Feb 222012

I’m kind of excited and a little bit nervous to announce that I am giving up Facebook for the 40 days of Lent, starting today (Ash Wednesday) and ending on Easter Sunday, April 8th. 

As you may already know I am not a Christian, but I love the ritual of giving up something that is precious to us, that we might miss, something that will build our character as we lovingly resist its temptation. But what I love most is that it is all in preparation for rebirth, aka Spring!


In Chinese Medicine, Spring is the time of the liver which is all about CHANGE. So I’ll be sorting my priorities over the next six weeks, doing as the Earth herself does, funneling all my energy into new shoots.

I’ve also heard that it takes six weeks to break a habit and establish a new routine. While it may be a stretch to say that Facebook is precious to me, I’m sure I’d be appalled to learn how much time I really do spend there.


I’m thinking about these next 40 days as an opportunity to strengthen my commitment in some other areas of my life. For instance, my beloved partner and I are planning our first house concert since moving here to Salt Spring Island for April!


While I won’t be posting to Facebook, I will be updating this blog more often! So if you want to stay in touch with my on-abouts, make sure to subscribe (put your email in the box on the top right) and choose your own notification preferences. And if you want to be in touch, just send an email through my contact page.

Otherwise, wish me luck! Think of me focusing, creating, cleaning the water in my wellspring.


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A writer, artist and tender of dreams, Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News & BBC Radio and her writing has appeared in publications around the world. Thanks to Skype, she works with dreamers internationally in her Private Dreamwork practice, based on Salt Spring Island in Canada. You can find Toko-pa on Facebook or sign up for her mailing list to receive news about upcoming events.

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  14 Responses to “Giving Up Facebook for Lent”

  1. I will miss you on FB, however, please subscribe me to your blog.
    For some reason I was unable to do it myself on your site.

    Kindest regards,

  2. Wonderful Toko-pa! You are an inspiration. I may try this in my own way. Enjoy your springtime cleanse and creativity! Warm hugs, B.

    • Thank you sweet Belinda! Are you subscribed to my blog yet? I’ve been hearing from a few users that they aren’t getting notifications, so I may have to install a different service, but do give it a go and see if you have any luck 🙂

  3. Enjoy your time away from FB, Toko-pa :-))) You are Inspiring me to do the same. Change is indeed very good! Happy Cleanse 🙂

  4. I thought of you tonight, as I’ve had a couple of dreams about lions, and saw your post. There’s something wonderful about the way *40 days* sounds:)
    When dreams repeat themselves, I always think there something important to them…. I want to say these lions were young females.

    Much Love

    • Hi Sally! I love it when people tell me their lioness dreams remind them of me!! Yes, I agree that recurring dreams have something important for us. Lovely to have you here 🙂

  5. Dear Toko, it must have been years since we saw each other last but thanks to your lovely posts and energy you keep sending this way I feel we have remained in close touch. Any time you send thoughts or images, they always reach me at the perfect time and always evocate nothing but joy and pleasure and much inspiration! Thank you kindly and I am sending fullhearted greetings all this way from the heart of Europe, best wishes for the springtime cleanse, may this time be truly happy and magical for you, I keep looking forward to hearing from you any time and allways. Love, Lucie

  6. What a beautiful idea! I have been in social-media overload for a while now … although we are in the lenten season as I write this, it may well do something similar.

  7. Ah Spring, a time for rebirth and cleansing…..am so inspired by you and know facebook will be saddened without your spirit….so I will gladly pop in here to refresh my soul <3

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