Year of Mindfulness: 2016-2017

year-of-mindfulness-smallWelcome to Allegheny College, and to the Year of Mindfulness, our annual theme for 2016-17. In today’s frantic world, practicing mindfulness can help us pause, refocus, and gain perspective. Mindfulness invites us to center ourselves in the present moment, without regret over the past or anxiety about the future. The Year of Mindfulness is not merely a series of events, but a challenge to our campus community to live this year with mindfulness and intention. To pay attention!

“Mindfulness is quite simply paying attention to what is going on.”

—Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks Into a Bar

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”

—Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.”


Speakers include Buddhist practitioners, poets, and a neurologist. Artistic events include a sand mandala created by Tibetan monks, Middle Eastern music and dance, art exhibitions, and a one-person show.