Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is a licensed therapist and writer with a Doctor of Education in Counseling and an MFA in Creative Writing. He maintains a counseling practice in Missoula Montana and has taught graduate level classes in psychotherapy. He is a published author of numerous articles and reviews and has an established credibility in his field. In addition to his clinical and academic work, Dr. Peterson is a composer with several short film scores and the musical soundtrack to the Simon and Schuster audio book Her Last Death to his credit.

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The Next Ten Minutes

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Everyday mindfulness.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I would love so much to return to Beijing. Although I wouldn't complain about waking up in Rome.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Tristram Shandy

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I wish I could be John Linnell of They Might Be Giants.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I have a Buddhist prayer tacked up on my wall:

May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.

May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that knows no suffering.

May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and anger that hold some close and others distant.


In truth, I have no idea what perfect happiness is or whether it's possible to attain. But if it is possible, I suspect that these four aspirations point the way to it.

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