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Mindful Observation | Drop-In Experience

Inspired by the use of everyday objects in the exhibition Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves, this walking meditation is designed to help you and a friend see how art can exist everywhere.

Observe Your Surroundings 

Stand in place or take a seat. Focus on your breath as you take one deep inhale through your nostrils. Exhale a sigh through an open mouth.

Begin to closely observe what is happening around right now. Turn your head or body to your left then right. Look up then down to take in everything around you.

Focus your eyes on what is in front of you, what do you notice? Texture? Color? Content?

How does the space or the object in front of you appear different now compared to when you first observed it?

Close your eyes. Do you recognize the sounds you hear when your eyes are closed?

Observe Yourself 

Find a new place to stand or sit. Focus on your breath as you take three deep, slow inhales through your nostrils. Exhale your final breath through a wide open mouth.

What do you notice about your thoughts while looking at what is in front of you?

What emotions do you feel while standing/sitting in space?

What else stands out to you while you are standing/sitting in this space?

Repeat any part of this mindfulness exercise, or repeat in a different order.



  1. conscious or aware of something 2. focusing one’s awareness on the present moment

About Virtual Drop-In Experiences

CAMH’s Drop-In Experiences feature instructions for pop-up activities you can do in-person or at home. Each hands-on activity provides creative opportunities to experience current exhibitions from a distance in a unique and meaningful way.

Drop-In Experiences are available in-person between 1–4PM every Saturday and released on our website at 1PM every Saturday. All ages, always free. 

In-person activities are low and no contact and designed with the safety of our visitors, staff, and community in mind. Visit our Museum From Home page for more hands-on activities you can enjoy anytime!