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.
Current and Upcoming Programs
The Center is pleased to offer the following programs. 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 in the Homburg area.
For more information or to register, click on the links to the programs listed below:
December 17, 2017
7:00pm to 8:30pm
In all of the great contemplative spiritual traditions, repeating aloud a sacred verse is a way of opening to the divine indwelling. Sacred Poetry creates a container for individual experience – and group community building.
Beginning January 5, 2018
11:30am to 12:30pm
If you’ve wanted to learn how to meditate but don’t know where to start, or if you’d like to receive some instruction and experience the benefits of sitting with a group, please join us for this introductory class on meditation.
Beginning January 16, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00 pm
Often, the first step we take on the spiritual path is a denial of any divinity within. We seek elsewhere. We hope to earn worthiness of future grace. We strive to elevate ourselves above what we now are. This series will explore an alternative approach: learning to recognize our deepest nature.
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.