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Rise Up! Newsletter

November 2013

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"You can be bitter, terrified, numb, and negligent or entitled in your interactions, but in the end, the ability to open your heart to another human being is what matters. It’s the perfect antidote to cynicism, something we seem to need in ever increasing doses."

~Ralfee Finn

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Message From Bobbie:

It’s a Rise Up! message that moves mountains: “Co-creation connects the world.”

It is literally true. At all times, we co-create with our actions, with agreement and disagreement, constructive and destructive behaviors. Tolerance, peace, kindness and compassion are co-created in communities and the natural world, as a by-product of our daily decisions.

The holiday season can especially tempt us to slam doors shut and react to stress and tension. But we can change it to be the season of opening doors of understanding and acceptance.

Featured Journal Entry:

Co-Creation Connects the World

Evelyn is an enthusiastic, strong and determined woman. An athlete who also trains others, both her vocation and avocation are the center of her active, competitive and positive life.

After a discussion about co-creation, she immediately agreed. She said, “Co-creation connects the world. Of course!”

She continued, “Social media makes the world feel smaller and more familiar. In just seconds, a new training technique can shift an entire sport in less time than we used to run the hundred-yard dash. ‘Co –creation’ makes absolute sense. It’s how I think of my life, clients and fellow competitors; we make this world right by co-creating it with our bodies, youth and enthusiasm!”

But then came the next workshop challenge: To open your heart to love, compassion and forgiveness; to heal the past and present to change the future. Who will you be and what will you do to co-create a better, safer world?

“WOW! I wasn’t ready for that!” said Evelyn. “I realized I wanted to co-create with people who were like me! The last people I wanted to ‘open my heart’ to were my toxic family members who I had moved far away from.”

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Featured Exercise:

Learning to open the heart is a process available to all of us. Try this simple exercise to help you get started!

  1. Before you start: have a journal or a piece of paper and a pen ready. If you’d rather type, open to an empty Word document so you can write inner thoughts efficiently and without edits. Let your true voice be heard.
  2. Breath, Ground, Center and Calm: When we start an exercise by breathing, calming and centering, we get in touch with our inner voice and deeper feelings about any subject. To expand the heart space (open, yet protected; vulnerable but not fragile), start by clearing your mind of distracting thoughts. Stabilize your body and emotions with at least three careful, concentrated inhales and exhales. The careful breaths connect mind to heart to body better than any other process.
  3. When you are relaxed, noise and distractions of the world not intruding, finish this list of sentences. Do it quickly and without editing. (Note: you can collage, paint, draw, etc. this entire list of sentences into a visual image):
    • The perfect mother is...
    • The perfect father is...
    • The perfect family is...
    • I am my best self when I am...
    • I know I can protect myself from any harm (emotional, spiritual and/or physical)
      because I ...
    • The world I want to co-create looks like...
    • When my heart is closed I feel...
    • When my heart is open I feel...
    • My personal gift to myself this holiday season will be...
    • My gift to anyone who has injured me in the past will be...

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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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