These are the words of Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann . As I read these words, I feel a resonance with them within my being. Reminding me that I know this deep listening and quiet, a bit like contemplation, but more. The deep spring inside of me. As I read her words, this place in me is touched, and I remember it. Thank you, Miriam.

As you read them, how do they make you feel? Does somewhere in you know what she is speaking about?

“It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to our fellow Australians. In our language this quality is called dadirri. It is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness.
Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call "contemplation".
When I experience dadirri, I am made whole again. I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. There is no need of words. A big part of dadirri is listening.”

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