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One-Minute Mindfulness: How to Live in the Moment [Paperback]

Simon Parke
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3 Jan 2011

Sometimes we can lose touch with ourselves so much that we don't even know we have done so, until suddenly we realise with a start that we have just been going through the motions, without really experiencing our lives.

The simple fact is that in today's world, we spend so much time looking forward, rushing on to the next thing, or looking backwards, stressing and worrying about our perceived mistakes, that we rarely still ourselves and our minds enough to be truly in the present moment.

In One-Minute Mindfulness, Simon Parke uses stories and simple thoughts to help us see through clear eyes how we can return to the present moment and remain there. This subtle change can be startlingly healing, bringing peace into every area of our lives, allowing us to live freely and fully, and to honour what is true for each of us. Both inspiring and practical, this book is for anyone who wants to come home to themselves.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (3 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848502699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848502697
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Parke... has an uncanny knack of gently directing you onto the right path to your inner knowing and truth. (Kindred Spirit Magazine 2010-07-01)

About the Author

Daily Mail columnist Simon Parke spent 20 years as a priest in the Church of England, and three years working in a supermarket, stacking shelves and contemplating the meaning of life. He has written extensively, producing award-winning scripts for TV and radio, and a collection of novels. Simon runs, leads retreats, meets with people looking for a new way in their life, and follows the beautiful game.


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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 13 Mar 2011
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I read Shelf Life by the same author and was impressed by his ability to see meaning in everyday life so I thought I would try this book. It is a collection of thoughts and observations which can be read in one minute or less. It could be read straight through but I think the reader will miss a lot by doing this. It is better to dip into it a few pages at a time and think about what the author is saying.

There are thoughts on anger and despair and thoughts about letting go and forgiving. If you've ever noticed how the world seems to conspire against you when you're in a bad mood then this is the book for you. I found reading a few pages and thinking about what was being said really helped me when I was feeling down or upset. The author reminds you that there are more important things in the world and that pleasure can be obtained from everyday things - a sunny day, a smile.

Well worth keeping beside you to dip into when needed or perhaps when you wake up or before you go to sleep. I shall definitely be returning to this book again and again.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calm 30 April 2011
I am currently having Counselling and my Counselor often talks about being 'mindful' but i've never really fully understood the meaning of it.

This book doesn't patronise, or lecture you. It's not one of those 'self-help' books that say the same thing over and over again...leaving you with thinking "If only it were that simple..."

It's a series of little events....of analogies and meditations that cause you to think...and apply the meaning by yourself to your own situation.

Each mini meditation is no more than a page long, so it makes it easy to commit to reading one a day at least and it helps to re-focus your mind and bring you back to the present.

If you are, like me, a big thinker and a worrier, this book certainly helps you to think in a different way, but also enables you to make the decision to think that way for yourself.

An empowering and beautiful read! Without sounding too flowery, this book is changing my life.

Thank you!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview of 'mindfulness' 11 Aug 2011
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A superb book and a good way to start each day. The book takes you through the process of mindfulness in short relevant vignettes with the emphasis of living in the present moment. This should be obvious to all but we frequently lose sight in the chase and minutia of every day life and it is all too easy to lose the wisdom so eloquently presented here. Highly recommended.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathing for a quieter mind 4 Feb 2011
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For people who like humour as well as common sense in their meditation books, this book is for them. Simon Parke concentrates on simple breathing techniques to bring one's mind into the present moment and quieten one's thoughts; ever more necessary for most of us today. Following on from the ever popular and widely read 'One Minute Mystic' this book, too, contains thought-provoking, often moving, evocations of ways in which we confront life's joys and sorrows. I try to read a thought or two every morning to 'set myself up' for the day ahead. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 Jan 2013
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Buy it. It's amazing! Dip in and out, I'm not sure who this man is but he is very wise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mindfulness in minutes.............. 25 Oct 2012
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A lovely book, enables people to just read a page a day if they wish, some people lead very busy lives and this is just one way in which 'mindfulness' can be fitted in......some very good 'teachings'.................enjoyable 'wisdom'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, not the worst. 4 May 2013
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There are lots of thing to admire about this book, valuable insights throughout.
For me, however, much of the delivery is too "sermonised". Perhaps to be expected, as the author spent many years as a Church of England minister, but, not to my taste, unfortunately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a coffee or loo break. 4 Feb 2013
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Changes your thought process asnd stops the thoughts at hand and going round and round( monkey mind). Taken with a few slow breaths, if circumstances allow, it relaxes mind and body. Can be used as a distraction technique during periods of extreame tension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Made everyone in my house laugh
Not sure if we just didn't 'get it' but this book seemed like a joke to us and every time any of went to read one of the pages it just made us laugh as we thought it was pretty... Read more
Published 7 months ago by WesternDallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the cover
Simon Parke does it again!

Following 'One Minute Mystic', 'One Minute Mindfulness' is another book full of simple meditations, that take about one minute to read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read dip in and out at random.
Easy to read. Good value sound advice. Better than a psychiatrist in your own home.Pick up and put down at your leisure.
Published 8 months ago by m owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was after.
I don't think this book is a poor book, but I was looking for one with explanations of techniques or exercises use follow. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Reading reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This book for me didn't really explain enough the meaning of living mindfully. I did read through it and may well pick it up again and give it another go.
Published 13 months ago by Maria Kitson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Parke
This Book decribes "How To Live In This Moment"

The only moment we can live! ~ Great book

Highly recommended!

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading
For anybody going through difficult times or just interested in mindfulness.

Easy to read and some very inspiring quotes and stories.
Published 14 months ago by P
3.0 out of 5 stars One-Minute Mindfulness
Not quite what I expected. I think I thought it would be more instructional. Not as helpful as I had hoped
Published 15 months ago by sue
3.0 out of 5 stars In one minute...I thought about paying my fair share of tax
Good service! Prompt delivery...exactly what I was after.

Now Amazon, pay your fair share of tax!!

Lead by example - do the right thing....
Published 16 months ago by Kenneth R Smith
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