Deep listening (dadirri)

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:41 pm

Greetings,

Aboriginal people practice deep listening, an almost spiritual skill, based on respect. Sometimes called ‘dadirri’, deep listening is inner, quiet, still awareness, and waiting.

Deep listening (dadirri)
http://www.creativespirits.info/aborigi ... ng-dadirri

Australian Aboriginal Wisdom
http://www.sharedwisdom.com/article/aus ... nal-wisdom

How you can experience dadirri?

Reserve a space regularly for about 5 minutes, in the morning or evening. Go outside if you can. Simply sit and look at and listen to the earth and environment that surrounds you.

Focus on something specific, such as a bird, a blade of grass, a clump of soil, cracked earth, a flower, bush or leaf, a cloud in the sky or a body of water, whatever you can see.

You can also let something find you, be it a leaf, the sound of a bird, the feel of the breeze, the light on a tree trunk. There’s no need to try, just wait a while.

Be still and silent and listen.

Following this quiet time, there may be, on occasion, value in expressing in some way your experience of this quiet, still listening. You may wish to talk about the experience or journal, write poetry, draw, paint or sing. This needs to be held in balance - the key to dadirri is in simply being, rather than in outcomes and activity.

:namaste:

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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by tiltbillings » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:55 am

Thanks.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by Aloka » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:46 am

Sometimes called ‘dadirri’, deep listening is inner, quiet, still awareness.....
Hi Retro,

Just as an aside, I much prefer to meditate outdoors (with eyes open).

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Thich Nhat Hahn often talks about "Deep listening". Here he speaks to Oprah about about it (approx.three and a half minutes)




With kind wishes,

Aloka

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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by Spiny Norman » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:50 am

retrofuturist wrote: Focus on something specific, such as a bird, a blade of grass, a clump of soil, cracked earth, a flower, bush or leaf, a cloud in the sky or a body of water, whatever you can see.
I have a daily session of watching waves break on the shore.
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Post by Khalil Bodhi » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:34 am

Thanks for this Retro.
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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by imagemarie » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:20 pm

Thank-you. :anjali:

Didn't we do this this as children?

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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by Kenshou » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:11 pm

Didn't we do this this as children?
Not me, I was a whiny and annoyed creature right from the start. My poor parents, gosh.

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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by dagon » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:11 pm

i have some reservations about aspects of these articles - i should reflect more before i say too much i guess. :thinking:

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Re: Deep listening (dadirri)

Post by Spiny Norman » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:33 am

retrofuturist wrote: Simply sit and look at and listen to the earth and environment that surrounds you.
This sounds rather like contemplation of the elements?
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