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Those dreadful glasses

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Oct 2021

If we’re given inappropriate glasses for our eyes, it’s difficult to see.

We’ll have impaired vision, probably blurred and we’ll end up with a headache.

In this state, we’ll neither view the world clearly nor feel well-disposed towards it.

It is the same with desire, which daily seeks to guide our eyes…

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When do you feel most safe? And when most alive?

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Oct 2021

Here are two questions:

When do you feel safe? And, when do you feel most alive?

They might appear similar questions, almost inter-changeable, but it may be they are quite different. We’ll see.

Starting with safety, it’s helpful to know when you feel safe. In Maslow’s famous pyramid…

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This is my house/Can therapy help?

Posted by Simon Parke, 11 Oct 2021

In therapy, I describe my house to another

‘This is my house.’

I tell them about the space, the clutter, my favourite room, difficult times, good times, people who’ve passed through, all sorts of things, really; things I never expected to say because – well, I didn’t know they were there.

It is strange how liberating this can be…

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Not relaxing by the pool

Posted by Simon Parke, 6 Oct 2021

RELAXING by the pool is not as easy as it sounds. First, there are the ‘towel wars’; and then the dreaded ‘entertainments’ team.

For 50 weeks of the year, your towel is an innocent puppy in your bathroom. But, for the other two weeks, it is a growling attack-dog, sitting in snarling defence of your poolside sunbed…

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How to listen

Posted by Simon Parke, 1 Oct 2021

As well as being my son’s birthday, Sunday October 10th World Mental Health Day 2021.

In response to the latter, I thought I’d write briefly about listening.

As you’ll know from personal experience, good listening makes a huge difference to our lives. But it’s something many struggle with; not a skill many of us were taught.

As someone said to me yesterday, ‘I’ve got some really good friends – but none of them can listen’...

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Cover of A Hearse at Midnight

A young man’s body is discovered at the seaside beauty spot of Splash Point. He drowns beneath a cold, uncaring moon; and it proves to be a ‘hungry death’, not sated by one unfortunate corpse. There must, and will, be more.

Cover of Gospel: Rumours of Love

‘Meet Jesus unplugged,’ writes former Fleet Street editor, Richard Addis, after reading Simon’s latest novel, Gospel: Rumours of Love. ‘In a stunning act of imagination, Simon Parke shatters every stained glass window in your mind.’

Cover of Solitude

In Solitude: Recovering the power of alone, Simon describes solitude as the active path to inner silence and takes us on an enthralling journey there. In a world of haste and distraction, he commends the way of stillness and withdrawal where we can ‘recover the power of alone’.

 
ALL SHALL BE WELL: THE MUSICAL
Julian of Norwich

I've been working with musical theatre composer Martin Hoile on a musical based on the life and work of Julian of Norwich. Hear the songs and read about the musical here: All Shall Be Well.

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