What’s on YOUR Bucket List??

Oct 20, 2015

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Fulfilling a bucket list dream is a great way to #flexyourcourage…


I’ve had a bucket list for many years.  It’s evolved, over time:  fifteen years ago I wanted to see a live taping of the Oprah show and own a golden retriever with a blue bandana around his neck.  I wanted a baby grand piano, and to own a great suit.  

My life changed quite a bit after I graduated university, got a “real” job, and got married.  My bucket list didn’t suit me anymore:  Oprah left the world of daytime television, we adopted a quirky lab/husky dog from a rescue shelter, I’ve lost a lot of my skill on the piano, and the suit wasn’t nearly as fulfilling as I thought it would be.

Nevertheless, my bucket list lives on.  It’s a somewhat random and quite varied list, and I try to cross something off of it each year.  Last year, I paddled among the icebergs in Newfoundland; this year I went on a solo retreat and paddled the sea caves at The Ovens Provincial Park.  Returning to India and seeing Dave Matthews Band live is just going to have to wait for another year…

[tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#flexyourcourage”]What’s on your bucket list? [/tweetthis] 

Do you share your ambitions with others?  How often do you manage to cross something off your list?  


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


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