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Rise Up! Newsletter

April 2013

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"The aim of the spiritual warrior is to balance the TERROR of being alive with the WONDER of being alive."

~Carlos Castaneda

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Message From Bobbie:

Fearlessness is not about toughening up; it is actually about being someone who has a sense of "wonder." Fearlessness is the natural outcome of facing our personal terrors or fears.

Fear is more than a barrier to wonder, appreciation, love or happiness. Fear actually keeps us from accepting and living life to its wonder-full unlimited potential. Exploring our fears, not running from them, opens the doors of wonder and fearlessness.

To stay awake to real life, we balance fear, terror and wonder with our hearts and minds open.

We grow stronger and more courageous mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We accept that terror, wonder, fear and fearless are natural balancing forces and always part of life. They occur simultaneously and in relation to each other. To deny one, we deny the other.

Featured Journal Entry:

Fear and Fearless

Jill came to me filled with fear. Months later she was happy to share her story.

"I couldn't fully embrace the beauty and wonder of everyday life until I could 'fess up' to the terror that nagged me. I ran from that gripping 'OMG-what-bad-thing is going to happen today,' by 'armoring-up.' I hid behind my trial lawyer game face and fired-up my powerful mind to fight the next good fight. But then at night when I was alone, my list of real or imagined fears bombarded me, and with them a palpable terror that I wasn't enough. I feared I would suffer a loss around the next corner and everyone would know I was a fraud and couldn't beat whatever was the next terror."

Jill is the exact woman many women admire: a true professional who is also funny, attractive, athletically fit, and super bright and accomplished. No one would think of her as pushing back or denying herself a happy life; they would think she embraces life in all she does. She is a mother with a young son; she is a partner in her law firm, and she works hard at success in its many forms. But she admits that what others saw as power she knew was really her "running-away-from" the natural flow of life; using her adrenalin rush and many gifts in order not to feel all of her feelings, especially fear. She could never enjoy the simple wonder of life because she was so busy and overwrought pushing against supposed terror.

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Find a place to "stay" and be calm, find your center and breathe. If at all possible, find a place outdoors; even a quiet park bench or a boulder next to a stream or a spot on the beach facing the ocean or even a grassy lawn will do. Take three purposeful inhales and exhales which co-ordinate your head to heart and open your mind.
  2. NOW: remember a time you were balanced between FEAR and FEARLESS; maybe it was long ago as a child before we learned to fear the natural flow of life. Maybe it was the last time you fell in love!
  3. FEEL the wonderful fear: close your eyes, allow your body to sink into that amazing feeling of balancing between TERROR and WONDER. For many it was the first time they challenged fear and rode their bike full blast down a steep hill; or (for me!) rode a horse that was a little too fast, maybe barely in control. It should be a time when your heart pounded, mouth went dry, and a small voice in your head said "stop" and one in your heart said, "Go for it!"

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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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