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Feed A Neigong Journey

February 19th, 2016

Welcome.

To those uninitiated with the Internal Chinese Martial Arts or Neigong, a brief introduction would be useful.

Neigong means internal cultivation; Westerners are more familiar with the word “Qigong” – breath cultivation. Although it might not specifically imply martial training, those in the martial arts world will be aware that the word “neigong” is synonymous with health cultivation and conditioning for martial training.

Chinese Internal arts date back a long time. If we take the understanding of “hard” and “soft” as a fundamental of the internal arts, then it can go back to the Spring and Summer Annals of Wu and Yue (5th century BC).

The 5th century BC also saw the emergence of Taoism in China and Buddhism in India. A momentous century indeed!

Chinese Neigong with its deep roots in Taoism and Buddhism helps us to embrace our physicality and spirituality through love, kindness, compassion and benevolence in our interaction with the Universe. They give us a code of conduct, to live life with, to take positive control of our own lives. Unlike certain religions that seems to control, usually through fear, guilt, dissatisfaction and the promise of rewards,
Taoism talks about “humanity, heaven and earth”. How we connect with our own universe. How we go about cultivating of our inner smile, to be light, lovingly detached and always having gratitude in our interaction with the world. Intention with no expectations……do we actually need to understand more than that??!

These are operation systems, tools, vehicles for us to apply in our journey through life. They help to form that primary relationship with ourselves; after all, if we haven’t got a good relationship and understanding with ourselves and our own body, how do we expect to form good relationship and understanding with any other being?

Wuji (Wu Chi) & Taiji (Tai Chi)

A lot of people learn Taiji, but do not really understand what it means; let along the meaning of Wuji.
Wuji translates as “no ultimate” and Taiji as “supreme ultimate”
To a Westerner, Wuji does not have much meaning, as some may understand it as “nothingness”. In an external materialistic world that we live in,
“nothing “doesn’t sound too good, but if you change the word from ultimate to limits then the meaning changes. Wu Chi becomes Potential, Stillness, and Emptiness with presence, being in the moment without inner chatter.
Taiji becomes the limits of our journey… The max! Possibilities!
Wuji, Taiji, potential and possibilities. Every moment of our lives is Wuji, Taiji, potential and possibilities. So Taiji is not just about old folks moving slowly in silk pyjamas. It’s not about relaxing and switching off…….it is about switching on and understanding. Frequently people come along and tell me that they want to do “Tai Chi” and “Yoga”, and that they want to be “healthier”. Sadly, time and time again, the said people could never tell me what “Tai Ch” or “Yoga” mean, or even what “health” is.

Relevance of martial training

Internal Martial training is not about violence and aggression. It is about endurance, character building, cultivating the fighting spirit without the physical fight, understanding boundaries, respect and self-respect, compassion and strategies and of course, health and internal balance/harmony.
More than ever we need the above qualities in our lives. For those of us who are therapist healers, not only do we need to manifest these qualities in ourselves, we also need to share them with our patients and students.

At Shining Tree, we practise a variety of Neigong systems, Come and join us.

Best wishes,
James Wong Lic.Ac.

Feed The Four Wellness for Health and Vitality

January 4th, 2016

To have good health , you must do able to do the following:

1, Breath well

2. Eat well.

3. Move well.

4. Shit well.

Actually, if you can do the first three, the fourth will come easy….literally!

I will go into more details later. But already ,by checking out our Youtube video clips  https://www.youtube.com/user/shiningtree888

and joining our classes, you will experience it yourselves. Go on it’s easy!!!

Another plug!

Master Jennifer Lee is running Ziwumen Internal Healing Arts workshop at Shining Tree 13th to 15 th May 2016. Check out webpage, let me know what you think. http://www.shiningtree.co.uk/jenniferLee.html

 

Om Shanti

Feed Retreat feedback

December 1st, 2014

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Feed making orange lentil dahl.

July 15th, 2014

IMGP2668Check out the photo album on our facebook page  to see how to make orange lentil dahl.

Delicious

great protein

high in soluble fibre

high in plant oestrogen and sterols

quick and easy to make

can be frozen once cooked

Feed June retreat feedback

June 29th, 2014

New Picture (2)New Picture (2)Retreat experience 

A relaxing ,learning and beginning to grow process. A really good opportunity to take stock and re-valuate how to achieve the healthy balance in life (my life!).I think its a lovely balance of relaxing, treatments and food.

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Feed Feedback from June retreat 2014

June 2nd, 2014

Clinical therapies

Fabulous. Highlight as my shoulder is so much better. Didn’t expect that.

Yoga, Qigong and Meditation classes

Very informative and interesting. Different perspective from gym mentality which is solely aimed at getting the body into strange positions. Now I know why I am doing these positions and more.

Preparing the main meal of the day

Best bit. Rather than just mindlessly stuffing it in, you can appreciate it.

Did you get from the retreat what you wanted?

YES.I feel able to face the world & life’s challenges again now.

Feed Feedback from May retreat

May 29th, 2014

“The therapies exceeded my expectations. The salt glow massage was very relaxing and helped me reconnect and focus on my breathing. Hydrotherapy was a very good choice”.

“I have started with great teachers here, I will need to find a Tai Chi school when I return. I have a basis for standing and breathing &thinking about incorporating Tai Chi in my daily life”.

“I am already thinking of a return visit. Shining tree has been an oasis of thought and space for me”.

Feed Shining Tree Foods Pan braised chicken drumsticks with five spice.

May 29th, 2014

 

 

 

 

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1. Marinate drumsticks with 5 spice marinate ( garlic, ginger, raw cane sugar, 5 spice powder, spring onions, sesame oil , dark soya sauce, sea salt, white pepper and cornflour )

2. Pan fry gently until brown. Add stock – made up of water and the residual of the marinate. Cover, reduce heat to braise .

Enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feed The rules of being human

February 23rd, 2014

Rule One – You will receive a body.
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth.

Rule Two – You will be presented with lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life”. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.

Rule Three – There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much as a part of the process as the experiments that work.

Rule Four – The lesson is repeated until learned.
Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them, you can go on to the next lesson.

Rule Five – Learning does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

Rule Six – “There” is no better than “here”.
When your “there” has become “here” you will simply obtain another “there” that will look better to you than your present “here”.

Rule Seven – Others are only mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

Rule Eight – What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you.

Rule Nine – Your answers lie inside of you.
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Feed Secret of good health.

January 1st, 2014

 

The secret of good health is

Eat well…Sleep well…..and Shit  well.

Most people eat shit, sleep like shit and don’t shit.

Check us out at Shining Tree when you are ready to grow.

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