Teacher Spotlight: Paul Peterson

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors - and businesses - we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better.

So, here are four questions to help you get to know Paul Peterson. He'll be leading us in Beginner's Meditation on Wednesday, October 12.

How did you get started in your profession?

Meditation and teaching meditation are two things I never dreamed of pursing. Like most good things in life, they found me. I learned about meditation at a community meditation center I visited in college. I noticed I simply felt better after I sat quietly for a while. I later had many opportunities to sit quietly in natural settings and in urban settings, but especially on organic farms where I lived and worked. I am fortunate to have had meditation teachers who, after a while, asked me to share with others what I had learned from sitting quietly. I’ve found that sitting quietly with other people can be pleasant and powerful, especially when we share our experiences of what happens when we sit. This sense of community and the shared benefits people seem to have when they practice meditation has kept me interested in teaching.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

Because of blackberry white chocolate chip ice cream at Clumpies.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

How to play the banjo.

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I'm a classically trained pianist.