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Discerning the wise

Posted by Simon Parke, 22 Nov 2017

The wise do not speak from their strength.

Nor do they speak from their cleverness.

The wise do not speak from their need to find a solution…

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Emily saves

Posted by Simon Parke, 21 Nov 2017

My poem of the week was once sent to me by a newspaper editor; and I’ve had it at my work desk ever since.

He was helping me become a better writer.

But the poem makes me a more wondering human too.

And less urgent.

It’s by Emily Dickinson, a reclusive New England poet in the 19th century…

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The power of your heart

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Nov 2017

Breathe deeply for a moment.

Allow your body some calm.

You deserve that.

And ponder this moment.

This moment in your life…

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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.

The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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