Mindful Living® is the awareness that every thought, word, and action affects you, the environment, and society. Previously, our challenges were local. Now, they are both local and global. When we change ourselves, we change the world. Compassion, kindness and reverent respect for all living things are all core tenants of Mindful Living®.
Mindful Living® connects you with the present moment and can help you create a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions can impact your health, relationships, and quality of life. Mindful Living® is grounded in science, rooted in spirituality and independent of religious, spiritual, or cultural beliefs.
The mission of Mindful Living Network® is to be the commUNITY for people to share information on Mindful Living®. Our goal is to provide rich, original content through multiple platforms, mindful columnists and a mindful community, online and local.
For over 30 years, Mindful Living® has been the subject of hundreds of research studies. Research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction — achieved through Mindful Living® — is an effective intervention for a wide area of common mental and physical health problems. These health problems include stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, coping with cancer, gastrointestinal disease, obesity, attention deficit disorder, heart disease, and addictions. These studies also demonstrate the continued growth of scientific interest in mindful living in the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, and business.
Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul should when we look the other way.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
MINDFUL LIVING NETWORK® FAMILY
Dr. Kathleen Hall/ Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Hall, internationally recognized lifestyle expert in stress, work-life balance and Mindful Living, founder and CEO of the Mindful Living Network® and The Stress Institute®. She has been featured on most major media including The Today Show, CNN, FOX, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Money Magazine, Business Week, Huffington Post, ESPN, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple and Woman’s Day. She is also an award-winning author of A Life in Balance, Alter Your Life, and her most recent book, Uncommon HOPE. She has been the spokesperson for many Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Unilever, Darden Restaurants, and Princess Cruise Lines. Her area of expertise includes being the brand visionary and MLN chief strategist, developing relationships with experts, and overseeing the general content development and programming of MLN.
James Hixon, M.D./ Chief Finance Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Hixon is an established medical doctor who has managed multiple organizations in the fields of medicine and is also an expert in breeding horses and lives on his horse farm. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. His longtime experience on the operational and financial side of the business provides a critical strength in the leadership team.
Ken Pierre II/ Director of Business Development
Ken is a United States Air Force combat veteran with years of experience in business, IT, and consulting. He guides the network as we continue to engage and grow our Mindful CommUNITY. His years of military and civilian experience helps him develop solutions to our vast global challenges. Ken is an avid lover of all forms of art and has an unyielding passion for helping others.
Brittany Hixon, M.D./ Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Brittany Hixon is a dynamic and outgoing physician who is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care. Dr. Hixon provides her expertise and personality that can be used for media appearances, video interstitials, articles, and other materials for the network. Dr. Hixon is a passionate world traveler and art lover.
Brittani Banks/ Web Content Manager
Brittani Banks has written for print and online publications since graduating from Agnes Scott College, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a travel enthusiast and has adopted a sustainable and mindful lifestyle ever since joining the Mindful Living Network. When she is not researching or writing, she spends her time on indie craft projects and reading books from her literary bucket list.
Niki Antil/ Graphics Designer and Social Media Manager
Niki received her degree in Web Design and Interactive Media at The Art Institute of Atlanta. She is a creative, detail-oriented and self-proclaimed perfectionist. Originally from the Boston area, Niki now lives in Atlanta but vows to never lose her accent. She is a coffee addict, lover of music and will eat anything with coconut. When she is not working for the Mindful Living Network, she enjoys going to concerts, crazy girl nights and watching re-runs of The Big Bang Theory.
She loves trying new foods, milk chocolate and especially cheese. Ruvana loves hosting parties and learning at least one word in every language. She is passionate about astronomy filling her peaceful time charting the stars. Ruvana graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs.
I worked with Horace Dukes to create the Dukes Foundation many years ago. This was a dream of Horace’s and mine, and it was made a reality. Since that time thousands of youth’s lives have been transformed. I still work with the kids in the areas of stress and mindfulness and love every one of them. These youth are challenged daily with incredible stressors, and it is pure joy teaching them stress resilience and mindfulness practices. Each child is a precious gem that needs encouragement, skill training, and love. The love I receive from these precious souls is immeasurable.
The Dukes Foundation is an Atlanta, Georgia based youth mentoring program that provides, academic coaching, career development workshops, wellness sessions, cultural exposure tours, motivational training, and personal development coaching. With over eleven years of successful youth mentoring (including being instrumental in the transformation young ‘at risk’ lives) in urban communities throughout Metro Atlanta. The Dukes Foundation received channel 11 Alive’s Community Service Award.
The Dukes Foundation helps create successful, healthy, and productive individuals with invaluable life skills. Dukes Foundation participants are ready to contribute and transform our society.
I volunteer at Cross Keys High School regularly. I have created a curriculum for Cross Keys High School students to help them develop stress resilience and mindfulness practices. Research shows the incredible benefits to students who learn stress reduction and mindfulness practices. I teach students stress reduction, stress resilience and mindfulness practices. Many students suffer from lower grades because they experience test-taking stress. I have developed a curriculum that trains students in test-taking stress reduction, and they become better at taking tests.
I also created a Teacher’s Mindfulness group. Teachers are one of the most stressful professions on the planet. They experience incredible stress daily. We support the Cross Keys teachers by helping them in developing resilience and learning mindfulness practices.
Cross Keys High School opened in 1958 and is located in Brookhaven, a community located on the western edge of DeKalb County, Georgia, directly northeast of Atlanta. The school serves students from the Doraville and Chamblee areas of the DeKalb County School System. The student body is composed of 80% Hispanic, 11% Black, 6% Asian, 1%, White, and less than 1% other racial groups, including 2 or more races. The total composition of the student population excluding White, not of Hispanic Origin is 98.59%.
Our family had a horse farm in the North Georgia Mountains for over 30 years. During that time, we developed a rescue operation and over the years sent thousands of animals to new homes all over the country. The local animal shelter had one of the highest euthanization rates in the country. It was a horrible situation. This was a looming crisis in our community.
A group of concerned animal lovers created the Habersham Humane Society, and I was the founding president. We cut the euthanization rate of shelter animals in our county by 75% and supported the needs of the Habersham County Animal Shelter. We supported the county shelter in most facets of its operation including food, crates, veterinarian care, animal treatment, medical testing kits, housing, maintenance and volunteer staffing. We also lobbied the County to increase funding for the shelter which was successful.
During this time our family fostered, housed, vetted and cared for an average of 30 dogs at a time on our farm. We emptied a horse stable and transformed it into a dog foster facility. This allowed us to feed, nourish, medically treat, train, love and get dogs ready to ship around the country for adoption. It was quite a family work commitment. We have years of precious memories and the invaluable knowledge that enumerable dogs found forever homes of love.