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Rise Up! Newsletter

April 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain."

~Vivian Greene

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Message From Bobbie:

Storms can't be avoided! At Rise Up! in April, we are learning that storms are an essential part of this year's journey to hear both our deep inner voice and the call to our true selves. Realizing what our Life Purpose is does not happen until we hear the message from within. That true voice must endure and be blessed by storms in order to bring forth new life.

Do we try to wait, hide or duck the inevitable hail, wind, rain, and even snow that April storms bring?

We could get lucky once or twice, stay dry and be safe. But we can also get stuck in mud, slip in the water running from storms. In our worry for safety, we may choose a crumbling, unsafe shelter that could be more dangerous than the storm itself. Or worse, we can miss the dark beauty of storms that bring the possibility of letting life as it is be our guide. Hidden away we may feel safe, but until we are in the open we can't watch for the possibility of seeing a rainbow or being kissed by the sun.

This is not a message from Pollyanna! I assure you that I don't want to convince you (or me) that dancing in rainstorms keeps us from being hit by lightening! Lightening occurs; and frankly, sometimes it injures good, happy, positive, faithful people. Storms can stir people and nature into frenzies; wash away some good things that we don't want to lose; and bury personal treasures that we can't find again. Storms are a risk; but they also bring water essential for life to flourish; for seeds to grow; for people and animals to stay alive and healthy. Storms break off dead twigs and limbs, clear away debris, and balance the forces of nature. After a hard-hitting storm we appreciate the dawn of revelation, of change, as never before.

Featured Journal Entry:

Dancing the Storm

Adrian avoids storms. "When I hear 'storm' talk, I think misery. Of course I've heard it's more 'real' to understand life is always a series of storms and sun, part of the natural order of life and relationships. It's just never my choice! I live in California to avoid storms. I left my parent's house early to avoid constantly forming dark clouds of family fights where thunder and lightning always followed. Someone always got hurt.

I left my marriage because my husband wanted me to confront the storm; I realize that now. I wasn't ready. I wanted shelter with earplugs to cut the noise, sunglasses so I couldn't see what I didn't want to confront, and happy faces splattered across all walls. When my initial tactic, 'hunker-down avoidance,' didn't work, my life strategy was 'wait it out; leave; no fight; just flight.'"

Adrian's story is not unique; no one welcomes the natural forces of upheaval; of destruction. Few of us want to be "storm chasers." But what we avoid confronting, what we deny or misname and close our eyes to does not go away. It does not "pass" and never return. In fact, avoidance empowers storms to become more violent and confrontational in order to get our attention. .

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Get one or two large poster size pieces of paper. Take any FIVE Life Storms that have come your way, times of complete shakeup- dark clouds, winds of change that were unexpected and life changing, not necessarily "for the good" and write ONE and only one sentence saying JUST WHAT HAPPENED. i.e.: for me:
    "My grandparents died."
    "My son is in trouble."
    "My daughter is done with my denial."
    "My closest friend has six months to live."
  2. If you are an artist and prefer to paint/draw that storm please do.

    For the rest of us, use the wonderful, brain-enhancing medium of collage! All of us are artists, we just have to find the expression that is truly us.

    SPECIFICALLY what we want to do is find STORM images that match our feelings. We aren’t looking for a picture for instance of a funeral or hospital, what we want is the STORM itself, the dark, dense, overwhelming, frightening FEELING.

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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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