Focus On What Matters


One Visual Mindfulness Practice suitable for art journaling, watercolor paper, or canvas.

Sometimes even our most generous and earnest efforts can be obscured by the very systems created to help us. To better identify barriers to authentic living, this mindfulness practice invites us to take cerebral concepts and put them in front of us visually. This creative process helps to liberate us from subtle, unseen attachments so we can focus on what matters.

Visual Mindfulness Practice

I’ve shared this practice with multiple people, many of whom typically avoid anything having to do with art and do not identify as artists. These same people tell me this mindfulness practice is very powerful and helpful. If you are interested in identifying barriers to authentic living, please give this visual practice a try.


This practice can be done using basic household supplies. If you enjoy using art materials, this is a great time to get them out and let yourself play a bit. 

  • Paper or journal
    • If you plan to use watercolors, you’ll want to have watercolor paper or an art journal. If you are not working in an art journal, you will want some masking tape to fasten the edges of your paper to a board or baking sheet.
    • If you plan to use crayons, colored pencils, or markers, you can use regular copy paper or a sketchpad.
  • A round or circular object like a saucer, small plate, or inverted bowl that you can trace around
  • Pencil
  • Watercolors, colored pencils, crayons, markers, inks, etc. (whatever you’d like to use or have on hand)
  • Writing paper
  • Waterproof pen
  • Black marker (or black pencil or crayon)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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