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.

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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.

Funding Partners


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

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


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