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Feed A Neigong Journey

February 19th, 2016


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 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 Shining Tree Foods Pan braised chicken drumsticks with five spice.

May 29th, 2014









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 .












Feed It’s all a matter of balance.

August 18th, 2013

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How can you tell when you have got a good balance between Being and Doing ?


When your life is no longer a struggle, where each day is a new journey and wisdom and understanding can be gained.

You are in control of your body, your health….your life.



How do you find that balance?


Through stillness and creating a good relationship with yourself.



Can anyone achieve this?


Yes. When we are ready to give up our excuses and justifications as to why we can’t change and grow.

Om Shanti

Feed Do you need a panel of “experts” to tell you that you should treat the elderly with dignity and compassion?

February 29th, 2012
Do you need a panel of "experts" to tell you that you should treat the elderly with
dignity and compassion?
It seems that "care" staff in the NHS do.

In my nursing journey, we were low paid ,not academic, and the reason to become a
nurse was to care for people.Nowadays it is a profession and career. Nurses with
degrees do not want to clean up shit......if they do they they can't do it with
love or consistently for a whole shift. Modern nurses today are generally too fat
and unhealthy to work physically hard for eight to twelve hours! Meoww!!

We used to have the odd degree nurses in the 1980s, the general opinion was that
they didn't want to get there hands dirty and wanted to become managers..how prophetic.

One of my patient who was working in recruitment in a top hotel said the following:
"We recruit "nice" people to train,you can't train people to be nice"
It is only when you have respect, compassion and love for yourself that you can
feel those emotions for other people. It is the society we live in which shapes
our attitude. We live in a highly materialistic & selfish society, manipulated by
powerful organisations to stay shallow and selfish......captive audience.We are now
just a flock of sheep there to be exploited for their gain. I didn't have a tent
 outside St Pauls, honest!!

Our true budhha nature is that of compassion and love and empathy.
So come on you fat, unhealthy and ingorant nurses. come to Shining
Tree and find your true nature.
Meditation every Friday 11.30am. It's free......no catch!!


Feed If you had cancer would you leave your survival to chance…….or can you be extraordinary?

February 24th, 2012

Breakfast news talked about the discovery of the genetic code of hereditary breast cancer this morning. At present patients with this dilemma can have mastectomies to prevent the cancer occurring. In the future, I am sure a “cure” for cancer and even other chronic life threatening conditions will be found,but does that mean we will all then enjoy everlasting health? I personally don’t think so.

In life, you reap what you sow; the success, achievements and life you have is a testimony of your journey . If you believe that “life is a bitch and then you die” , so be it. If you believe that life is nothing more than amassing as much material wealth as you can and getting through life with as little difficulty as possible, then so be it. Or you might feel that life is a journey for growth, understanding and enlightenment through challenging and empowering lessons; in which case having a relationship with our physical body, respecting it and maintaining it is vital for our growth. But do we?

Over two decades as a naturopathic practitioner, I consistently see patients who are completely dis empowered by the medical profession and even from complimentary practitioners. Anybody that you consult for you health who foster dependency from you and don’t teach you anything are dis empowering you. You don’t have to be qualified in anything to tell someone that they should eat healthily and exercise. But when you profess to be  qualified in conventional or complimentary medicine, then you advice must be clear,  concise, practical, achievable and effective ……..it is also not about flogging as much drugs, supplements and merchandising to vulnerable patients either.

Time and time again, patients come to me with no knowledge of what they can do to help themselves. Even with life threatening conditions like cancer, people will say that they were told that they don’t have to do anything other than follow the treatment, which would be drugs, surgery, chemo/radiotherapy.  Are we really that gullible ? Or are we just relieved that someone has given us permission to sit on our fat arses and do absolutely nothing to help ourselves. “We can’t do anything because it’s hereditary”, “The consultant said there is nothing I can do to help myself”, yeah right! Another very common displacement  is someone who has been helped with a life threatening condition, then go on to raise money tirelessly for charity…….but still not doing anything to improve themselves!!!!!!

I tell my children that I don’t care what they do in life. Whether they empty dustbins or are brain surgeons, be extraordinary, give it 120%, always be kind and be nice. If I have raised a child who is a kind and nice person, then I have succeeded as a parent. So am I saying that if you have the hereditary breast cancer gene, you shouldn’t have your breasts removed? No. Your life depends on the choices you make and the things that you do, not on the things that other people do. Don’t just listen to the “experts”. Take control, make changes in your life to improve your health. At the end of the day, whether you fail or succeed, you can hold your head high and know that you did the best you could, not the best that someone else could for you.

Be in control, be aware,make a relationship with your body, learn stillness, find joy in all that you do, look inwards rather than outwards for        happiness, be alive, but most importantly be extraordinary.



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