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- Publisher: Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 24mm | 381g
- Publication date: 10 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: Bristol
- ISBN 10: 1908363029
- ISBN 13: 9781908363022
- Illustrations note: 6
- Sales rank: 213,298
If you Sit very Still explores the territory of traumatic loss, brutality and the restoration of the human spirit. In 1994, twenty-one years after her unexplained disappearance, Lucy Partington's remains were discovered in the basement of 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester. In this powerful and poetic book, Marian Partington, Lucy's elder sister, reclaims Lucy from the status of "West victim" and charts her own inspiring narrative of healing. Through deep and fierce engagement with her experience, and guided by powerful dreams, Marian finds an authentic and compassionate response. She draws on, but is not limited to, Buddhist and Quaker practices. Her inner work involves a laying bare of what needs to be faced, accepted and transformed, in order to live with less harm in the wake of human atrocity. This ongoing, everyday process of self-exploration and mindful interaction with others leads towards profound inner and outer change, and culminates in ten years of restorative justice work in prisons. With a foreword by Marina Cantacuzino, Founder of the Forgiveness Project, this luminous book offers a way out of our destructive cycles of violence and abuse.
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Marian Partington was born in Oxford in 1948. Her writing is rooted in the landscape of the mountains and rivers of Montgomeryshire, Wales, where she has lived with her husband since 1980, and where their four children have grown up. She is the author of the acclaimed Guardian essay "Salvaging the Sacred". She works in prisons to raise awareness about restorative justice, and, since 2005, has been working with the Forgiveness Project as a storyteller and facilitator. The deepening of her journey towards compassion, and the writing that arose, has been supported by generous grants from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Allen Lane Foundation. She is passionate about helping to create a more forgiving global society.
"There is not a sentence in this book that has not been felt, fought for and hard won." Craig Brown, Book of the Week, Mail on Sunday
Table of contents
Prologue Section 1: Crisis Chapter 1: Disappearance Chapter 2: The Not Knowing Chapter 3: Unearthing Chapter 4: Re-earthing Section 2: Confessing Chapter 5: Enfolding the Dark Chapter 6: Finding a Voice Section 3: Comprehending Chapter 7: Peeling Away the Layers Chapter 8: Fresh Earth Chapter 9: Suffering and Healing Section 4: Transforming Chapter 10: Lucy's Woven Bag Chapter 11: Words of Grace Epilogue