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The Four Gates of Advent: No.2 - the Gate of Gratitude

Posted by Simon Parke, 5 Dec 2022

Sometimes in the day, we need to step away from the tram lines of our current mind set in order to find fresh possibilities, different space.

On difficult days, we may need to do this more than once.

So, we step off our well-beaten track, which can leave us beat, and plunge into the rich undergrowth of our consciousness discover a gate which might save us.

On such gate is the gate of gratitude…

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The Four Gates of Advent: No.1 - The Gate of Inquiry

Posted by Simon Parke, 28 Nov 2022

Sometimes in the day, we need to step away from the tram lines of our current mind set in order to find fresh possibilities, different space.

On difficult days, we may need to do this more than once.

So, we step off our well-beaten track, which can leave us beat, and plunge into the rich undergrowth of our consciousness discover a gate which might save us…

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Why I will not be 'lonely this Christmas'

Posted by Simon Parke, 23 Nov 2022

This is a meditation on the shift from dependency to intimacy.

But let us begin at the beginning.

Our sense of self develops initially in relationship with those around us – with our mother and then with others.

From here on, our feeling of self swims in an atmosphere of relationships internalised from our past…

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November, this strange lantern

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Nov 2022

November brings no announcements.

Just sudden dark as the clocks go back, a loss of light on the walk home from work.

‘I’m still recovering,’ she says. ‘Just can’t get myself going.’

And the sodden ground, watered and watered, then watered again, and grass that won’t dry…

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Mastery or mystery?

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Nov 2022

Today, we let go of mastery and rest in mystery.

We’ll not be misled by the word ‘rest’ however; it doesn’t mean we won’t be active.

We may be very active…working in a shop, looking after a child, running a company, nursing patients, building homes, lobbying about climate change.

But the difference will be this…

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An Inconvenient Convent

At the Community of the Holy Fire, Abbess Hildegard wishes to turn this convent by the sea into a beacon of ‘greenness’. But on the night of the Great Bonfire, the abbess is killed in a manner no one deserves. Who could hate her so much – and why?

Cover of Gospel: Rumours of Love

‘Meet Jesus unplugged,’ writes former Fleet Street editor, Richard Addis, after reading Simon’s latest novel, Gospel: Rumours of Love. ‘In a stunning act of imagination, Simon Parke shatters every stained glass window in your mind.’

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’.

 
ALL SHALL BE WELL: THE MUSICAL
Julian of Norwich

I've been working with musical theatre composer Martin Hoile on a musical based on the life and work of Julian of Norwich. Hear the songs and read about the musical here: All Shall Be Well.

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This retreat will give kind space for us to reflect on what personal wellbeing might look and feel like at a time when so much around us is unwell. This is a silent retreat, with the chance to meet with Simon one-to-one should you wish.

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