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Rise Up! Newsletter

August 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Mindfulness helps us become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions. Mindfulness teaches us self-compassion and gives us the courage to stay awake!"

~Susan Saltzberg

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Message From Bobbie:

In August, we learn that mindfulness is the way to STAY ALIVE IN THE QUESTION we've worked on throughout 2014: "What is our Life Purpose?" Mindfulness helps us create a space within ourselves to hear the call of our INNER VOICE. Mindfulness allows us to hold the center of that space no matter our frayed nerves, our blah-blah mind chatter, or the distractions of our over-busy lives. Mindfulness keeps us awake and aware of our DEEPEST SELVES throughout our entire experience. Regarding the QUESTION, LIFE PURPOSE has a chance to STAY ALIVE until the truest answers reveal themselves.

In July, we learned the importance of “staying alive in the question.” We saw how OLD PATTERNS rush us towards or away from programmed responses and familiar, easy answers. Life Purpose can't speak to us in the confusion of that rush!

Featured Journal Entry:

Mindful of the Entire Experience

If you took up July's challenge to be calm and centered and stay in the question, then likely you experienced the entire tug, drag, drop, and tension of uncertainty that comes up for all us; as it did for my friend, Marie.

“I love the poetic sound of that phrase 'alive in the question!' I totally get the importance of NOT running to the quick answer. After all, I've done that all of my life, and spent more time UN-doing the “unintended consequences” of quick answers then I ever spent carrying out my Life Purpose!” Marie, a long-term participant of Rise Up! takes her life seriously but never loses her sense of humor and humility.

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Most important: NO expectations; no date on the calendar to “get it right;” NO “perfect pictures!” To be MINDFUL is to LEARN and concentrate, NOT to meet a deadline or create ways to feel we are winning or losing some battle.
  2. Being MINDFUL is about practice: CHOOSE to set aside 3 (!!) minutes to start; use your three breaths and watch and listen to what your mind, body, emotions and spirit feed back to you; PAY ATTENTION but DON'T judge yourself.
  3. PRACTICE: try the tea ceremony; or preparing and eating a meal ALONE, creating a silent space, SLOWING DOWN and savoring each aroma, each bite; MINDFUL practice can be any art, any activity in which you can use your breath to SLOW bring a deep calm to your own body and your mind and concentrate on EACH and EVERY beautiful moment; no rush, NO “must;” NO, “have to;” AND also a decision to STAY with the challenge and build from 3 minutes to FIVE to NO time restrictions.

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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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