Hugh Delehanty is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a National Magazine Award-winning editor, and a certified meditation teacher with more than 25 years of practice focusing on mindfulness and creativity.
He was born in New Haven and grew up in South Weymouth, Mass., a suburb of Boston. After graduating from Brown, where he studied with novelists R.V. Cassill and John Hawkes, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. That led him to jobs as a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, editor-in-chief of Professional Sports Journal, and senior editor for Women’s Sports and Fitness. He also wrote extensively for San Francisco magazine, KQED, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Los Angeles Times syndicate.
In 1988, Hugh landed a position in New York as an editor at Sports Illustrated, where he supervised coverage of baseball, soccer, and the Olympics, and was part of the team that won back-to-back National Magazine Awards for general excellence. Later at Time Inc., he became a senior editor at People, covering human interest, music, and the British royal family.
During that time, inspired by a meeting he attended with the Dalai Lama, Hugh began studying meditation with Charlotte Joko Beck, the author of Everyday Zen, who taught him some important lessons about the relationship between mindfulness and creativity. The secret, she said, was trusting fully in the present moment: “If we have the patience to wait until the mud (your mind) settles and the water is clear, the right words will arise, without thinking about them.”
A few years later, Hugh teamed up with basketball coach Phil Jackson, a longtime Zen practitioner, to write Sacred Hoops, a national bestseller about mindfulness, Native American wisdom, and the transformation of the Chicago Bulls into NBA champions. Jackson had a gift for building teams focused on selflessness and creativity. “The power of the we,” he liked to say, “is much stronger than the power of the me”—even if the “me” in question was the greatest player in the game: Michael Jordan.