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Rise Up! Newsletter

December 2012

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Feel overwhelmed? You are doing too much, moving too fast. Ask yourself, ‘is this craziness making me happier, stronger, more compassionate, more available to love and be loved? Or is it keeping me away from my true spirit of giving and being present to myself and those who deserve my full attention?"

~Thich Nhat Hahn

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Message From Bobbie:

A feeling of being OVERWHELMED, especially at this time of year, is the SYMPTOM, not the cause, of our crazy-making patterns.

STOP, breathe and concentrate on THIS: "What do I really need or want for my life today?" "What is it that those I love really need or want from me?" Breathe, pay close attention and stay present to people. Listen with mindful intention; and notice that what everyone needs most is not more THINGS but more of US in deep, personal ways.

Featured Journal Entry:

"Antidote for Overwhelm"

“I learned the hard way,” Veronica told me as she calmly wrapped a simple silk scarf for a beloved, aged grandmother. “What my family really wanted was me; my attention, my love, my mindful caring. What I trained them to want was more; more presents they didn’t need; more food than they could eat; more festivities that tired them out. All that wanting more came with more of my nervous energy and my need to please and my fear about anyone being ‘disappointed.’

I was never really present; I felt I was never quite perfect and then I got very sick.”

That’s when Veronica and I met.

A friend referred her to me after she collapsed from a nasty case of pneumonia that landed her in the ER two days after Christmas and two weeks after also celebrating Hanukkah.

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Featured Exercise:

Here are the first steps I gave Veronica to assist her in finding peace within herself and sending peace to those she loves.

As the season heats up to a close they may prove useful to you to:

  1. NOTICE the signs of TOO MUCH - for each of us it may be different:
    • My pulse is racing
    • I’m exhausted
    • I’m eating on the run and eating again before I’m hungry
    • I’m not sleeping

    Now LISTEN to your own thought patterns:

    • I feel pressed to act
    • I’m laying awake making lists and checking them twice
    • I’m afraid I’ll forget to do something

    These repetitious messages are FEEDBACK LOOPS your brain has gotten used to feeding back to you so you remain in circular patterns of learned but NOT USEFUL behaviors.

  2. REFUSE to believe old patterns:
    • Have to
    • MUST
    • OMG is it on my list?

    These are learned tactics that keep us thinking we are doing something that HAS TO BE DONE. But these are all driven from FEAR: “What will happen if I don’t hold the world together for everyone else?”

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About Bobbie

In 2011, on a beautiful ranch in Santa Ynez, California, Bobbie created her “Rise Up!” movement as a means of empowering women to create the lives, relationships and careers that they were meant to have. It was named after Bobbie’s ability to find possibility and opportunity in the midst of change and even crisis. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops that she has done since 2008 Bobbie has helped participants reach their own epiphanies. Read more...



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