Using guile, impulse, what they find and can carry, birds create homes suited perfectly to their needs. Their nests fulfill their intended purpose gracefully – usually with minimal extraneous accoutrement. (Notable exception: the Australian Bower bird! Man, that’s a guy, yeah it’s the guys, who’s deep into conceptual architecture. Architecture as performance piece, really Crazy! They’re the exceptions though. Okay, carry on…)
As a symbol, most nests represent home in its purest sense:
Some common human ‘nests’:
- automobile interiors
- individual rooms
- computer contents
- medicine chests
Think about nests you have seen and consider these elements:
Make a representation of a nest to remind you of the basic requirements you value in your own space(s).
wire, string, yarn, beads, sticks, found objects, bits of paper with reminders and messages on them, ribbon, charms, etc.
- With the wire make a form that is pleasing to you (try wrapping loosely around a small bowl if you want a typical nest shape).
- Then attach slips of paper with personal values written on them.
- Add decorations until it’s pleasing to you. Note: these are strictly optional! After all, we’re going for a paired down version of a symbol that highlights the fundamentals for you.
- Are there changes you can make to some of your current personal ‘nests’?
- Can you identify other ‘nests’ in your life?
- Are there tendencies of ‘nests’ that help you feel more relaxed?
- Are there qualities among your current ‘nests’ that make you uneasy?