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The People of the Lie

Posted by Simon Parke, 20 Nov 2019

In the recent leaders’ debate between Johnson and Corbyn, there was open and derisive laughter from the floor when Johnson was asked about the issue of trust.

This is not surprising; Johnson’s commitment to truth is fleeting at best. More on that anon. But even the Tory journalist, Peter Oborne – he of the far-right Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail - is disturbed as he surveys the massacre of candour…

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Handling pressure

Posted by Simon Parke, 18 Nov 2019

The theme of the day conference was ‘Surviving Job Pressure’.

Assembled were IT consultants, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, HR managers and many others.

They had an ‘Inspirational Speaker’ giving them tips… and one of the tips was this…

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My recent visit to A&E

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Nov 2019

‘Please wipe up the blood.
Don’t leave it for someone else.’

It’s not a common sign on an office wall, but this is no ordinary office.  I’m sitting in one of the A&E cubicles in Eastbourne hospital and, in a sad bid for a sense of control, I’m trying to work out exactly who everyone is by their uniform – and I’m failing…

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Ted Hughes' beautiful letter to his son

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 Nov 2019

The poet Ted Hughes wrote a letter to his son Nicholas on his 24th birthday.

He was a fragile young man, vulnerable to the world, child-like. Here are his father’s words, describing how the ego forms a secondary self around our true self; and the problems this causes…

‘It’s something people don’t discuss…

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The so-solid crew

Posted by Simon Parke, 11 Nov 2019

It’s like close magic: we’re left wondering ‘How?’

Some would call it a miracle even - that as we empty ourselves we become more solid.

How can this be?

We sometimes say so-and-so is a ‘big personality’...

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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.

Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.

 
SIMON'S NEXT RETREAT

Using stories, meditations, interaction and silence, this quiet day at the Medatio Centre in London, based on my book, The Journey Home, will give space for the scars and misdirections, as well as the light, the love and the healing.

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