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When Jeremy Clarkson leaves

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Mar 2015

Jeremy Clarkson is a wonderful image of the human personality.

Clever, funny, knowledgeable, rude - perfectly designed to get where he has done in his chosen mediums of word and TV.

Cash, success, adoration - he’s bloody brilliant, a national treasure!..

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As I grew older

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Mar 2015

My poem of the week is ‘As I grew older’ by Langston Hughes.

He was a 20th century American poet and social activist, who knew the shadows.

Does he find the sun here?..

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Facing a mad world

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Mar 2015

I am drawn to this story about what the virtue of detachment looks like in a mad world.

(You can substitute your own experience of this mad world as you read.)

The story concerns the Zen Master Bokusan during the civil disturbances of the 19th century when a fugitive samurai took refuge in the temple where he lived…

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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.

Cover of A Director's Cut

Set in the seaside town of Stormhaven, the third Abbot Peter mystery, A Director’s Cut, opens the curtain on a dark tale of murder and revenge in theatreland. Abbot Peter and his niece DI Tamsin Shah, are drawn like lambs to the slaughter into the grievance behind the greasepaint and a rage behind the stage.

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 dabbled a little, but would like to give the teaching more time.

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