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The secondary self

Posted by Simon Parke, 28 Jul 2016

The poet Ted Hughes can help us.

Away from his poetry, he once wrote a birthday letter to his 24-year-old son, who was struggling with his own difficulties at the time.

In the letter, he said this…

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How social media kills

Posted by Simon Parke, 27 Jul 2016

As my friend Mark Godson said, social media is fine as long as you understand the rules:

Everyone is lying.

Because it can get depressing and lead you to reflect unhappily on your own life…

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Why there's no such thing as bad language

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Jul 2016

‘Can I raise just one more thing?’ he asked as our meeting drew to an end.

‘Certainly,’ I said.

‘I’ve noticed that on one or two occasions on this retreat, your language has been a little - how shall we say?- fruity.’...

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Cover of A (Very) Public School Murder

My latest book A (Very) Public School Murder is published on 19 May by Marylebone House. Abbot Peter and his niece DI Tamsin Shah, investigate murder when the local school’s Headmaster, Jamie King, is found dead at the bottom of Stormhaven’s famous white cliffs. Read more and pre-order your copy.

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.

Life gives us a narrative about ourselves. In our formative years, other people and events leave us with a view of our life which, for better or for worse, we then live out. This guided retreat gives us the chance to ponder gently the narrative of our lives.

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