“Listening is an attitude of the heart” Sura Hart
Aboriginal writer Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, describes how the Aboriginal culture teaches us to be still and to wait. They do not try to hurry things up. They let life follow its natural course – like the seasons.
She says the Aboriginals watch the moon in each of its phases. They wait for the rain to fill up their rivers and this helps water the earth. When twilight comes, they prepare for the night. At dawn they rise with the sun.
The Aboriginals watch the bush foods and wait for them to ripen. Once ready, they gather them to eat. They wait for the young people to grow, stage by stage, through their initiation ceremonies. When a family member passes on, they wait a long time with their sorrow.
They own their grief and allow it to heal slowly.
We have so much to learn from their understanding of life and the environment. Each time we slow down, each time we listen, we learn to trust that life will provide what we need.
Miriam speaks of the word ‘Dadirri’ which recognises the deep spring that is inside us. She say’s it is a deep calling. We call on it, and it calls to us. This is the gift we are thirsting for.
When I experience the silent awareness of ‘Dadirri’, I can feel whole again. There is no need for words. ‘Dadirri’ is listening.
‘Dadirri’ – Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
To know me
Is to breathe with me
To breathe with me
Is to listen deeply
To listen deeply
Is to connect
To connect is to understand