A reflection inspired by the words from Dadirri - A Reflection By Miriam - Rose Ungunmerr - Baumann of the Ngangikurungkurr people from Daly River in the Northern Territory.

Dadirri means inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. It is a 'tuning in' experience with the specific aim to come to a deeper understanding of the beauty of nature.

Dadirri recognises the inner spirit that calls us to reflection and contemplation of the wonders of all God's creation. Within a deep silence we attempt to find the inner self, the perfect peace and the experience of God embracing us.


This prayer time/reflection is best done out-of-doors, for example a local park or by a river/ water. This gives students the opportunity to listen to the sounds around them and to be immersed in the environment.


1. Introduction

  • Dadirri is all about taking time to listen and to be renewed. The Indigenous peoples have experienced dadirri for over 40,000 years.
  • Spend time in silent awareness. Be silent and become aware of sounds, fragrances.
  • Let us begin by resting the fields of the heart.
  • Visualise the new age that is about to be born.
  • Breathe in slowly the sacredness that is all around you. Exhale gently so as not to disturb the serenity of God.
  • Discover the quiet places and go down into the refreshing wells of the spirit. This is the time to listen to creation breathe.
  • Take a long and loving look at what is real.

2. Readings

Reading One - Be Still

    Be still, wait, do not rush things.
    Let life happen by itself.
    Work with it, trust in the spirituality and wisdom that is around you.
    With confidence, we wait for God too.
    His time is 'right time'.
    Wait for Him to make His Word clear.
    'Right time', gentle time, don't rush.
    Sometimes waiting is painful.
    Sometimes it's a struggle.
    Circle is always turning.
    'Right time' will come.
    Be patient.
    Be still.

Reading Two - Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father spoke to the Indigenous people gathered at Alice Springs in 1986. This is what he said: 


You lived your lives in spiritual closeness to the land, with its animals, birds, fishes, water holes, rivers, hills and mountains. Through your closeness to the land, you touched the sacredness of man's relationship with God, for the land was the proof of a power in life greater than yourselves. You did not spoil the land, use it up, exhaust it, and then walk away from it. You realised that your land was related to the source of life.

Extract of homily of Pope John Paul II to Aboriginal Peoples at Alice Springs in 1986 (St Paul Publications, Homebush NSW)

Clap sticks may be used at the conclusion of the reading or a song may be sung.

3. Response in word

Participants are invited to respond with one word that is speaking to them throughout the meditation (e.g. sacredness). Between each response all the participants say together: "Listen, the Voice of Your God is Calling."

4. Antiphon: My Spirit Thirsts...

Clap sticks may be used during the singing of the antiphon.

    Creator Spirit,
    Blessed are you who made all things.
    You are wondrous with your blessings.
    You have given me land.
    This is where I come from.
    My sacredness,
    My identity,
    My food and shelter,
    My healing,
    My knowledge,
    My strength,
    My hope.
    Take the Land from me and you take my soul.
    You know who I am, where I come from and where I am going.
    You have made my tracks in the land.
    Grant me the wisdom to follow them with courage.
    The land, she comforts me.
    My Spirit thirsts for her love to be present in my heart.
    I know I am never alone.

5. Conclusion

    Leader: We honour the memory of the people of this land from long ago.
    All: We hear their cry and pray for healing.
    Leader: We are mindful of the dispossession of these people from their land.
    All: We hear their cry and pray for healing.
    Leader: We leave here today ready to work towards Reconciliation with the
    Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.
    All: We hear their cry and pray for healing.

When students are ready, they move quietly away from the 'listening/praying' environment.