An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma

The Indigenous People of Australia have a depth of spirituality that can enrich our Non-

Indigenous spirits in so many ways. One of these spiritual gifts is Dadirri. Take a little

time to reflectively read the following article and message from a remarkable, spirit -filled

Aboriginal Woman from Daly River, Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. Having grasped

a sense of this rich Indigenous gift, consider using, in some way, the suggestions which

follow the article. <3….Both links below share really good articles on this subject.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/an-indigenous-approach-to-healing-trauma/

http://nextwave.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Dadirri-Inner-Deep-Listening-M-R-Ungunmerr-Bauman-Refl.pdf

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7 thoughts on “An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma

  1. Love it. I often find indigenous people of all types have such a connection with themselves and with nature that we don’t get in our busy little “civilized” world. No wonder they’re all calm all the time XD

    1. The whole article is fascinating…but my favorite part was : “Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait. We do not try to hurry things up. We let them follow their natural course – like the seasons. We watch the moon in each of its phases. We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth…
      When twilight comes, we prepare for the night. At dawn we rise with the sun. We watch the bush foods and wait for them to ripen before we gather them. We wait for our young people as they grow, stage by stage, through their initiation ceremonies.
      When a relation dies, we wait a long time with the sorrow. We own our grief and allow it to heal slowly.”.

      1. They have such a beautiful way of relating to everything, too, I agree that’s a great part of the article. I haven’t got to read through the whole thing yet but I was skimming it and I liked the same theme as that passage you picked, where they were talking about “We don’t like to hurry. There is nothing more important than what we are attending to.
        There is nothing more urgent that we must hurry away for. . . We are River people. We cannot hurry the river. We have to move with its current and
        understand its ways.” I think that one line about the river is just spot on. People try and fight too many things in their lives. I mean, at the risk of sounding like a hippie from the 70’s, I think we all need to learn to go with the flow. I like the fact that they live in the present and flow towards the future instead of freaking out about the future and getting disappointed when plans don’t work out.

      2. Know what you mean…I definitely need to apply this philosophy in my life…sometimes we get so caught up in all the bullshit going on around us, we lose sight of what really matters in life.

  2. Think I’m going to add another link….it’s to the original article that contained the first link I shared. Part of this article relates how the benefits of practicing Dadirri can be can be viewed through the perspective of neuroscience. Really interesting. It also has a video showing Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Bauman speaking about Dadirri at an Indigenous Theology Symposium.
    http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/an-indigenous-approach-to-healing-trauma/

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