I care about my connection to country. I feel pulled by some country, taken in, protected, safe, at home. Other times I get stiff and know that I shouldn’t be in a place. Other times I think everything is ok, but I’m really not listening to a deeper feeling. So is my connection visible? How do I validate, affirm my connections? Learning about Indigenous perspectives on relationship with country and everything in the universe (e.g. Yolŋu gurruṯu) sometimes leaves me with a sense that I haven’t got the language, the structures, the metaphors to share stories about my connections.
There must be bridges though from the teachings that Indigenous people have shared with me on their country, that have crossed into my way of knowing. Bridges that, if they could talk, might speak about nourishment ‘in a deeper way’ (M).