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The white out of silence

Posted by Simon Parke, 14 Oct 2019

In the Antarctic, explorers talk about ‘white out’.

It’s when you step outside your tent and see only white.

The ground is white, the sky is white, the horizon is white, the air is white.

‘It’s like vertigo,’ said one seasoned adventurer…

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On the benefits of cutting off your head

Posted by Simon Parke, 9 Oct 2019

Thoughts shoot from our mind like bullets from a gun – hard, shiny, lethal….and often mis-directed.

Yet it’s common for people to express their thoughts as though they are somehow true: ‘It’s self-evident to me that…’

Sometimes I question people about this…

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The meditation of attention

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Oct 2019

There’s a lot going on in the world – and you’re a wonderful part of all that.

I would like to reach out and give you a medal for services to the world thus far.

Though sometimes you might wish to supplement your genius, be still for ten minutes and practice the meditation of attention…

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Seaford - home to the famous

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Oct 2019

So why was Winston Churchill always in Seaford? Why so many visits?

Well, we‘ll get to that, because when you’re a town like Seaford, you don’t have many trump cards – so any you do have, you play carefully.

Churchill became PM of course…

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Arriving at the here and now

Posted by Simon Parke, 4 Oct 2019

People say it is good to live in the present, and this makes sense.

The past is stale bread, the future is no bread, the present is fresh bread.

However, it is difficult to be present… despite it seeming the most obvious and easy thing in the world.

In truth, most of us are hardly ever present and one of the reasons is that we can only be present without judgement…

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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.


Julian of Norwich was the most remarkable of the 14th century mystics, whose Revelations of Divine Love has only grown in substance down the centuries. On this retreat, in a contemplative spirit, we sit with Julian in her cell in 14th century England, listening both to the remarkable times in which she lived; and to her life, her words and her soul.

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