Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human….you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, ‘My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.’ We belong in a bundle of life.
Four Issues Already!
We can not believe how much has happened this year at Being Human. We never would have dreamed we would be here now with hundreds of subscribers and four issues (print and digital) released into the world already! You can browse and buy each of the issues on this page.
Why Being Human?
Thank you for coming alongside us and sharing our desire to beckon humanity forward outside the destructive and widespread us-versus-them, either-or mentality, and daring to tell a different story, one where we live into our sacred kinship with everything and everyone. Have you read more about Being Human’s heart and why we exist? Find that here. And be sure to meet our creators and collaborators!
Share Your Art This Year
Thank you to everyone who offered their authentic voice, their most precious words, submitted their never-been-told stories, and crafted such exquisite poetry and prose to the magazine and the weekly-ish journal!
We want to urge you to keep making and sharing your art with the rest of us. Kick all the relentless resistance to the curb, and decide to open up your heart again and again, tapping into your truest self and bringing forth the music beating against the walls of your heart. Don’t ignore it for another day.
Perhaps you are feeling the nudge to take a risk this year, write a little more, create without fear, then we invite you to join our creative community of writers, artists, poets, dreamers, edge-dwellers, line-crossers, endless seekers, as we explore more expansive, generative ways of being fully human and alive. Please read about our submission guidelines!
Currently, we are in the midst of collecting your pieces for the spring edition of Being Human, ISSUE 05//MEND as well as all other upcoming 2022 issues. See all of our themes for the year and find out what kind of pieces we accept on this page. (Also, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your work or any questions you might have and we will be in touch with you!)
Our Highly Recommended Reads & Listens
In closing, we’d love to remind you about our Resources page where you’ll see loads of our highly recommended books- memoir, earth care, women’s issues, race and social justice, creativity, and spirituality, engaging podcasts, and other inspiring reads and recommendations from around the web.
Free Manifesto & Issue 01
And if you haven’t already be sure to subscribe to the magazine, so you are notified when every new issue becomes available. Only subscribers receive the links to our print and digital magazines. It’s simple, and you’ll receive a free link to read ISSUE 01//HOME and a copy of our printable Being Human Manifesto delivered straight to your inbox!
A few of our most read posts from our online journal in 2021 from each of our regular collaborators:
Bec Ellis leans into a very intimate question,
“Do you stay? With this tribe?”
“Or do you allow them to drive this holy
discontent, this wonderment”
Can you relate to her words? Don’t miss her response!
Felicia Murrel ponders what it might look like, feel like, to live into the fullness of our humanity. She gives us a glimpse into what she’s discovered and encourages us to keep expanding and evolving toward the Mystery of Love-
Em Dobberstein shares the truth of what I think we’re all slightly terrified to admit about addiction, recovery, relapse, and what it means to continue becoming…it’s never just a straightforward path is it?
Jenneth Graser shares a love letter she wrote to herself containing her best advice, perhaps a practice we could try heading into 2022!
“There will always be a challenge in tandem with your joys.
Choose to magnify gratitude.
Build with eternity as a current state of being.
Make peace with your own death.
Then you will take the handbrake off of life.“
Sonja Cox learned how to welcome it all in her piece titled, “Unlocking Ourselves.” It will help you breathe and deep and find your footing if you’re feeling a little shaky these days.
We loved these gut-wrenchingly honest words from Jane Woods, “Every day I am confused about exactly what I’m doing here. Every day I’m like, wtf is going on… what is earth? Why did I come?” You can read the rest of her revelation here!
And from our creators: Charissa confesses her Bible now sits dusty on her bookshelf, Jenna opens up about her miscarriage, an intimate reminder that healing is an on-going process of breakthrough, and Brittany gives us a surprising starting place for change.
We can’t wait to hear from you this year!
Let’s be human together,
Charissa, Jenna, & Brittany