Groups Meeting at the Center

The Center for Mindful Living is home to a number of groups that offer the opportunity for weekly practice of mindfulness.  All visitors to the Center for Mindful Living are invited to attend any of these group gatherings.  While a donation may be suggested, no one will ever be turned away for a lack of funds.
Meditation groups meet in the Meditation & Contemplation Room at the Center for Mindful Living.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is one of the two main forms of Christian meditation practices, with the intention of sitting or resting quietly in the presence of God. The group meets every Monday from 1-2 p.m., and consists of a 20 minute period of Centering Prayer followed by a shared study.

Dr. Barbara Ray will be facilitating the group. Dr. Ray is a professor of special education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who has practiced Centering Prayer for many years and was trained by Contemplative Outreach as a Centering Prayer facilitator in 2008. Any interested person is invited.

Weekly meetings: Mondays, 1:00-2:00pm
Cost: Donation suggested, but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds
Contact Person:  Barbara Ray at

Chattanooga Insight Meditation Group
Chattanooga Insight is dedicated to the teaching and practice of meditation and mindfulness in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. Informed by Buddhism and other contemplative traditions, we will explore themes such as mindfulness, insight, daily life practice, and the transformative power of presence.

Weekly meetings: Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:45pm p.m. in the Meditation Room
Cost: Donation suggested
Contact person: Yong Oh at
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Dream Group

The Dream Group is based on the psychology of Carl Jung who made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of the unconscious and to using dreams as a gateway to understanding the unconscious. Jung advised that the best way to start benefiting from dreams is to write them down and to wonder about them with others.

There are many ways to work a dream; in this Dream Group at the Center, the subjective method is used in combination with the group projection method. The subjective method looks at everything in the dream as a part of the dreamer. The group projection method allows everyone in the group to work the dream and goes something like this:

The dreamer tells the dream. The group members question the dreamer about parts of the dream for which they would like further clarification and then they ask permission from the dreamer to take the dream as their own. The dreamer just listens while the group members wonder about the dream in terms of what the symbols might be saying to each of them if it were their dream. Comments by the group members about the dream are always prefaced with, “In my dream . . .”

There can be “aha moments” in dream work, but more important than an “aha” is the relationship developed with the unconscious. Transformation comes, not from understanding the dream but, from the intensity with which the dream images are engaged.

Facilitator: Susu Smartt & Lisa Harrison
Meeting Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 12:00 noon
If interested, please contact Susu by email:

Tara Mandala Buddhist Sangha
The Tara Mandala Sangha
practices Tibetan Buddhism under the direction of Lama Tsultrim Allione, Director of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for sitting meditation. The group's practice changes, so please refer to the Facebook Page or contact them for up to date information.

Meeting Date/Time:
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 pm
: Voluntary donation suggested.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
Contact information: Jennifer Fahey at

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