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Get up, Get Out, Get Walking !

 

 

 

 

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It’s National Walking Day Today !  GET UP : GET OUT : GET WALKING 

Here’s a few reasons why to walk -

Walkers live longer 

Walking reduces the risk of cancer , heart disease , diabetes and stroke

Walking improves brain function , improves mood and relieves stress

So put your best foot forward , start walking  and watch the magic happen ! 

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Warrior Training – Beginners Mind

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There is a tremendous advantage to be gained by clearing your mind through meditation and then focusing your attention on the possibilities awaiting you.

In 1954 ,Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier in the mile run, which the experts considered impossible at the time.Yet within the next year and a half, over fifty athletes around the world ran it in under 4 minutes.They could now see the possibility and were open to doing what was required to reach that once “impossible” level of performance.

The warrior’s mind is a beginners mind – one that is open , receptive, and  non-judgmental; with this mind all  is possible.

When you are feeling stuck in failure, loss or setback, take the spirit of the warrior approach and give yourself permission to start fresh again.

DECLARATION : The more I develop the beginners mind and remain open to possibilities by questioning limits, the more I perform freely to play up to my capacity.

REFLECTION : What are three of my most powerful limiting beliefs and what can I do to change and go beyond them ? What do I need to do to accomplish this ? 

Wisdom from the book ” Spirit of the Dancing Warrior”  Jerry Lynch & Chungliang Al Huang.

Fore more information on Warrior Training contact Jules : jules@mountainhighme.com

Flying the Flags in the Spirit of Adventure

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8 women , four nationalities, three camels , one bedouin guide, one GPS , one goal ! Mission accomplished – 115.5km  by foot  from North to South across the Wahiba Sands, Oman.

Great team work !

Thanks to

Outward Bound Oman

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Jacqui, Jody, Karin, Bodour, Atya, Anna & Ilana – desert women rock !

Jules

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Sands of Time -Women Making History in Oman

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On Wednesday 22nd January 2014 , 8 women made modern day adventure history by being the first and only team from the UAE and Asia to cross the Wahiba Sands from North to South over 4 and a half days. Organized by Jules Lewis of Mountain High in association with Mark Evans MBE of Outward Bound Oman and supported by Etihad ( official airline ) and BOTH ( great team fleeces and buffs ! ) the expedition was a true test of resilience !

Team members originated from South Africa, America, the UK and the UAE  - all resident in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with one team member flying in from Hong Kong to join the team.

Jules Lewis ( Johara )  , Jacqui  Cracknell ( Zafirah ) flew the flag for Britain.

Atay Al Mari and Bodour Al Tamimi flew the UAE flag .

Jody Ballard ( Jabrayah ) and Karin Malmstrom ( Ishana ) flew the flag for the USA

Anna Heystek ( Janan ) and Ilana Meyar ( Jamilla ) flew the flag for South Africa

Together the team were united in the spirit of adventure with a mission to complete the journey to highlight the strength and spirit of women ; to honour past explorers and spirited bedouins , to cherish the present and to inspire the future ( fees paid to make the crossing will cover the cost of Omani  girls and boys on a 4 day Outward Bound Oman training course )

Covering 115.5km by foot ( an average of 23km daily ) we had a GPS to guide us along with a local bedouin guide and camel man – desert wisdom and modern technology joined forces to pave the way for an incredible journey across the dunes. We team carried our own water and food and  camped out each evening ,  eating  around a camp fire under a star filled sky  . Major supplies were transported by a trusty Toyota  pick up truck driven by Outward Bound instructors Mohammed and Jawaher.

The opportunity to connect with nature , rise with the sun , sleep under the moon and stars and truly switch off from city life was a gift to be treasured. Communication was conversation and as we walked across , through and over the dunes we shared laughter , wisdom , smiles , blister packs, trail mix. Silence and time for reflection weaved in and out of our days …. and just when we needed a boost Saleem ( our camel man and bedouin guide ) would break into song – arabic poems speaking of love and re-uniting with family.

Meeting Omani bedouin families along the way added spice and a strong community feel to our expedition – needless to say we all enjoyed buying traditional hand made goods from stalls set up in the middle of nowhere and one evening we were treated to a meal of fish and rice brought to the camp from one of the settlements.

Taking the north to south route gave us the added incentive of walking towards the sea  - each day we got closer to the coastline and spent out last camp out on the beach before the drive back to Muscat where hot showers , real beds and fluffy white towels awaited us!

Thanks to all the team members for saying YES to the explorer within them,  to the Outward Bound team for logistic support , to Etihad for flying us to Muscat and to BOTH for the great fleeces , to Lucy Taylor of the Travel Show  at 103..8 for a call into the station from our Satellite phone .. and to all our friends and family for being with us in spirit along the way .

Here’s to many more adventures and making history  … courage is like a muscle … start walking to strengthen it every day !

Jules

 

 

Super Food – CACAO – Bliss releasing raw chocolate !

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Great news – chocolate is REALLY good for you !  OK to be more specific raw chocolate is really good for you – CACAO – the food of the gods. The cacao bean is nature’s number one weight loss and high-energy food. It’s the best natural source of :

Anti-oxidents

Magnesium

Iron

Chromium

Manganese

Zinc

Vitamin C

Omega 6 fatty acids

Anandamide* – the bliss hormone released while we are feeling great !

Go out NOW and buy  : Cacao beans, nibs, powder, butter and paste …… mmmmm

 

 

Women’s Desert Retreat- December 10-12th

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Would you like ….

  • To learn simple effective daily habits to enhance your total well-being
  • Have more energy & clarity
  • Escape and disengage from the city
  • Find your inner sense of calm and learn how to tap into it wherever you are and whatever is happening!
  • Experience the tranquility of the desert
  • Experience Yin Yoga, Meditation & Nia
  • Meet a new group of like-minded women
  • Have quality ‘U’ time

Then join Jules and Anna in the desert on  10-12th December @ Arabian Nights Village

Download information about the retreat here: Women¹s Desert Retreat

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Get on Your Feet !

Here’s five simple ways to spend more time on your feet in the office – your body is designed to move. Sitting for long periods of time causes METABOLIC SHUTDOWN !

Commit to your well-being now… small steps make a big difference

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1. Set reminders – use the alarms on your PC or phone to prompt you to stand up every 20 minutes at work .

2. Give yourself daily goals – try getting in 5,000 steps a day – walk around , take the stairs and stretch often  ..

3. Walk and talk – skip the stuffy conference room  and try ‘walking meetings’ with colleagues

4.Drink more ! – keep re-filling your water bottle, it will keep you hydrated, keep you walking to the water machine .. and the loo !

5. Chat up ! – take phone calls while standing up and if you have the space pace around

The more you sit the poorer your health .. take action NOW

November Success Tips

 

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  1. 95 % of our behaviour is habitual – chase good habits
  2. Be MAD – someone who Makes A Difference
  3. Sing your favorite  song out loudly in the shower or car and raise your good vibrations
  4. Make five people smile everyday .. yes everyday !
  5. Whatever you resist persists – do it now
  6. Victims makes excuses – Victors create results
  7. Exercise your courage muscles daily – do the things you think you cannot do

Fundamentals of Extreme Achievment

 

The 8 Fundamentals of Extreme Achievement  –    created and shared by ROBIN SHARMA

#1. Making no decision is a decision. To do nothing. And doing nothing always brings you to nowhere.

#2. The way of performing that got you to where you are today is not the way of performing that will get you to where you’ve always dreamed of being.

#3. Making excuses donates power to the very things you are excusing.

#4. If you’re not being laughed at a lot you’re not doing very much.

#5. If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.

#6. Investments in your personal development are the smartest investments you’ll ever make.

#7. What you focus on always gets better.

#8. All great achievement begins with a single act of brave commitment.

The Way of the Warrior – Resilience Training

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Modern corporate life can be stressful.Living and working in the city can mean hours in front of a computer,dashing  in and out of meetings,being stuck in traffic and working late into the night to meet deadlines. More than ever people realize  that without good health our modern day lifestyle cannot be enjoyed to the full.

I’ve been reading some great books on eastern philosophy  and learning more about resilience .. and how important it is for us to be able to bounce back after setbacks in business , sports and life.

Here are some of the developmental assets linked to resilience :

1.Planning & decision making skills

2. Interpersonal competence

3. Positive identity

4. Sense of purpose – vision

5. Committed to life long learning

6. Self esteem

there are of course many more !

I have  put together an introductory  workshop and course on warrior training  based on the book ” Spirit of the Dancing Warrior ”  The course highlights the 4 step process of warrior training ( Meditation, Visualization , Declaration, Reflection ) and covers the stages along the journey  ( Intention, Preparation, Integration,Transformation ) along with the 52 traits/ virtues of a warrior.  AMAZING stuff !

I presented a short introduction to Warrior Training at the recent HR Summit & Expo in Dubai and it went down a treat.

If you , your team , your organization is looking for a  leading edge personal development programme – this is the course to  enable  ’inside out leadership’ and ignite the warrior within.

 

 

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