumer, she feels right at home helping to coordinate the circulation and production of Mindful. Rebecca wishes candles came in the scent of “newly-printed magazine.”

Spencer Creelman

Associate Art Director

Before 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.

Stephany Tlalka

Deputy Editor, Mindful Digital

After 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.

Board of Advisors

Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N.
Mind and Life Institute

Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.
Duke Integrative Medicine

Mirabai Bush 
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.
Wisdom Labs

Soren Gordhamer
Wisdom 2.0

Patricia Jennings, Ph.D.
University of Virginia

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

Tim Ryan
United States Congress, Ohio, 13th District

Diana Winston
Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA

our partners

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

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.

Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA

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.

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

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.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

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 Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society

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 Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world.

The Greater Good Science Center

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.