In the world we live in today, which is largely over scheduled, it’s important to make the time and effort to stop and reflect upon things. If we never do this, we can pretty quickly feel like the busy-ness takes over. Something I have realised is that technology has seeped into my reflection time, almost to a point of saturation. My photos are onscreen, my friends and family’s photos are shared onscreen. I read about things happening in my circle via a screen and I communicate with my world onscreen as well – just as I am now.
Last term, I shared the practice of dadirri with the MYSHA groups. Dadirri is an Australian indigenous word which means deep listening, or mindful listening. It calls us to listen in a participatory way with our environment, and most importantly with our natural environment. To commune with and connect with Mother Nature.
As a young person, I used to practice dadirri (not knowing this beautiful word for it then of course) quite often. Even as I sat at my piano as a young girl, I would gaze out the sliding glass door at the trees and the sky outside. The songs I wrote as I sat there were a reflection of my life and I realise now that I was practising dadirri as I reflected. Perhaps that’s even where the songs came from?
I also used to love gazing at the ocean, mysterious and pregnant with potential of all the lands across the other side of the world which I would one day come to know and love (and adore). Back then, there weren’t the busy distractions of an over scheduled life. Back then, there was no technology to speak of either. Life wasn’t shared or reflected upon via a screen.
The benefits I got from this habit as a young person I hardly noticed at the time, but I see now were hugely beneficial.
These days it’s a lot harder to form a lasting connection with our natural environment, when we are so busy and when the downtime that we do get is largely dominated by screens! In fact, I wonder if most people would see more of nature on their screens than in real life.
I wonder sometimes how we will evolve with all this nature avoidance going on. It’s a little worrying, don’t you think?
I wonder what the impact of this vastly different way of life we now lead will be on our children. As a result, one of my priorities in my working life is to offer Naturally Inspired Sacred Play Circles for children. An hour and a half at the end of the week, for children to reflect and to express their experiences through the arts, in mindful connection to NATURE.
This term, to deepen our connection, we will explore the way our planet is impacted by busy humans and what we can do to care for our beautiful earth home in a respectful and understanding way. And all the while, we are taking care of ourselves with the same love.
If you have children aged between 5 and 10yrs (Prep to Yr 5) and you would like them to become loving caretakers of our planet in a creative and mindful way and to benefit from this aware practice, please contact us.
We start TOMORROW afternoon from 3.45 to 5.15pm at the MYSHA heARTSpace.
Peace and blessings,