Dadirri-the Aboriginal way

There is an Aboriginal word, Dadirri which is a special quality and unique gift of the Aboriginal people. It is an inner deep listening and quiet still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. In english translation we might call it contemplation but it still does not quite capture the Aboriginal meaning. The Dadirri way teaches us to be still and wait. They know that in time and in the spirit of Dadirri the way will be made clear.

Well a couple of years ago I called my kayak Dadirri. It was my vehicle to journey out onto the ocean and sit in quiet contemplation, enjoying the stillness. I haven't been out in my kayak lately - it's winter for a start. But mainly I have been too busy with other demands. But today on a dreary winter's day I braved the cold water and paddled out. The ocean was calm and still as a pond. The reflections in the water of the winter clouds with patches of pale winter sun made a lovely watery seascape. So I paddled out to the isolation of the ocean seeking a Dadirri experience.

The silence and the lull of the ocean engulfed me. I heard my sadness in the silence. It was very loud. It was the deep spring inside that I needed to listen to. It wasn't what I wanted to hear. I wanted a revelation - an insight to a way out of my demanding struggles. Instead I just had to sit with my sadness in the beautiful silence of the calm ocean realising that this is it. This is my life at the moment - sadness and struggles. This is what I need to bind to, not try and escape (which is what I long to do!) I thought about the need to hold my Kavannah, my intention, my devotion..........this is a challange during demanding and exhausting periods. So was that my revelation?

A quote from an Aboriginal author who wrote about Dadirri: "We are like the tree standing in the middle of a bushfire sweeping through the timber. The leaves are scorched and the tough bark is scarred and burnt, but inside the tree the sap is still flowing and under the ground the roots are still strong. Like that tree we have endured the flames and we still have the power to be re-born."
"There are deep springs within each of us. Within this deep spring, which is the very spirit, is a sound. The sound of Deep calling to Deep."