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Rise Up! Newsletter

August 2015

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

“Fear in its myriad forms waves & whispers along the edges of pain, suffering, and grief we think we recall from the real and imagined past. OR fear drags us into making decisions about a future we’re afraid will pounce on us but that we can never see completely and never adequately control. FEAR is at the heart of uncertainty and drives us to freeze, or run away from or to choices we hope will protect us from “anxious and uncertain.” We forget that life is always uncertain, which is, perhaps, life’s greatest paradox.”

~ Rise Up!

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Message From Bobbie:

Life is a series of experiences that bring constant change. Change, even beneficial change we choose: a new career, a move, a new baby, a long planned trip, can fire up fear. Fear of the unknown, of loss of control, of feeling fear itself, can trap us. Trapped by fear we are unable to move forward or change what might be best for us. Fear can also scare us so we grasp towards a future that isn’t in our best interest.

Do not run from fear and do not grasp it! Either way FEAR controls you. Realize that fear, like Gain and Loss, is part of the inevitable flow of real life; but not a concrete reality. Fear, riveting and compelling as it may be is just another emotion. We can’t change the past and we can’t control the future. We have this one amazing present moment to breathe into and nothing else. Don’t allow FEAR to steal it from you.

Next in Ten Principles for Being Human: How to Turn Every Experience into Opportunity, we learn Face Fear – Embrace Freedom. FEAR is a feeling like joy, happiness, excitement and not more. Refuse to be at the mercy of FEAR as master of our destiny! EMBRACE FEAR as a Teacher. It is an invitation to become truly FREE. Facing fear keeps us awake, aware and mindful in the moment where we can weigh opportunities realistically.

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Featured Journal Entry:

Face Fear - Embrace Freedom

Lizzie is a determined, organized and single-minded mother, wife and emerging tech executive with her own online publishing company. “Deadlines,” she says breathlessly, “my life is about deadlines, schedules, calendars, timelines; what is due and how soon and who the hell needs to know and approve; get it done now, under all circumstances! I live partly in the past that confronts me with my secret, personal litany of supposed failures OR drives me forward into what I fear might be new punishments of possible failure. My antidote to fear was ‘be brave and reject fear.’ ‘Find freedom, by embracing fear’ sounded like the craziest idea! And the challenge to ‘feel fear,’ almost sent me out the door!”

No one likes that creepy, out of body, my personal-earth-shattering; “skin crawling” feeling. We begin to own our fear and embrace truth when we can say, “my eyes burn; mouth is dry; I want to give up my legs and sag to the ground never to get up!” Once we own our reactions to fear we experience it for what it is: an effort to control feeling, to change the past and keep us safe from future hurt we can’t name!

When we go into the feeling of fear understanding its actual effects on us it can no longer control our choices, decisions and actions. We dismantle its ability to drive us, or grip us, or send us flying into the tortured past (real or imagined) or towards the scary future (which we cannot ever truly know.)

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Featured Exercise:

Life can be scary: we can all admit that! A car screeches to a stop behind us; a dog bares teeth and barks; the markets fall and we’re afraid we’ve lost our nest egg; there is violence; International hackers; RISK is everywhere! Or is it?

  1. What is our best strategy? Three deep breaths. Keep practicing deep breaths until they become as automatic as the fear itself. Breathing, available to all of us, brings you into the PRESENT MOMENT; puts you INTO your body and adjusts your mind so that you aren’t “chasing fear” into the past or into the future.
  2. Ask Yourself: “What is really happening?” Before you start a long fear list of the horrors of the past (“all those bad things that happened the last time…”) OR your fear of the future (“OMG all those bad things that will go wrong if...”) before anything actually happens, say to yourself: “STAY” in the present moment.

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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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