NWP News 28/07/2019

Good evening,


Thank you for your attendance this week. Good to see you all.

Walking is a really big part of my life now, and you are an integral part of that too.

Today I have attended one of my weekly Mastermind calls with people from across the globe who are participating in Ken Wilber’s Evolutionary Dynamics training that is building our awareness about Integral Theory. It is fascinating to say the least, but more than that it is growing my awareness about so many other things for true health and wellbeing that significantly transcends but includes walking.

I would therefore like to challenge myself to challenge you to take on the “2-minute magic” task for the next two weeks.

This, in fact, is a very simple task in principle. In practice it may prove more difficult.

In the interests of your own personal growth I encourage you to take your own responsibility for sticking with the “2-minute magic” task each and every day from tomorrow. I may, however, provide some prompts via social media or otherwise.


The 2-minute magic task

Step one: 

Complete the 2-minute magic task at 10am and 2pm every day for the next two weeks.

If you do it a little earlier, or a little later that is also fine. You might use a mobile phone diary entry to support you remembering.

Step two:

Perform one task from the following:

a) Meditate for two minutes.

Use any variety of support tools, from the free Headspace app, to reciting Om, to listening to a YouTube meditation clip, or closing your eyes and counting to 120.

b) Breathe deeply down into your belly for two minutes

Place your hands on your belly. Breathe in through your nose. Let your hands rise as your belly expands. Breathe out through pursed lips

c) Go for a two-minute walk.

Stand up, wander around the house, or the office, or head outside. You’ll be surprised how far you can walk in two minutes.

d) Hydration

Drink a glass of water. Preferably filtered. Preferably not out of a plastic bottle. Drink with intention. Aim to enjoy the moment of drinking the water during the two-minute period

e) Journal for two minutes

Use a notepad and pen, or an app on your phone, or an online journalling tool. https://journey.cloud/ is one such example.


Two fully connect with the two-minute magic task make up your own anchor from a variety of learning styles. For example a kinaesthetic prompt/anchor might be to raise your fingers in the victory V sign and flash the V three times. The V of your two fingers representing 2 (two minutes), 2 (twice a day), 2 for two weeks.

You might use an auditory anchor such as saying Two two two, or possibly Too too too (in the sound of the twit twit twoo of an owl).

You might picture 3 balloons in the shape of number 2.


Please feel free to let me know how you are engaging with the task at any time during, and definitely afterwards. Your choices may vary each day, and within a day. Make it simple. Just do what feels right in the moment.

As part of Integral Theory study we are also keen on self-organisation. Please therefore feel free to self-organise yourselves within the group to help motivate and guide each other. You might create a WhatsApp group. You might write a post on your timeline. You might comment on one of my posts. You might create a post in the 1000 Friends group. It is entirely up to you.

The MAGIC is what you get by participating. You will be surprised.


August Adventure Walk – Eden Valley

Join Nordic Walking Preston on their August adventure walk from Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley, Power and Poetry.

The walk will take in the industry heritage of the area with a stretch along the old South Durham & Lancashire Railway line and the Merrygiill & Podgill Viaducts (Power!) and the Kirkby Stephen Poetry Trail, 12 poems along the theme of ‘A Year in the Life of a Fellside Farmer’ by local poet Meg Peacocke dotted on a circular route just outside of the town (Poetry!).

A description of the Poetry Trail with all the poems is available for a small cost from the local tourist information in Kirkby Stephen. Alternatively, you can just listen to Sue or Andy and they will read them to you from their copy!

The normal walk is 7.75 mls (12.47 km) with a reasonable 899 ft (274 m) of ascent. The normal walk can be extended for those walkers that wish to take in additional views along the river Eden for a total of 9.43 mls (15.17 km) with 1250 ft (381 m) of ascent.

The ascent on both walks is relatively gentle with only a short slightly steeper section moving up to Stains Bank before getting onto the old railway. The surfaces are varied from tarmac to grass fields, wildflower meadows to gravel tracks, concrete to earth. There are 3 wooden stiles, 2 solid wooden bridges and a few gates to get over or through. With lunch, this should take 4 to 5 hours.

It will start at 10 am on Sunday 18th August from the free car park off Christian Head. If coming from the M6, once in Kirkby Stephen go along the main road and after the church turn left at a mini-roundabout into Silver Street which then becomes Christian Head.

Parking is signposted on your left after a short distance before you get to the school.

Public toilets are available near the start of the walk, before crossing the Eden over Frank’s Bridge.

After the walk there are a selection of local cafes or pubs to visit for refreshment and ice cream! Sue and Andy tried some out several times to ensure they were good enough for you!

Please bring a packed lunch and water, we will be eating a picnic at some point on the walk. We will give more advice on appropriate footwear and clothes nearer the time when the weather may become clearer. At the moment, prepare for everything!

Book your place via this link.


Fantasy Football

Our regular walker Vicki was the champion last year and has hold of her trophy until next year’s winner is announced.

This is a last call for NWP members to join this year’s Fantasy Football competition.

Please contact Chris Lomas if you want to know more.


Mad Hatters Tea Party

Please contact Angela Clarke if you would like to attend the upcoming Tea Party. This is a last call.


Moor Park Get Together

Please put Sunday 4th August in your diary. Preston City Council are encouraging the population of Preston to “Get Together” in Moor Park and enjoy a variety of family-based activities from 12-3pm. Nordic Walking Preston will have a stand there and be offering some taster sessions. Drop by and say hello. Bring a friend if you’d like to introduce them to Nordic Walking. Drop by Rosemary in the Park for a cuppa, cake or something savoury.


Here are your walks for this week:

Monday 18:45 – Chorley Wanderer – White Coppice


Tuesday 18:45 – Timeout Tuesday – Anderton Arms with Sue & Andy


Wednesday 18:15 – Wednesday Workout – Haslam Park with Matt


Friday  9:30am – Friday Roamer – Hurst Grange Park with Angela


Saturday 9:15 am – Rise and Shine – Avenham Park with Andy & Sue

Saturday 11:00 am – The Later One – Avenham Pavilion


Have a fantastic week. All the best.



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Updated: July 28, 2019 — 9:17 pm