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Emptying self to listen

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Oct 2017

There are many aides to listening.

One of them is the ability to self-empty…or de-create ourselves.

We can’t suddenly stop being who we are, of course; and sometimes, who we are is our genius.

But to listen to someone, to create that magic space, there has to be some de-creation of ourselves…

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On being conscious

Posted by Simon Parke, 18 Oct 2017

Consciousness…it’s a rare bird.

Sometimes some people are conscious.

Though in most of us, it’s rather partial.

To be conscious is to be one self… without a confusion of other selves…

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This death bed scene

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 Oct 2017

We face more death now; but many of us face it less supported by meaning.

We cannot avoid death, even if we wish to.

The death of those we know, and maybe love; but more frequently, celebrity deaths on social media…

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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.

On this retreat, through teaching, meditation and silence, we’ll ponder the purpose and practice of mindfulness; we’ll consider how we engage with and process our thoughts and feelings and how, through such awareness, we might live more spacious and more present lives.

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