“If the pandemic that began and engulfed the world in 2020 taught us anything at all it is that we are utterly and inevitably interconnected—and not only with each other, but also with this earth on which we wholly depend in all its brilliance, beauty, fearsomeness and biodiversity. Yet this was also the time in which we witnessed and felt first-hand the agonies of isolation and loneliness, the need we have for one another, the need each of us has to be cared for—and to be caring.”

― from “Intimacy and Solitude: Finding new closeness and self-trust in a distanced world”

Meet the Senior Australian of the Year, 2021, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

‘Now is the time for you to come closer to understand us and to understand how we live and listen to what the needs are in our communities.’ Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann What a privilege it was for me to go to Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) in the Northern Territory to meet the Senior Australian of the Year, 2021, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. It was far more than a day of delightful company; it was also a day of deep learning, especially about Dadirri. This is not just a spiritual practice taught by the world’s oldest surviving culture. It’s a way of being that Australia and the world could greatly benefit from. Above all, it returns us to a sense of BELONGING: belonging to one another and to the earth on which we depend. A link follows to my interview, published in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, which will give you a glimpse of this encounter, and to share what Dr Miriam-Rose so generously shared with me.  https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/tap-into-your-deep-spring-with-transformative-spiritual-listening-20210520-p57tkr.html

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