Barry Boyce Editor-in-Chief
Tracy Picha Editor
Jessica von Handorf Megumi Yoshida Art Director Associate Art Director
Take Five I’m Mindful’s editor. But I’m also exactly the kind of reader we’re trying to reach with this magazine. I eagerly joined the team here after a string of demanding positions in publishing and my second stint living overseas. Life was running at quite a pace. Along the way I always wondered if there was a better way of doing things. I wanted to believe that life didn’t have to be shot through with relentless speed and stress, with me at high risk of missing all the good parts—and really, isn’t missing any part of our lives something to be avoided? What I found through my own explorations was that anytime I could get myself into the moment—really focused on whatever was right in front of me: work, play, loved ones—the better life got. Then came an opening at Mindful, a bimonthly magazine (we’re still very new; you’re reading our second issue) that is dedicated to exploring just that approach to all aspects of our lives: how to be present with whatever is arising in the moment. And the good news is—for me, anyway, and I think the rest of our staff agrees—we don’t just write about this stuff at Mindful. We try to live it.
How? Well, for one, our team meditates together before our weekly production meetings. I’m not going to lie— I found this strange at first. Do we really have time for this? I wondered. We have a press deadline to meet. But then I started noticing how different the meetings went when we did meditate, compared to when we didn’t. After even a few minutes of silence everyone seems so much calmer, so much more there. I know I am. Now I find that after some silence, the grocery list of things I need to cover during those meetings slips into the background and the people come to the forefront. The great thing is, I still get around to covering everything that’s pressing, but in the process we really connect as a team. This is just one snapshot of how mindfulness—even five minutes of it—can alter things. It’s an example from my work environment, but I’m finding it applies well beyond Mindful’s office walls. That doesn’t mean I sit quietly with other groups of people in my life, but I’m carving that time out for myself a lot more often. And so far I’m really liking the results. —Tracy Picha firstname.lastname@example.org
Carsten Knox Associate Editor
Line Goguen-Hughes Assistant Editor
Stephany Tlalka Assistant Editor, Digital
Jane Doucet Copy Editor
James Gimian Alan Brush Publisher Associate Publisher, Circulation Beth Wallace Associate Publisher, Andrew Karr Marketing & Partnerships Finance Director Melvin McLeod Editorial Director
Board of Advisors Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N., University of Virginia 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., Google, Inc. Soren Gordhamer, Wisdom 2.0 Patricia Jennings, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University 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 Organizations included for identification purposes only.
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