What Gives Life Meaning?

By promoting greater self-understanding and exploring ways to care for each other, this website is a resource for anyone seeking to live more purposefully.  


There are two key components for experiencing life as meaningful. The first is to develop practices that cultivate the most authentic version of yourself. This is the work of a lifetime and deeply rewarding in and of itself. The second integral part of living purposefully is offering your unique gifts to a larger community and, also, recognizing and encouraging the gifts of others. 


Fortunately, we now live in a world where we can access resources to help us develop the insight and skills to become authentic. But however fulfilling our personal lives, we are all negatively impacted by a crisis of belonging. Research shows over and over how loneliness and lack of connection is nearly an epidemic for people of all ages. This crisis is making us physically and emotionally sick. It is breaking down civil society and, thus, is preventing us from coming together to solve our urgent problems. We need places to practice how to have healthy relationships, make room for difference, and skillfully address the tensions that inevitably arise.


Creating vibrant communities will lead us out of this crisis of belonging. The skills to do this must be learned and practiced. Like cultivating our authentic selves, creating communities at the heart of change is the work of a lifetime. Through the challenging and transformative work of creating vibrant communities, we can overcome our separateness and live together in a way that is sustainable and life-affirming. Our very lives depend upon it.

Lisa Kentgen PhD

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