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Just Be.

I walked into the Arise & Be retreat in January a battered, wounded soul, and immediately I could tell that it was a safe place. I saw it in the way people were smiling at one another, nervous but open. I felt it in the way the Arise & Be team had set up the room so beautifully, and in the way we were greeted individually by the team. I even heard it in the gorgeous music filling the room and tickling my ears.

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Is your life your own?

3 Ways to Offer our Life Story Well

In his book, Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer talks about his noble ambitions to live up to a high standard by observing great lives and emulating the loftiest of ideals.  However, in his quest to achieve a high standard of living, he realized how false his life began to feel. In his words he had “simply found a noble way to live a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart.”

What does it mean to listen to our own hearts and live the life that only we are meant to live?

1-We take the time to pull away and listen to the whispers of our hearts.  

What is important to me?  How am I aligning my time and resources to listen to my heart well?  

2-We honor all that we have lived and anticipate more story yet to be written.

How do I honor my failings and my successes?  How do I get to use what I have lived to finish writing my story well?  What is my best to offer the world?  What am I anticipating?

3-We OWN the responsibility of writing our life stories and intentionally offering it back.  Where do I need more support for the story I want to offer?  How do I want to finish well?  What is the legacy I want to leave?  How is Divine Love guiding my story?  What is blocking me?

Why is it so important to be intentional about writing our life stories well and offering it back?

Because just like our own unique fingerprints…so is the story for your life.  The world is waiting for you to show up and offer your story well.

I learned this life lesson well teaching in East L.A.  With a low socio-economic at-risk community of middle school children, I was hired to teach English.  As I learned to trust my intuition by incorporating the arts and integrating the right side of their brain to both soothe their spirit as well as energize their creative thinking, I watched the test scores go up.  I witnessed a population that had consistently failed begin to succeed at high rates.  What if I had passed over this position?  What if I had ignored my instinct to incorporate art?  What if I had dismissed the whispers of my heart to find creative ways to support the journey of these children?

We each have the joy of living fully present with our lives to offer the story that only we can offer.

My heart is with you and for you as you step nobly into your story and offer it to our world, Heather

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RECAP: Explore Your Voice Day Retreat

 

Well!  We did it!  Success!  Arise & Be just wrapped up our last retreat of 2014, and man, what a way to go out!

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The Explore Your Voice Day Retreat was spectacular… beyond words amazing. In fact, trying to put words to the feelings and energy that filled the room, the message, and the most uniquely gifted group of women, could never adequately capture everything the day was.

So, instead of trying to put MY words to the day, I’d like to let the beautiful women that attended the retreat do it instead. {Because really, there’s no one better to hear it from:-)}

These are the actual questions we ask guests at the end of every retreat:

– How was the length of time for the retreat?  The facilities?  The food?

I loved it all! The food was amazing.
I feel like everything should have been on Pinterest.
– Laura

– Which activity did you enjoy the most?  Why?

ALL OF IT!  Each bit was equally important.
Great mix of information, thought, processing time.
– Liana

– What part of the retreat was the most challenging for you?

It’s really hard for me to embrace silence or ‘alone time’… this retreat has taught
me the value of this and why it’s so important for me to recharge.
– Lexi

– What was most significant for you about this retreat experience?

The entire event. I loved all the women, stories, speakers and projects.
– Laurie

– How was your experience during space within time?

Awesome! Valuable. I achieved clarity around things
I needed time to stop and think about.
– Melissa

How did this day meet your expectations?

Exceeded all expectations!
– Michele

Any other comments or feedback?

Wow!  What a day! I will not only be back, but will share with others.
– Cristal

With two retreats officially under our belt, the year couldn’t have been any more perfect. We learned a lot about each other, who we are as a team, and have met some truly incredible women along the way. What a gift this year has been!

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The line up of upcoming coaching retreats and workshops for 2015 is looking even more fabulous! Visit our website {www.ariseandbe.com} to learn more! Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

– Michaela :-)

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“Finding your Bliss” Retreat September 2014

The day dawned bright and clear…  and our team was ‘over the moon’ excited about what the day would hold and the women we would get to meet.  Months of planning, dreaming and being inspired lead up to this moment and our team was truly feeling the beauty this day would hold.

The location: The gorgeous Wilson Vineyards, located in Clarksburg, a rustic barn.

The weather: Blue skies, gentle breezes and 100 degree heat.  (Thank goodness for fans!!)

The woman: Authentic woman that showed up ready to step into their best life.

The message: Find your Bliss.

The day began with our own personal barista Lexi, who prepared gourmet coffee and tea for each of us.  Followed by gentle music played by the wonderful Julie and Kathy. Heather led us in an art experience that engaged the rights side of our brain.  All we needed was  Paper… Sharpies… Oil pastels… and our smudgy fingers. :)  Fun Fun…

Then we explored the meaning of the word ‘Bliss’…  Not the light and fluffy feelings around it  BUT how it actually goes so much deeper.  Bliss is about intentional living.  About asking kind questions that move us into a life we want.  Bliss is about listening to what is being whispered to us… Relating to what supports our unique journey… Nurturing who we are and who we are becoming…  Bliss is living confidently… Honoring the truth we will hear in the journey… Bliss is about inviting love in to guide and transform you.

The day was filled with story-telling, creating bliss books, laughter, tears, growth, space within time, beautiful sharing, quiet moments and moving classical music and new friendships.

We asked each member of our team what their favorite part of the day was:

“I loved how the beauty of our environment complimented the beauty of our guests and the conversations we had. I enjoyed seeing their inner beauty so clearly reflected in the bliss books, their art, and their responses to our discussions.” – Heather

“My favorite part of the day was getting to engage with each of the amazing woman that attended.  I am always drawn to the fact that we are all so diverse and unique… and yet, when we share some of the deepest part of our hearts, we come to realize we have the same longings and needs. The same desires to be heard and valued.   I felt absolutely honored to be on this journey with each of them.  Making new friends in such an authentic way was AWESOME!”  – Sharon

“There was a moment toward the end of the retreat where I could see fresh air hit each woman’s heart as they breathed in the energy of the day. I get so excited for each of them as I think about what is ahead… I know their lives will transform so beautifully because they have been intentional about taking a day for themselves. It’s just the beginning, but it’s such an important step. It’s an awesome thing to be able to reflect back to each woman what a worthy investment she is!“ – Meredith

“I can’t stop thinking about the energy that was felt in the room throughout the day.  I am in awe with what is created when you have a room full of women that are all there with the same purpose, the same intention, the same openness and desire to invite goodness into their lives. To try and describe it in words is difficult because it was a feeling that filled our souls, and lifted our spirits.  I guess if I had to narrow it down to three words it would be peace, comfort and joy.  I feel so honored to have connected with each and every woman that came and enjoyed the day with us!  So excited for the next one!  Hugs!“ – Michaela

Thanks to each of the  amazing woman that joined us.  Crystal, Luna, Jennifer, Michelle, Shelley, Kathy, Julie, Lexi, Margo, Erin, Melinda, Mary and Catriona, you each inspired us.  Thank you for sharing this day with us, and for being willing to step into brave and engage better in the life you want.

The Arise & Be Team

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and here are some thoughts from retreat attendants:

“The reminder that I need to take the time to be intentional in nurturing my heart was so important to me.”

“It was beautiful. My soul is more at peace now and has the space to breathe.” – Michelle

“Hearing words put to my deepest emotions via other women’s voices was most significant about this experience.” – Shelley

“You can’t drive a car with an empty tank and today filled my tank to overflowing. It made me realize the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual need to make the time to do this on a regular basis.” – Melinda

“The power of being in a room with so many beautiful women had such an impact on me.” – Michelle

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Such a stunning group of beautiful, open spirits! xoxo!

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