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This wild dog called pain

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Nov 2017

We walk with our pain like one with a wild dog on a lead.

We seem to have acquired this creature, this attachment, somewhere along the way –  we didn’t choose it.

And we’re not in control of this animal, that’s for sure…

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The art of being present

Posted by Simon Parke, 14 Nov 2017

People say it is good to live in the present. and this makes sense.

The past is stale bread, the future is no bread, the present is fresh bread.

However, it’s difficult to be present… despite it seeming the most obvious and easy thing in the world…

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Down at the sorting office

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Nov 2017

Here are two parcels you will need to collect from the sorting office.

You’ll need to collect a hot package of anger and sit kindly with it for a while.

Let any self-righteous rage or wild fury that arises give way in time to simple anger, specific to your memory and experience…

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Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

My latest novel in the Abbot Peter murder mystery series, The Indecent Death of a Madam, is published on 21 September by Marylebone House. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.

Simon's Mindful Lifebelts app

Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.

The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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