Take it easy. You don’t have to (in fact we urge you not to) climb fences, confront anybody, put your health and safety at risk. Just spend some time getting to know the place as it is now. Sit quietly and look around. Treat it like an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. It is.
Make beauty at that wounded place. Create the RadJoy bird out of found materials. Sing. Bow. Kiss the ground. Weep. Dance. Turn a cartwheel. Say a prayer. Drum.
Wherever you go, make it a practice to be on the lookout for other wounded places. They are abundant. When you encounter one, pause, even if just for a few seconds, and acknowledge it. Through this practice, you integrate the beautiful and not-beautiful, both in yourself and the world.
Join the interactive Earth Exchange Network on our website. There you can share with others the sorrow and beauty you experience in wounded places near you. You can post your stories, photos, and videos; join or start discussion groups; meet others who care about forging a new path of Earth activism.
Tell your friends about Radical Joy for Hard Times. Here’s how to start the conversation: Ask them if there’s a place in their life that they loved and that was destroyed—and how they felt about that.
Visit “your” wounded place on a regular basis. Notice if your feelings about it change. Ask yourself what else you might do for this place—e.g. pick up trash, plant flowers, start a movement to turn the place into a park or memorial. As Rumi said: “There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
When you hear about wounded places in your own area and around the world, breathe in deeply, accepting your feelings of distress as natural. Then breathe out beauty, love, compassion to the place, like a gift.
In your home, make an altar to wounded places. Put photographs and drawings on the altar, along with items from your wounded place like bits of trash, ash, dead wood. Light a candle for these places and the other wounded places on the Earth. Put fresh flowers on the altar for them.
Share with your friends the stories of the places you’ve loved and lost. Talk about what the places meant to you, both before and after they were damaged.
Visit wounded different places with your friends. Look at it as a chance to participate in an event that is part ceremony, part Happening, part art project, part adventure. Go with curiosity, openness, and a sense of wonder. Copyright http://radicaljoyforhardtimes.org
"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony."
~William Henry Channing (1810-1884)