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How To Cliff Jump Without Getting Hurt: Dos And Don’ts

How To Cliff Jump Without Getting Hurt: Dos And Don’ts

Extreme sport is not for the weak: Requirements include the ability to fall down. If you’re going cliff diving you’re likely in the mood for adventure, or have been drinking near a cliff. In the event that you decide to jump off said cliff here are some Dos and Don’ts for safe cliff diving. Unless you’re a professional or highly experienced, a tremendous cliff is not advisable. You have been warned, but just like the advisory of Miranda Rights you may not have the ability to adhere to recommended guidelines.

Leap of faith: look before you jump

Look before you jump. If you don’t, you can be the guy that plows into your friend in the water and ruins the trip. Did I mention you should bring friends? And that there should be water at the bottom? You would think that would be obvious but you’re the one doing a cliff jump right? Take a survey of the surrounding area and closely inspect the landing zone. If the water is too murky to see from your cliff jumping spot then you should inspect it first.

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Water depth

Make sure the water is deep enough and that you’ve secured the cooler at the top of the cliff. This may be a remote area, but there could be hikers that want your precious hard iced tea. If you jump with a beverage, make sure the top is on it. I know that your beer doesn’t have a top. This means you shouldn’t jump with it in your hand. Try taking a drink of it, now remember that you left your things on the cliff and you and all your friends are in the water.

Be safe and aware

You’re not in this for the chicks are you? Okay, if she’s watching you better be sure you really want to jump. Please also be advised that however many ads you saw for your phone that say that it’s water proof they have all lied to you. Better leave it somewhere safe. Being focused on the jump and aware of your surroundings is very important. Be aware of Dave at all times, the one that likes to push people off the cliff because he’s either to impatient and can’t wait for his turn, or he’s just a moron.

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Always feet first

You should always dive feet first, over 90% of professional divers do this on their jumps. Safety is the most important thing during your fun. So remember feet first, just like this tourist here. It should be known without me having to mention it, that if you’re going to jump from a very high place into water it will hurt if you land straight on your face. Dive feet first to prevent this, and also to prevent landing your face into an unseen rock underwater.

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    This looks like it will hurt.

    Don’t panic

    When you’re in the air try to avoid thoughts like “Oh No! I’m going to die!” or “Is the water really deep enough?”. You should enjoy your time spent in the air. So just a recap, don’t panic, stay cool and try not to yell like a pre-pubescent girl as you’re falling. If you’ve never dove before I can’t explain it to you in just one sentence, but you need to break the water clean with a nice entry point and keep a rigid pose. Be aware also of your voyage underwater, try to steer parallel to the water after entry as much as you can, or just away from sharp pointy rocks.

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    Spots to try

    There are some prime locations on island nations, and I would recommend the ones that are in warmer climates. However if you’re looking for something closer, then you might want to comb a beach for a nice area to jump from. Rivers can always be prime for jumping as well. You can bet that there are good cliffs to dive from.

    Featured photo credit: katie moley via tourismontheedge.com

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    Last Updated on September 10, 2019

    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

    Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

    Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

    This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

    One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

    Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

    Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

    1. Gratitude

    Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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    The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

    Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

    So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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      2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

      This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

      For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

      What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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      Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

      3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

      This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

      Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

      An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

      Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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        4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

        According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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        There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

        5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

        Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

        Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

        6. Rise Earlier

        The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

        For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

        So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

        Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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        7. Listen to Uplifting Music

        Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

        Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

        It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

        Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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        Reference

        [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
        [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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