I’m only human.
- I need shelter when I’m cold.
- I get hungry every few hours.
- I need to rest unconsciously every single night.
I’m just human.
- I misspell words.
- I say things wrong.
- I leak anger instead of grace when I’m upset.
I am human.
- I create art.
- I cry with a friend.
- I overflow with awe in the presence of Love.
What does it mean to be human?
To even ask the question is a sign of humanity. To think of answers, to communicate those answers, and to imagine answers yet unknown are also parts of being human.
Understanding what it means to be human is more than an intellectual pursuit. It is a also a physical practice. And it is a spiritual discipline.
Living human is a remarkable achievement.
This year I choose to explore what it means to be HUMAN, my One Word for 2023. To accept its limitations and its liberations. To appreciate its complications and its comforts.
In body and mind and soul.
I’ll alternate monthly practices for body, mind, and soul through each of the four seasons. I’m creating a list of 23 concrete things I want to accomplish in 2023 around being HUMAN.
There are certain things only humans can do. Making this plan and writing these thoughts and reading this post are some of them.
As my fellow human being, I thank you for your presence alongside me on this journey in space and time. We are human together.
Community is critical as we learn to live wisely and to love well as humans.
To be human—in this year, on this planet, in this skin—is a rare gift.
I don’t want to waste it.
For January, my focus is on the human body. I am committing to connecting with my body through “Yoga with Adriene.” Each January, Adriene leads a 30-day practice on Youtube to build strength and live more grounded in our bodies. Her theme this year is Center.
Have you chosen one word or made any resolutions for 2023? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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