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Yanada, from the Girlhood Album was released by the Australian band The Preatures in August 2017.   Written with Indigenous Songwoman Jacinta Tobin, the song features words in Darug, one of the indigenous language groups of the Sydney Region, Yanada means moon.  These lyrics are rich with reconnecting with ourselves and the land we walk on, they remind me to see the beauty around me, to see things in a different way.

Isabella Manfredi sings

I open up my eyes underwater
I used to open up my eyes underwater

Of all the things that happen above us, below us, behind us and in front of us….we are still here, just right here, right now, it is nice to just be that sometimes.  

These lyrics reminded me of a moment I would like to share with you.  A simple act, picking up my 2 year old son and driving home. I turned onto a road that runs along a ridge, on one side the lake, river and ocean, and on the other, the sun starting to drop in the sky over green endless hills.  

I was so taken with the natural beauty in front of me, sun heavy and golden touching all that it reached, spreading its light far and wide, even to warm my skin inside the car.  The clear sky was bluest of blue against the green of the rolling hills, a wind gently sweeping the long grass back and forward.

As I turned to say look out the window to my son, I saw that he already was.  He was still and savouring, enjoying the beauty, the light and the magic of the moment.  I knew much then, I knew that he would be ok, as long as he could see beauty in the world and recognise it as that, he would be ok.  As usual, he taught me, he taught me that I could see beauty too, and that I needed to keep doing that. It's no surprise that I shed a few tears then, overwhelmed and content for a moment, in that car with my son, on that road home, warm and quiet, sharing our moment in the sun.   

I know that he opens up his eyes underwater, and I’m not going to tell him to stop.  

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About the Curator: Erin Murray

Erin, a Mother of 1 little man and wife to 1 big man has learnt much about herself in the past few years.   After moving from the city to the bush (near the Ocean), there weren’t as many distractions as she had become accustomed to, in a smaller community she lost her anonymity and slowly began to become aware of herself, her feelings, the life she had created for herself and her relationships with others.  Seeking change from the feelings and behaviours which had become her normal, she sought out methods to do just that.  Slowly at first, then a bit more and a bit more she is becoming aware of what she actually wants for herself and has begun removing the things that aren’t that, inside and out.  Learning about faith (not religion:-)), fun and how to be gentle with herself and others along the way.