Above: See Simon talk about each of the 10 skilfull attitudes in The Beautiful Life in these 10 one-minute clips. The first clip is shown above, but click here to see all 10 skilfull attitudes.
The Beautiful Life gives ten new commandments for coping with the stresses, strains and pressures of modern-day living. Looking always with the inner eye, it is a book in search of psychological truth – the truth from which people are made and live. It describes the energies and textures of our life – emotional, mental, visceral, spiritual – and discerns the ‘sorryness and grandeur’ in all. The ten new commandments offered are ten skilful attitudes in pursuit of the beautiful life. Our past has made us, but does not define us, and we each have a genius for the future through simple attention to familiar things. The book draws on a wide tradition of human experience, and using story, illustration and comment, invites us to be alchemists for our own transformation. It is a handbook for those who know that something is always over – and that something has always begun. It suggests the work of life – the work beneath all other work.
About the author
Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for 20 years, and is now a writer. His most recent books are One-Minute Mystic, Shelf Life and The Enneagram. He runs, leads retreats, meets with people looking for a new way in their life, and follows the beautiful game.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published January 2010
Duration: 3h 55m
“Children and the Light” by Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick – ALF Rose had this experience many years ago when he was ill with pneumonia as a young child of four or five.
Suddenly I was out of my body and floating near the top of the window in my bedroom. I could see myself in bed and my mother kneeling at the side of the bed. She was crying and looked very distressed. I gazed at this scene for a little while and remember that I didn't feel any emotion at all and was completely indifferent to what I saw. Without any warning at all I was travelling very swiftly through a dense forest. Read here