I’ve been weaving a series of coiled basket creations mounted on driftwood, which I call “Bird Nests”.
Recently someone purchased this one and sent me this beautiful story.
Nests evoke all kinds of emotions and bring forth thoughts of birthing, creating, preparing, anticipating and incubating. This Christmas I am gifting one of your nests to a very good friend who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer.
When I first saw your creation I thought of all within her that is being nourished and cared for and lovingly healed, in anticipating of the creation of health and a life filled with grandchildren, friends and family. The nest holds so many possibilities. It is the vessel for life used by feathered beings who fly free, seemingly effortlessly. It is safety, a sanctuary, a haven for life.
The nest is a place of living into hope. At Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of hope, peace, joy and love in the form of Jesus, we are reminded that God breaks into our world in tiny, fragile ways. Indeed we are the inhabitants of God’s nest of creation.
Thank you Susan, for sharing.
Winter Feast is an interfaith initiative designed to foster meditation and contemplative practice. It’s a 40-day Worldwide Spiritual Practice Period. I will be following the Christian meditations led by Carl McColman. Choices also include 4 minute guided meditations for children and 15 minute sessions for older children and teens.
What this means is that each day, starting January 15, for forty days I will listen to a 40-minute meditation — but thirty of those minutes will be silent. Each day Carl McColman will lead a brief induction to contemplation using a process based on lectio divina (sacred reading). He’ll begin by sharing a verse or short passage from scripture, followed by a brief reflection on the passage, then time for silence in which you may respond to the passage through prayer and contemplation. Then the recording will end with a brief prayer like the Lord’s Prayer, and finally an invitation to perform an act of kindness during the day, as a way of anchoring the spiritual intention of the practice.
Winter Feast is based on a lovely haiku-like poem by Rumi:
What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness