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Why my personality is like the Tory government...oh shit

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Aug 2020

The human personality is a prolific liar and an incompetent manager of life - which is why it so reminds me of the present Tory government.

This government proceeds along its cheerless way with both the suppression of truth and with active untruth.

And it is busy with all this because of its clear and present incompetence.

Cover-up is essential…

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Please avoid a positive self-image

Posted by Simon Parke, 10 Aug 2020

It is helpful if you do not have an image of yourself, positive or negative.

An image of our selves causes nothing but trouble for our lives.

The issues with a negative self-image are not difficult to see. They might stop us getting out of bed in the morning, for instance; or, cause us to erect a wall to keep people away…

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The most brilliant acorn story

Posted by Simon Parke, 6 Aug 2020

The human personality, a construct of our early-years development, is sometimes compared to an acorn.

It can be a shiny acorn.

It can be a tough acorn.

Sometimes it may be a merry little acorn.

It can even be polished and treated and looked after religiously…

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Behind the scenery, my fantasy's end

Posted by Simon Parke, 4 Aug 2020

So after the show, I decide to go behind the scenery, to go back stage.

I’ve marvelled at the performance, at the cleverness of it all; but standing here now, I see what holds the scenery together, the cogs and the pulleys, how everything works, the sleights-of-hand, the professional deceptions.

I’m amazed. There’s more going on behind the scenes than there was in front!..

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Are you the sensitive type?

Posted by Simon Parke, 27 Jul 2020

I’d like to ponder the word ‘sensitive’; it may need reclaiming

Sometimes an individual is called sensitive because they take things to heart, criticism or whatever

‘They’re a bit sensitive!’

But in my world, this isn’t sensitive; this is just insecure…

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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’.

Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.


An audio version of my quiet day at the Medatio Centre in London. Sit back, self-isolate and enjoy... and pause when necessary. The truth may be in the pause...


When we become disconnected from who we are, however it happens, it is a long journey home. Using sessions, meditations and silence, this retreat offers safe space and skilful attitudes towards the recovery of our true self.

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