I found dadirri very peaceful and welcoming. Sitting in the sun, listening to chirping birds, the sound of leaves rustling in the swaing leaves, it was just so lovely. The wind was also not too strong, so when it flows past your ears it’s like a little voice taking to you. The grass was wet, but when you touched it, it felt soft and your hand felt wet. It dried on your hand quite quickly because of the beautiful, warm, shiny sun. Sitting in the lovely warm sun, all quiet around me, just made me feel free and made me want to do dadirri again and again.
In my Daddiri time I escape to a happier place. People, places everywhere. We live amongst a busy world, so much to do, so much to learn. So I close my eyes, take a breath. Escape into the happiness. See the sun the moon the rain, A place where you’re never afraid. Shalini
Billie Miles It was quiet. All you could hear was the whispering in the wind. As I lay down I could feel the warmth of the sun. I looked up at the clear blue sky. From the corner of my eye I could see the greens and yellows of the trees leaves as the sun shone through the branches.
Where I was sitting my mind was clear. Nothing could get in my way but the beauty of nature. I was still and could hear everything. The buzzing bees the chirping birds, everything was clear. I felt as if all the humans in the world had frozen and only nature could be heard. I felt like everything else had gone quiet and beautiful nature had taken over the sounds of the world at one stage the vrooming cars couldn’t be heard. That was a lovely stage of my life that only lasted a minute. It was so lovely theres no other way to describe it. Everything was blocked out and I could focus on the one thing. I felt relaxed, every part of my body could stop working so hard.
When I did my dadirri I felt every thing blurred but the thing I focused on. Dadirri makes your mind go blank. I like Dadirri because it is relaxing and it makes your mind go blank. I like Daddiri. Lachlan
We would like to share with you now a video interview sharing the experiences of our indigenous students at Sacred Heart.
Sorry Day26thMay 2010
I would like to acknowledge the traditionalcustodians of the land, the Ngunawal Peopleand call on the Spirit Ancestors to walk with ustoday, as we share and learn together.
This flower is the national emblem of the StolenGenerations. It is found widely across Australia and it isa survivor .For the mothers and children ofthe Stolen Generation.
As we light this candle we rememberthe Stolen Generation. We lookforward to true reconciliation andhealing for the future generations.
Be StillBe st ill, wait , do not rush t hings.Let lif e happen by it self .Work wit h it , t rust in t he spirit ualit y and wisdom t hatis around you.Wit h conf idence, we wait f or God t oo.His t ime is right t ime .Wait f or Him t o make His Word clear. Right t ime , gent le t ime, don t rush.Somet imes wait ing is painf ul.Somet imes it s a st ruggle.But ,Circle is always t urning. Right t ime will come.Be pat ient .Be st ill.List en.
DadirriDadirri is about t aking t ime t o list en andt o be renewed. The I ndigenous peopleshave experienced dadirri f or over40,000 years.We can learn f rom t hese t radit ions andexperience t hem t oday .Let us share some of our ref lect ions f romour dadirri experiences.
Let us pray• Leader: We honour the memory of the peopleof this land from long ago.All: We hear their cry and pray for healing.Leader: We are mindful of the dispossessionof these people from their land.All: We hear their cry and pray for healing.Leader: We leave here today ready to worktowards Reconciliation with theAboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.All: We hear their cry and pray for healing.
Please extend your hand in a blessing to othersas I read our blessing prayer.In the name of the Father….Creator Spirit, God of the Dreaming, God of thisancient land, you who see the good in all yourpeople, we thank you for the gift of our manydifferent cultures. We come together with ourhearts ready and open to your Spirit of peaceand healing. We ask you to fill us with the loveand understanding that can help us to acceptthe wrongs that have been done to ourbrothers and sisters. Help us now to do allthat we can to be one in your love and peace.We make this prayer in the name of Jesus who
Aust ralian BlessingMay you always st and t all as a t reeBe as st rong as t he rock UluruAs gent le and st ill as t he morning mistHold t he warmt h of t he campf ire in yourheartAnd may t he Creat or SpiritAlways walk wit h you.E.Pike 97