"The hand has been used as a symbol of protection since ancient times. It is seen all over the world in the form of a hamsa, Hand of Fatimah, Hand of Venus, and Hand of Mary. Traditionally it protects from “the evil eye” or bad energies." - Rachael Rice.
I didn't want to use the traditional 'hand' for this exercise but instead traced around my own hand adding symbols and doodles important to me. I found this process quite therapeutic - it took time but it took me out of myself and into a quiet contemplative space for a while.