#Flexyourcourage wrap-up and a quiet November

Nov 3, 2015

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It’s been a whirlwind month at Nalumana with the #flexyourcourage challenge on the go.


It’s been such a pleasure seeing you test the edges of your comfort zone and imagine what’s possible for your day, your week, your life.  You’ve traveled the world, run marathons, juggled more children than you have arms to hold them, spoken genuine kindnesses, and tried some wacky acroyoga poses…to name a few.  

What a courageous group of women you all are.


I hope that bringing the idea of flexing your courage to your consciousness for the past month has allowed you to consider what a courage-flexing practice might look like in your life, and how it might change your perspective on tackling the Really Scary Stuff.

November is always one of those quiet, kind of dull months, and I’m embracing that fully.  I feel transition in the air:  personally, I am embarking on a huge adventure with my family this month, and I have taken on the role of full time stay-at-home-mom of two.  Honestly, that might be the biggest #flexyourcourage moment of my year!  

Professionally, Nalumana is six months old and I’ve run out of fingers AND toes to count the lessons I’ve learned along the way.  I can’t wait to continue evolving.  As a part of that process, I want to know more about YOU. 

Tell me about yourself!  Stick to the numbers – age, number of kids, coffees it takes to get you going in the morning – or get into the juicy stuff – what do you want to be when you grow up?  What makes you blissfully happy?


The Becoming Podcast has been on a short hiatus while I focus on writing my book, but oh what a comeback episode I have for you!

This month, I spoke to Toko-pa Turner, who many of you may know as the unofficial patron saint of many of my circles and gatherings because of the sheer number of times I’ve quoted from the wisdom of her book, Belonging.

Toko-pa is a Canadian author, teacher, and dreamworker. Blending the mystical teachings of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreams, she founded The Dream School in 2001, from which thousands of students have graduated. She is the author of the award-winning book, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, which explores the themes of exile and belonging through the lens of dreams, mythology, and nature. This book has resonated for readers worldwide, and has been translated into 10 different languages so far. Her work focuses on the relationship between psyche and nature, and how to follow our inner wisdom to meet with the social, psychological, and ecological challenges of our time.

Here’s some of what Toko-pa and I talk about in this episode:

> The dream that changed Toko-pa’s life, causing her to question her career and, ultimately, her identity

> How we can court our dreams to support us during times of radical transformation – and the reasons so many of us have a hard time remembering and working with what shows up in our dreamscape

> Toko-pa’s perspective on the message of Belonging after the divisiveness our society has experienced in the years since it was published

> What happened for both Toko-pa and I when we fell out of belonging from the ideologies of the “wellness world”

> How to build community when you’re under-resourced

> “The Big Lie” when it comes to belonging, and how we can reclaim a sense of belonging to the greater family of things, as Mary Oliver so famously wrote

Listen to the episode on iTunes


Show Notes

Toko-pa’s Website

Belonging:  Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko-pa’s book

The David Abram video about animism mentioned in the interview

Toko-pa’s self-guided program, Dream Drops

Companion, the program that accompanies Belonging


Also, while you’re at it, if you enjoy The Becoming Podcast, I would be so grateful if you would rate and review, and even subscribe to it on iTunes.  That goes a long way to helping more and more people find and benefit from hearing these interviews!  Thank you so much!