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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 Body, Emotions and Spirit.

August 14th, 2013

Until we are able to understand and accept that we are: bodily unaware, emotionally immature and spiritually impoverished; can we truly embark on the journey to understanding and enlightenment.

Feed To cover ourself or to be accountable to ourself? One will set us free, the other will enslave us to mediocrity

July 21st, 2013

When we “cover ourself”, we are manifesting our lower self. That of indifference, selfishness, to do the least we can. After all ,”we are not expected to come here and work”, ha ha ha ha.

To be accountable to ourself, we are manifesting our higher self. That of self respect and kindness. When we are accountable to ourself we can then be accountable to others and treat others with kindness and respect.

This is not happening in our society, our world; and definitely not in our NHS.

Our NHS is not flawed, we are flawed as a society. When we fix that , all the institutions around us will reflect that.

Come and join us for Stillness Meditation. Every Friday at 11.30 am.

Feed How thick are you?

June 19th, 2013

New Healthy Food Labelling

1. The government think we are so thick that we don’t know that processed and packaged food is full of shite.

2. Because we are thick, we actually think that “healthier” junk food are okay.

3. The more processed and prepared foods we eat the less we actually cook.images (5)

How thick are you?

Feed Which way will you jump?

June 16th, 2013

Which way will you jump?

When someone with a health challenge say the following:
1. It’s hereditary
2. I have faith and trust in God to help me.

They are going to take one of two courses of action:
1. They are going to sit on their fat arses and do absolutely nothing to help themselves.
2. They are gong to do everything in their powerful to help themselves and to be as well as they can be.

Because God help those who help themselves; and just because there is a hereditary element in our health history doesn’t give us the excuse to eat crap and not exercise our bodies.


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Feed Retreat feedback from Spring 2013

June 10th, 2013

1. Accommodation

“Comfortable and peaceful”

“Comfy, warm, peacefully relaxing”

“Comfortable, clean, warm, happy”

“Very comfortable. I had everything I needed”

2. Clinical therapy programme

“Therapies were tailored around my needs and were relaxing- Kim and James knew exactly what would suit me.”

“The improvements was instant. I felt healed and the effect will stay with me for a long time”

“Very personal”

“I now know the nutritional values of food and juices. I also know a lot more about my body and what it needs. I feel the Colon Hydrotherapy benefited me a great  deal”

3. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation

“Learnt some useful techniques to take away with me”

“Very good and well explained”

“Enlightening, challenging and very interesting”

“Educational, relieving”

“I loved all the classes. I realise what I have been doing wrongly at my yoga classes at the moment and want to learn more about Tai Chi. I feel more balanced.

4. Food and food preparation”

“Wonderful. James is an amazing cook”

“Very tasty, I was introduced to new and yummy food. good for my health and mind. Inspiring, interesting and fun.”

“Yummy and abundant”

“absolutely delicious. It had the added bonus that I knew what I was eating and how it had been prepared”


General comments

“Thank you for the most amazing experience and for sharing your knowledge with me. I could have stayed alot longer. I didn’t know what to expect and came with an opened mind and heart and feel I have learnt new things and a better way of living. Hope to see you again very soon”

“Kind, warm, informative, gentle,healing, enlightening, rich- I feel enriched in all my senses, taste, sounds, smells,feel and eye opening. I got much more than I ever wanted or expected”

” You are both so kind. Your efforts are clear in your action. This was a joy to see and experience & being a part of the happiness with you. The meditation and Yoga was fantastic. The Tai chi was fun.”

“It was a lovely 4 days. I enjoyed being by myself. I loved the food and felt it was for specific needs. The location, grounds especially are fantastic. Kim and James were so helpful and did everything needed. I loved the classes and Kim taught me so much about the food I ate and should eat.                                                                                                                                      I will definitely recommend the retreat to all at my yoga class.”


May 28th, 2012

It is a perfect place to unwind and recharge our batteries! You tailored our stay which was too short ( I know) perfectly. We felt loved and nurtured.
Thank you James, Kim and Shining Tree


May 28th, 2012

I have had a wonderful couple of days + appreciate the balance between care and tranquillity to chill and retreat from life for a few days.
your centre is a gift to all who come here and you both have designed and built a beautiful space- thank you for sharing it!


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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