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Rise Up! Newsletter

February 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Love Yourself! Then forget it. Then, love the world."

~Mary Oliver

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Message From Bobbie:

To be loved and to immerse ourselves in the sincerest love with a beloved "other," we must first love ourselves, deeply and wholly. Only then can we extend that love to the world at large, or dedicate ourselves to a life mission as big as our hearts, minds and spirits can possibly allow.

For 2014 we crafted a clear mission at Rise Up! A year-long quest to find and express our True Voice: that inner calling of sacred essence that defines our Life Purpose. Valentine's Day marks February as the month of True Love. It offers us the perfect opportunity to explore self-love as a vital pathway for our year's mission. Love is always the link to everything difficult to do. And self-love may be the link, or bridge, to hear the calling that is true essence for us but has been, until now, elusive.

Caught in any personal dilemma I ask myself a question that helps me uncover internal truths that may be hard to face, or admit to: "What are the barriers?"

We say we want a partner who sees and understands us, as John Legend sings, with all our "perfect imperfections." But is this possible if we don't even like ourselves? Is the biggest barrier to finding love that we judge ourselves as "too much" or "not enough?" Judging ourselves, can we attract people who are non-judgmental? Finding un-lovable qualities inside ourselves attracts people who blame, shame or find us un-lovable. On the other hand, learning to love ourselves, we accept, or, better, celebrate, our unique expression. Love and acceptance build bridges and remove barriers to inner work. Deeper levels of inner work are the keys to hearing and allowing our true voice, that Essence that leads to Life Purpose and to awakening.

Featured Journal Entry:

Love Month

Nancy was open and clear at our Rise Up! session. "I have a life most women would envy, the right title, head of legal and business affairs for a major studio; I'm a certified yoga teacher, an accomplished athlete and published poet. I have no real obligations other than my cat! Romance? Well, there are men when I want them around. So what could possibly be missing? Well, honestly; 'someone to watch over me,' like the lyrics of that old song. I've done it all; but I've never had a close friend or lover who just loved me for who I was. Yes, I'm always a little lonely but I am ok with it. Suddenly, I hit forty, and asked myself, 'why am I alone?' Isn't there someone who can love me just as I am?'"

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Write a list of all your best qualities and attributes! Write it in markers or finger paints; in anything that will get and keep your attention.
  2. Hang, pin or tape this important list someplace you can see it everyday!
  3. Every time that you (or anyone else!) read it and your Voice of Judgment (VOJ) starts judging anything on the list, quietly BUT FIRMLY, shut it down! Saying, "thanks for sharing but I no longer need your help!"

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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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