Radical Joy Revealed
October 29, 2014

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A Tender, Unpredictable Relationship


What's our response when we read the news that half the creatures of the land and waters have become extinct over the past 40 years? asks Joe Confino writing for The Guardian of London. "We read this and perhaps shake our heads in dismay, and then consume the next news story. The question we should all be asking is why aren't we on the floor doubled up in pain at our capacity for industrial scale genocide of the world's species."


The author goes on to recommend getting in touch with grief, both by sharing feelings and doing ceremony. The point is "not to get stuck in anger and hopelessness, but to transcend them through the power of compassion and forgiveness."


The path of Radical Joy for Hard Times, as expressed in our very name, is that we acknowledge that grief and joy have a very tender, yet unpredictable relationship. It is when we allow ourselves to feel the depths of our sorrow that astonishing shafts of joy can pierce through. And it is in moments of joy that we are often achingly aware of the fragility and preciousness of life.


Thanks to Harriet Lock for pointing out this article to us.


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