Radical Joy Revealed
March 18, 2015

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe.

So Then What
(now that you've found
a wounded place)?  

The recognition of a wounded place
Joyce Bowden at Ocanochee Mountain, Hillsborough, NC. 2013 Global Earth Exchange. Photo courtesy of Joyce Bowden

Radical Joy for Hard Times believes that we cannot create a sustainable, thriving world until we open our hearts to wounded, as well as beautiful places. Finding beauty and value in these places is as vital as seeing what is beautiful and valuable in the people we love.


But what do you do when you encounter a wounded place? Here are some simple suggestions:


1. Pause. Don't rush on.

2. Take in what's there. Just notice. Nothing is demanded of you. 

3. Notice, too, how you're feeling about all this. Refrain from judging yourself.

4. If you're with another person, share together what you're experiencing. If you're alone, tell someone as soon as you can what happened.

6. Make a simple gift of beauty for this place: bow, sing, blow a kiss, kiss the ground, hug a tree, make the RadJoy Bird out of materials you find there, pray, dance ...


You might spend just two minutes at this place. You might spend two hours there. By the quality of your attention, you give beauty to a wounded place and know yourself to be engaged in all of life in a bigger way.



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Make Beauty
for a Place You Love

On June 20 people around the world will go to wounded places to share their stories of what the places mean to them, spend time getting to know the places as they are now, and make a simple act of beauty there: a bird created out of materials found on site. Join the world in making beauty for the Earth for the 6th annual Global Earth Exchange.

To see the photos of the 2014 Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
2014 Radical Joy for Hard Times | | trebbe@radicaljoyforhardtimes.org |