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Rise Up! Newsletter

May 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Anyone who thinks you can protect yourself without setting boundaries welcomes chaos and abuse. But boundaries that are too rigid shut out love and support from our lives. Boundaries require balance. The first step is to truly know, love and respect who you are as an individual; know what you want and where you want your life to head. The boundaries you set protect your inner truth; are fluid but strong; can be reconsidered as your personal mission evolves."

~Anne Catherine

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Message From Bobbie:

It’s hard work! Here is the 2014 challenge we set for ourselves at Rise Up!: Identify our true voice and hear the inner call to our highest and best purpose that will lead us to that ever present yet often elusive LIFE PURPOSE.

We’ve used the metaphor of the inner garden to help us create a deeper path within. Month by month we’ve explored the challenge of self-love, we’ve learned to dig up the dark soil of the past; plant seeds (not weeds) and water the “jewels” of who we are. In April, we learned storms are a vital part of the journey and that we could choose to dance our way through them. All of it is good work, necessary work, in the way I have come to understand life at all its twists, turns and stages, and in all its challenges. FOR ME, it is the only work worth doing! It is the only work that brings the light of truth of who we are and can become. BUT no one said it was EASY.

In May, as buds break through dark soil to reach for sun, we find the perfect time to test our commitment to ourselves. ‘Fluid and strong’ boundaries, like rivers that protect shorelines, protect the work we are doing; they allow LIFE PURPOSE exploration time and the space to reach our full potential.

Featured Journal Entry:

Boundaries

"Well, my name says it all. Seven generations of Irish women whose lives were for family ‘against all odds.’ Unfortunately the “against” was usually ourselves! Until my mother’s generation, no woman in the family lived past forty years old, all had more children than she could count on one and a half hands. NONE had time for any dream for herself. It would have been totally foreign to think of themselves! But I have two sisters who are older and smarter than me. They left our small coastal village and came to America together. They got real educations and chose, rebelliously, professional lives for themselves. They included me as a co-conspirator before I married the boy next door when I was too young and started down that old familiar path. Then they paid to bring me here. We are an awesome ‘band of sisters;’ that is until family pushed me out of personal dreams and into caring for every cousin and distant relative, their cats, dogs and ex-husbands, drunks and dreamers alike, all dying to share our success in America."

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Assign yourself “private time.” This should be your INNER WORK time. During each of the past four months we created easy to accomplish exercises. START WITH THOSE: write, draw, dance, sing, think, pray, whatever suits you. But take the work seriously. For over busy people, especially women, unless and until you create a schedule that is flexible that you can commit to, it is almost impossible to “FIND TIME.”
  2. FIND NEXT what works for you: That could be meditation; reading relevant, helpful books; listening to the podcasts of spiritual leaders or the exploring new information on Brain Science. There are old and new books that will help. MY CLASSIC favorite is “Inner Work” by Robert Johnson, a famous Jungian therapist. He covers several modalities and is particularly an expert in dream work. BUT DON’T STOP THERE! Go to Amazon and look up self-help and psychology and spiritual books.
  3. THINK OUT OF THE BOX! Sometimes it is really helpful to challenge our selves with ideas that are not our usual “go to.” Don’t be afraid to read Buddhism if you are Jewish, or popular sectarian books on the Kabbalah if you are a Christian. NO MATTER your core beliefs, the UNIVERSE and spirit speak in many voices. I am inspired by poetry, especially Mary Oliver these days. The idea is to move you DEEPER WITHIN and NOT allow yourself to settle for easy answers that don’t challenge you to find your TRUE VOICE!

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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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