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War and Peace

Posted by Simon Parke, 9 Feb 2016

War and Peace is nothing like Wolf Hall.

Ultimately, War and Peace is a love story, while Wolf Hall is quite the opposite.

But as TV adaptations of vast novels, they are equally successful…

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My letter to Jack Kerouac

Posted by Simon Parke, 8 Feb 2016

Dear Jack,

I feel moved to write after reading something you wrote.

You died in 1969 – as if you need me to tell you that. You were young, only forty seven; but long-term alcohol abuse took its toll on your body, and unfortunately we only have one…

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The stress hormone

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Feb 2016

I was thinking about stress in my ‘sixty second thought’ on BBC Sussex recently.

Stress arises when we’re unable to cope with our circumstances; and being unable to cope is familiar to us all.

It’s helpful, however, if we allow stress, when it arrives, to pass through our body, without it staying.

The stress hormone cortisol is useful for short-term defensive behaviour…

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Cover of One Minute Mindfulness

My book One Minute Mindfulness has been re-published by Hay House, with additional material – and a sparkling new cover! Here are stories and reflections to help us see through clear eyes, return to the present moment and remain there.

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.

What is the Enneagram? How can it help me? In a contemplative climate, Simon offers the chance to reflect more deeply on this profound understanding of personality types. This week is both for beginners and for those who have travelled a little with this teaching, but would like to give it more time to permeate their lives.

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