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I visit my dad in hospital

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Oct 2020

My dad is in hospital.

On the day my granddaughter crawled for the first time, with due excitement all round, my dad fell over in the street again – the hopeful and sad symmetry of life.

There was a day when he crawled for the first time, when everyone oohd and arrd…

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When things are uncertain

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 Oct 2020

When things are uncertain, I can still do things, do difficult things

I can be a friend to myself, rather than attack myself

I can feel all my feelings, for no feeling is a crime

I can speak of my fears, I can ask for help…

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A path to sanity

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Oct 2020

Everyone thinks they’re sane; and while no one is, some are closer than others.

I have known sanity occasionally, like a light on a distant hill; but then wandered away - for sanity is a dynamic notion, a continuum we move up and down. I might be saner in the morning, less sane in the afternoon.

Stress tends to make us less sane.

So what is sanity?...

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This eternal moment

Posted by Simon Parke, 5 Oct 2020

She’s in her seventies. She has discovered certain things about herself, truths she didn’t know, but she is sad.

‘Why are you sad?’

‘I wish I’d known these things earlier in my life,’ she says. ‘Things might have been different’...

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Catastrophising. I fear the worst!

Posted by Simon Parke, 30 Sep 2020

I have a terrible headache and suddenly start worrying that I have a brain tumour.

My daughter is a few minutes late from school and I begin to fear that she has been abducted.

My boss gives me an odd look and I start to wonder if I am about to be made redundant…

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Cover of Solitude

In Solitude: Recovering the power of alone, Simon describes solitude as the active path to inner silence and takes us on an enthralling journey there. In a world of haste and distraction, he commends the way of stillness and withdrawal where we can ‘recover the power of alone’.

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.


An audio version of my quiet day at the Medatio Centre in London. Sit back, self-isolate and enjoy... and pause when necessary. The truth may be in the pause...


Headteachers from the Colchester area take some time out from the educational coal-face to ponder their loves and look after the inner fire.

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