Meaningful Life Center is a special place in Knoxville, TN that welcomes anyone interested in exploring and discovering a personal and unique path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. The Center’s workshops and activities are designed to support each person’s journey toward that goal. Please come in and explore.
Introducing Meaningful Life Center
For thousands of years, the world’s wisdom traditions have affirmed that there is more to life than the everyday things on which we spend much of our time. In ancient Greece, the quest for wisdom was exemplified by the frequent admonition of Socrates: “Know Thyself.” He went further, saying, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Two thousand years later, this current was still going strong in the Western world, with the great mathematician, physicist, inventor, and philosopher Blaise Pascal saying, “It is an extraordinary blindness to live without investigating what we are.”
Find Your Own Way
Meaningful Life Center participants explore, study, and discuss the components of a meaningful life and consider what is most important for their own lives in light of the guidance of a range of ideas from philosophy, psychology, science, art, music, literature, poetry, and the world’s wisdom traditions and practices.
By providing resources, encouragement, and support, the Center helps participants know themselves well enough to discover what a meaningful life might look like, and it facilitates each person’s ability to find such a life for themselves.
During the past 20 years, several hundred people in East Tennessee, ranging in age from 25 to 80, have participated in workshops given by David White. These workshops, which in the past were known by word of mouth only, are the starting point for the Center.
The goal now is to provide access to these programs (and others being developed by past participants), to anyone who might be interested. By establishing a physical home for the Center, as well as a non-profit organization to manage its activities, it is hoped that a community will grow and develop with the purpose of nourishing the personal growth of all who participate.
Fall 2017 Programs
The Center is pleased to offer the following programs for the Fall of 2017. Programs are open to anyone interested in such explorations. There is no fixed fee for programs, but each participant is asked to make a donation to the Meaningful Life Center. All programs are held at the Knoxville home of the Meaningful Life Center which is located at 116 Carr Street.
For more information or to register, click on the links to the programs listed below:
4 Tuesdays (This program is now full)
Beginning September 5
6:00pm to 8:00pm
A remarkable thing about being Human is that there are always opportunities for discovering more of who we uniquely are, and finding ways to bring our true selves more fully out into the world.
Beginning September 28
6:30pm to 8:30 pm
Both surrender and forgiveness are powerful tools with which we can change ourselves and change our lives. Their virtues have been recognized through the ages and all the religious traditions of the world have sung their praisesMore…
Beginning October 2
6:00pm to 8:00pm
A Workshop for Men and Women as they Approach and Pass that Amazing Milestone of 60 Years. Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.More…
6 Wednesdays • Beginning October 11 • 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Everyone can sing, and it is incredibly valuable – whether you think you can sing or not. Come find out why singing will help you experience a much fuller and richer life.
This workshop is for anyone who wishes to explore how singing, and especially how singing and chanting the songs from many traditions – from ancient to modern – can enrich one’s experience of life.More…
On Going Workshops
These workshops are offered weekly, year-round. New comers are welcome to join at anytime.
10:00 to 11:30 am
Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that life brings. The group is intended for those who have some experience in meditation, whether they have practiced with other groups or mostly on their own.More…