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Rise Up! Newsletter

November 2015

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"'Finding Opportunity in Every Experience? Sounds daunting,' people tell us at Rise Up! Others say, 'Pollyanna nonsense!' OR; 'more of a challenge than I can attempt!' Here is what I have found: IF there is a 'trick' to make the 'Be Fully Human' journey brimful of easy-breathing, balance, letting go, appreciation and laughing aloud it is GRATITUDE!"

~ Rise Up

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Naming and celebrating ONE thing: sunset, sunrise, fresh water, two hawk brothers circling my house this very minute. OR, a “thanks” for something we take for granted: clean sheets, laughter, trees, late Fall persimmons; rain in the desert, fine wine; OR, ‘finally no desire to drink!’

It doesn’t matter WHAT; it’s the very awareness of gratitude, the splendid presence of tiny, profound miracles of being alive that bring us into the present moment. At Rise Up! we call that awareness The Golden Thread that weaves spirit to life: “Ok, I’m alright; thank you! BTW: I am blessed with simple, yet profound joys!” Gratitude makes us human, connected; ready to accept life as it is. Prepared for every experience.

OR, be grateful for one living and breathing “person;” a child, pet, a mentor, grandparent, OR one memory: a final beloved, a first hello, a winning score; an act of kindness given or received. GRATITUDE has power to move us out of small boxes: “poor me; can’t; WON’T; terror; unhappy;” into the wide wild field of open heart, open mind; present! Find Opportunity Every Day. Here’s how: BE GRATEFUL, the next step in Ten Principles for Being Human: How to Turn Every Experience into Opportunity.

Featured Journal Entry:

Be Grateful

Lena comes from a family that’s known prejudice and alienation. “I was raised in the anxious tribe: ‘this holocaust or another;’ the next tragedy; tears rather than laughs and constant warnings followed by never-ending stories of deceit, worry and false friends. We’re also a highly educated family. You’d think someone would have searched for a better way! But the family system thrived on ‘outsiders keep out; insider’s stay in; only WE can understand one another! Do not change’”

The terrible and wonderful fact about crisis and tragedy is that they’re as common as dirt. We can’t create barriers to suffering, pain, disappointments or tragedies. When life shakes up our “perfect picture” and smears hope and expectations it has the double whammy of destroying our belief that “EVERY Experience can lead to opportunity.” Of course it’s far more challenging to find possibility, and keep our spirits up, and emotions positive, in dark times.

What we can do is choose to find the “Golden Thread” of beauty, wonder, unity, LOVE and blessing that weaves its way through even the smallest, hardest, craziest moments. That Thread works its magic no matter what the circumstance. We follow its weave and CHOOSE to be grateful for something even in midst of crisis. Choosing gratitude, we find The Golden Thread of life’s gifts; we refuse despair and open to surprise and awe. Our hearts and minds pay us back by allowing in possibility and opportunity!

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Try Lena’s “Gratitude” meditation. STAY: three inhales and exhales; find a comfy place to sit; light a candle or incense, chill!
  2. Have “special paper,” good stationery or art paper, some material that makes you feel as if you are honoring The Golden Thread of gratitude for life as it is.

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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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