Past Events

What do you see? Practices in Beholding Mindfulness A presentation by Adriana Kowal, Lecturer - Philosophy Department, Tuesday, 11/5: 4:30 – 6 pm
Haggerty Museum of Art

What do you see? We tend to pass over things quickly, ignoring the layers and depths of what the world has to offer to us. We look at the objective formations (shapes, colors, objects, subject matter, etc.) and often move on without ever pausing to let the deeper layers reveal themselves to us.  Mindful beholding, developed by Joanna Ziegler, professor of Visual Arts and Art History at Holy Cross, is the practice of allowing the world to appear to us and to allow ourselves to experience embodied connectedness. Allowing ourselves to have the freedom and space to explore our own thoughts, feelings, experiences without judgment is the act of mindful beholding.  Philosophy Lecturer Adriana Kowal will invite participants to look at one abstract painting, just one, and to sit in front of it and respond to the question: What do you see? By focusing attention again and again, participants will notice changes in the painting. As they notice these changes in the painting, they will learn to recognize changes in themselves.

Ancient Participatory Music Experience with Kaita Bliffert

Wednesday, 11/13: 4:30 – 6 pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church

Kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that quiets the mind, relaxes the body, opens the heart, and can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. It is one of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world. The Kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the Kirtan calls upon contemplation to remove obstacles and bring us back to the center of our being.  Local musician Kaita Bliffert recently released her debut album “Let Go” and will lead the participatory music experience along with two other Kirtan artists.   No experience necessary.


A presentation by Mark McDonough
Pastor, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee
Monday, April 29, 3:30-5:00pm
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Conference Center B/C

McDonough gave an interactive presentation reminding the more than 50 participating students, faculty and staff how to 1) quiet the mind, 2) experience the food that we eat, 3) call to mind food associations with events and people, 4) and to be aware of how food is made, grown, processed, and what it takes to get food to our tables. He ended the discussion asking participants to move from mindless to mindful eating. 




Mindfulness in Every Day Life

Dr. Paul Norton, Monday, November 05, 3:30 – 5 pm
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Beaumier B/C
While it may seem that feeling lost, overwhelmed, and worried are modern-day problems, worry has been around for a long time. Mindfulness is an ages-old tool that has been refined by practitioners in the 21st century to be practical and applicable to the digital age. Paul Norton will introduce the background of the practice and give us introductory training in the valuable techniques of meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Free Lecture.

12/3: Centering Prayer, by Barbara Prendergast (Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier A, 4- 5 pm).
Centering Prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Father Thomas Keating, founder of Contemplative Outreach, adapted the prayer methods of earlier times to give us Centering Prayer, a method of prayer that is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but to add depth of meaning to all prayer, facilitating a movement into a receptive prayer of resting in God. In this talk, Barbara will introduce us to Centering Prayer and its technique.
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12/6: Miksang Contemplative Photography Show (Honors Program, Coughlin Hall – Lower Level, 001, 4 - 5:30 pm). View the wonderful and miraculous perceptions of a semester-long exploration of Mindfulness in Photography.

Light Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact instructor; for more information about Miksang:




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