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Rise Up! Newsletter

April 2015

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Gain and Loss fold over one another, they rise and fall together on the great wave, the eternal dance of Universal energy. As with all opposites, gain and loss define one another. They are as woven together as the front and back of our bodies; we can’t begin to separate them. Learn to dance the tango of opposites, right and wrong, success and failure, gain and loss, and open to the full and inevitable flow of real life. Balance the pull of opposites and turn EVERY Experience Into Opportunity."

~ Rise Up!

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Message From Bobbie:

This year at Rise Up! we are learning Ten Principles for Being Human: How to Turn Every Experience into Opportunity. In March we practiced Stay. Gathered within ourselves, anchored in our unique energy, we learned not to run from or to the constant challenge of BEING HUMAN. In that sacred space we see that Every Experience contains a gift that we call Opportunity. In April we stay in the dynamic flow of Gain and Loss: the beautiful, essential paradox of the Universe.

Gain and Loss are intricately and exquisitely in relationship, in a flow continuum with one another ALL the time. Our human drives and ambitions cause us to cling to Gain. Anything less than our “perfect picture” feels like Loss.

If we hate vulnerabilities of failure, we cast about for control. We attach to “right” maneuvers: the coach, teacher or parent, school, community that gets us “ahead.” Drive for “success” as the only option can cost us friendships or interrupt natural gifts or normal developmental needs. Some reject life lessons of balancing gain and loss in favor of the “fix,” some crazy confabulation we call “perfection” that robs our spirits of basic goodness.

We are trained that “success” can be and should be constant. But after a short time on this planet we learn our favorite teams, teams we play on, wonderful people we love, and even celebrities, have wins and defeats. We find our best work can fail to get an “A.” We worry “loser” hounds us and we have NO value without “winner!”

Some give up and wallow in the grief of loss. But seeing ourselves as victims, or defined by tragedy, we increase pain. The true answer, the only answer, is to “befriend gain and loss.” When we understand the value and reality of gain and loss paradox, and embrace the entire experience of being human, the REAL wins unfold.

Featured Journal Entry:

Befriend Gain and Loss

Claire, a beautiful, fiery red head, artistic in everything she does from her painting to her flamboyant costumes, doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. “And I’m not,” she assures us in our Rise Up! session. “Or I wasn’t until I lost my husband. He was much older than I. Neither of us was foolish about that fact, but he was literally sun and moon of my life, my constant supporter, advisor and lover. He valued my Art and found me galleries and patrons. Everything he touched turned to gold, me included. I was seduced into warm suds of GAIN, success, and good-times-forever. I couldn’t imagine life without him!”

“And then my dream ended. My beloved man was diagnosed and dead in six months. I was consumed in the darkness of loss. I regretted ever marrying, told myself ‘pain of loss wasn’t worth ten years of joy;’ crazy! I couldn’t paint; alcohol became my BFF and old friends gave up on me. ‘New friends,’ happy to drink my husband’s expensive wines, agreed ‘life sucked.’ I lost the essence of Art, life, and being human: Art is life! And life gives and takes. At Rise Up! I re-learned true artists stay in the dynamic dance between dark and light, joy and sadness.”

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Breathe and Stay: Three breaths, ground your energy; eyes closed and find your deep center. Stay gives me the opportunity to re-engage the dance and flow, rise and fall of every experience.
  2. Make a list of 3 easily recalled LOSSES and ask: “What was the gain? What was the gift of this loss?”
  3. Make a list of 3 easily recalled GAINS and ask: “What was the loss? What was the gift of this loss?”

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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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