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The caged bird

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Nov 2015

I’m hosting a retreat next week at Launde Abbey.

We may start with this story.

The Caged Bird

The little bird called Tamsin looked out on the world with excitement. And when she made her first flight from the nest, she was over the moon…well, nearly!..

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More tea, vicar?

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Nov 2015

Being a vicar in the Church of England is not all tea and cucumber sandwiches on the bishop’s lawn.

Indeed, expectations today mean that it’s never been harder to wear the dog-collar…

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When the shoe fits

Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Nov 2015

My poem of the week, ‘When the shoe fits’, is by Chuang-Tzu, who lived in China around 300BC.

He was a philosopher and comedian, two crafts that go well together…

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Cover of One Minute Mindfulness

My book One Minute Mindfulness has been re-published by Hay House, with additional material – and a sparkling new cover! Here are stories and reflections to help us see through clear eyes, return to the present moment and remain there.

Simon's Mindful Lifebelts app

Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.

A contemplative four days at the start of Advent, fusing the insight of the Enneagram and the longing for more authentic prayer. The retreat will be built around teaching and silence, with the chance to meet Simon one-to-one if desired.

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