Dadirri — Deep Listening, Awareness and Waiting

The still, quietness of deep listening, being aware & waiting. Now is the time for each of us to reconnect and drink from that inner spring within us all.


Looking back on my up bringing in a small community in north west NSW, Australia for me brings not only feeling of hurt and frustration at the system but also feelings that bring overwhelming proudness and to the core joy. For me growing up in the outback of Australia has been such a wonderful experience, with each new day bringing with it new experiences of connection. Connection to family, friends and most importantly my connection to the land, my Mother Earth.

Indigenous Australians have this deep connection to land. We belong to the land; the land does not belong to us. So many people in today's society tend to purchase their patch of land and the bigger the better.  People continue to exploit our beautiful mother earth for its riches to benefit themselves by putting money in their pockets. Don’t get me wrong, I know we need money to survive day to day living but there comes a time in our lives where we need to think about who we are as people on this earth. We need to reconnect in a way that is less demanding on this beautiful earth we have at our feet and stop worrying about what we need to pull out of our wallets to get this connection we all seek. This connection to who we are as human beings, the beautifully splendid soul that resides within each us, Our Royal Being. We don't need to be putting our hands in our pockets to seek this inner peace we all look for. Put your hand on your heart, there, its right there. 

For as long as I can remember I have always had this calling if you will, to my Mother Earth. To have my bare feet planted deeply into the earth, as if to reconnect my roots to my Royal Being. I am a true nature lover and I adore being out in nature. As a child growing up in an Indigenous community bought all the love and connection, not just to the land but to my people. I loved going on adventures ‘out bush’ in the Australian outback. During this time, I would play in the trunks of trees and dig into the beautiful cool earth. The joy is filling my soul as I sit here and write, thinking about the emotions that I had back then, pure bliss and not a worry in the world. I would play with the trees and give them names, talking to them as if they were my best friends. Call me crazy or just call me a very connected child. I’d prefer the very connected child by the way (lol).

Aboriginal families are very large, its not your normal family of you know, mother, father, siblings, etc. Its mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunties,uncles, cousins and so on. In many instances growing up there was always someone around. Even if your parents were out of town or away, we still had everyone else right there by our sides.

 My biggest spiritual influence was my father, Arthur. He was a truck driver and it was always just him and I. We travelled all over Australia in those big dusty trucks. But even as dad worked and brought home the money he always found time for deep appreciation of our mother earth and listening. At the time I didn’t know how significant just sitting together watching the sunset or sunrise was, but looking back at it now, I know deep to my Royal Being, it was that quiet time of ‘Dadirri’.

For us 'Dadirri' is reconnecting to our Royal Being, our spiritual self. By sitting by the river, oceans, lakes or even in watching the sunrise or sunset. Its in these moments when we are truly appreciating the splendid magnificence of our Mother Earth that we truly find ourselves. Its sitting quietly, very still and just listening either to the wind, the birds or any of the natural noises that surround us in deep nature. Listening to our hearts beat, the stillness within us, it calls to our very Royal Beings and we call to it. It’s sitting in this stillness and listening quietly to the beautiful fresh water spring within us.

An Aboriginal Writer by the name of Miriam- Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann describes deep listening as follows. “Dadirri isinner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us.” “It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’.

 I believe by making the time to be this connected to who you truly are as a 'Royal Being’ will change your whole world. The deeper you listen and connect the more you will see things change around you. Knowing that you deserve this inner peace brings more awareness to the amazing life each of us could have in today's world.

 We are so caught up in making ends meat that we often forget to take the time to truly be happy and filled with the most intense joy.  I tell you now that this deep listening, ‘Dadirri’ will bring these feelings and experiences your Royal Being is longing for.

 Everybody has the ability to sit by their inner spring and listen quietly. Everybody has the ability to get out into deep nature and really be present in the moment. Own the feelings it brings to you, as its your Dadirri calling out to you.

 Take the time to appreciate our mother earth, plant your bare feet deep into the earth, make time to reconnect to your Royal Being. As Bryant McGill says “rent yourself” give yourself time to experience nature. Allow time for you to hear the call of your ‘Dadirri’.