Kathleen Allen
FOUNDER / PRESIDENT / CEO

 

Kathleen’s commitment to a mindfulness lifestyle emerged from her career as an entrepreneur in the world of art, fashion, and design. Kathleen emerges as a mindfulness coach not only from a world of artistic and creative instinct, but an even deeper human understanding and compassionate depth as the mother of a visually disabled child. Most recently Kathleen founded Metta, Inc., a non-profit organization benefiting blind and visually impaired children and adults, the purpose of which is to provide scholarship funding exclusively for mindfulness course work.

Kathleen earned her mindfulness certification through coursework at the Dallas Yoga Center and has also completed its self-compassion program. Having also spent 14 years affiliated with Landmark, Kathleen’s commitment to mindfulness instruction is a natural extension of her dedication to the spiritual wellness of others. Kathleen is indeed perceived by many as a guiding light in a stressful world. She renders a calmness and peacefulness to her endeavors, her personal relationships, and now to her mindfulness students.

Kathleen’s mindfulness mission is to empathically guide others into a state of peaceful self-acceptance and conscious self-awareness. Her own journey through life has been one of enlightenment and vision and, as such, she emphasizes emotional safety and self-honoring as she guides her students in forming resilience of self, and confidence in mindfulness practice. She focuses on stress reduction so to avoid the often compromises we face in spiritual health, of self and family. Primarily, Kathleen is committed to teaching the art of self-love, to enrich and heighten self-esteem, and to remove us from the burdening sorrows of life. Her goal is to guide people through mindfulness practice to eliminate and calm stress, fear, and anxiety, and to transform those energies into positive wellbeing.

Christopher Allen
  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chris learned about mindfulness from his mother Kathleen. Christopher was inspired and embraced the teachings of mindfulness because he saw the profound impact it had both on his mother’s and his lives. In May 2019 Chris completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, or MBSR at the Dallas Yoga Center. The MBSR program is an eight week course that teaches people how to incorporate mindfulness practices into their daily lives by using meditations and focused breathing.

Chris also completed the mindfulness teacher certification training. This program guides learners into exploring the various benefits of mindfulness for both personal and professional life.

Shortly after he was born Chris was diagnosed as legally blind. In addition Chris had some significant neurological issues which resulted in him having some learning disabilities. Despite these challenges Chris went on to graduate with honors from both high school and college. Furthermore Chris went on to earn a Master’s in dispute resolution at SMU.

For the past 10 years Chris has been a mediator focused on divorce and child custody cases. Chris’s experience as a mediator in seeing the pain that people deal with in their conflicts has made him a believer in the benefits of mindfulness.

In the last couple of years Christopher has developed a passion for advocating on behalf of people with disabilities. In 2018 Chris joined the Dallas chapter of the American Council Of the blind. Currently Chris serves as the chairman of the DACB scholarship committee which awards full and part-time scholarships to blind and visually impaired college students.

Chris joined his mother when she formed Metta because he believes that mindfulness can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities who live with a unique set of stresses and challenges. Chris recently joined the legislative and advocacy committee of the Texas chapter of the American Council of the Blind, or ACBT for short.  The committee advocates on behalf of people who are are blind and visually impaired on issues that are important to us. They focus on the local, state and national levels of government. Furthermore, they work with private businesses to make their products and services accessible to people who are legally blind. In addition, Chris have been asked to be a contributing writer to the Texas Star which is a newsletter published quarterly by ACBT.