Author: Peter Schaller

The Faces of Meditation: Peter Schaller

    By Peter Schaller I am not always as disciplined as I should be about meditation, but it is a practice that has brought me a lot of peace and focus in my life. Sitting meditation, for at least 10 minutes a day, gives us three precious things that are so scarce in our busy lives: silence, stillness and solitude. The simple act of sweeping our minds clean of bothersome thoughts can open us up to the amazing presence of the divine. When I meditate, I think of the Dharma as a river. Sometimes, if I can’t get too...

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How to Create Positive Change in a World Divided

    By Peter Schaller In 1992, I was young and green, very Green. I was living in Richmond, Virginia, studying at Virginia Commonwealth University and organizing a local chapter of the Virginia Green Party on the side. A handful of idealistic students had revived the barely breathing Richmond Greens and we had converted them into the James River Greens, full of youthful vigor and oblivious idealism. Everything was grooving along until we slammed into Earth Day. I had always felt that Earth Day was a hoax, just like most holidays. Why wait until April 22nd to honor the...

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For Those Who Die in Silence

  By Peter Schaller Her name was Julia, she was 35 years old. She had two children, both boys, and lived in a forgotten neighborhood, on the steep hills on the outskirts of the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  She was born into poverty and lived in poverty. Julia died in October, and no one created a meme to share on Facebook. No one tweeted about her the day she died. She had cervical cancer, which was detected much too late for treatment. The doctors tried anyway, but she got quickly and progressively worse. I took her to the hospital on a...

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Peace in the Perfect Chaos of Nature.

  By Peter D. Schaller The Chaos of Clouds It’s Friday afternoon and I’m driving home from the mountainous, northern region of Nicaragua, to the arid flat-lands of Managua. The sun is making a mad dash for the horizon, sliding quietly across the clear sky as I drive. Hot air rushes through the open windows, left over from a sweltering day. When I reach the final pass that descends to sea level, to the dusty plains outside of Managua, the sun disappears behind lake Xolotlán, leaving the sky with radiant, earth light. This last mountain before Managua, La Cuesta...

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Gratitude, No Camera.

By Peter Schaller I once commented to my friend Jane that walking around with a photographer is akin to walking around with a three year old child. Everything is a wonder, a possibility, art in the waiting. When I said this, we were walking on Hammonasset beach in Connecticut, and I was stopping every four feet to photograph shells, driftwood, sand, water, sky, footprints… She and her dog, Sam, were graciously patient, though I am well aware that it gets old, quickly. The camera can be an amazing tool for capturing things that are present, but often go unseen....

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