I started Humanitou a year ago as a way to connect with the people and arts in my community of Manitou Springs, Colorado. A lot has evolved since.
I read and worked through The Artists Way. I committed to a spiritual practice through yoga, and engaged in a 32-week yoga apprenticeship and teacher training program at Root Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies in Colorado Springs.
And I pulled back from my marketing career to focus on who I am as a person, artist, husband, father, and community member, and to build a life path forward from that place … basically, to live life with humanity at the heart of my existence and contribution.
As a result, Humanitou has grown from publishing weekly conversations about humanness, art, life lessons and perspectives of people in my community to a site where I also create and share from my own place in the world. The Humanitou conversations are continuing as a valuable project within that scope, if at a more balanced pace and only one part of the picture.
I know that the word yoga most likely calls to mind images of people contorting their bodies as a form of exercise and socializing. While asana, the physical practice of yoga, has its place within the broad and deep spiritual practice and study of yogic philosophy, the word also means union.
Humanitou is about the union of humanness and creativity. Others, mine, everyone’s.
This site is a breathing reflection of me as a yogi and artist, a community member and super-curious person who, despite being an inward-looking introvert, likes to engage in deep conversations with others, to learn from them and, hopefully, give something of use to them in the process.
It seems to me we all could use more of that, especially these days.
Use the links in the menu at the top of the page to read in the area(s) that interest you. The conversations of the past year largely are under the humanness banner, though those that are thicker with a yoga or creativity focus will be categorized as such.
To read “dharma talks” as fuel for your own reflections on life and yoga, the category, naturally, is yoga.
To read my poetry, see works in progress, photography, conversations with creatives, and whatever else I come up with as a way to connect with myself, nature, you … check out the creativity category.