"The Distinctive Life" presented by the Distinctive Collection

32 33 bhgrecollection.com | | THE DISTINCTIVE LIFE® Volume �� LIFE & LEISURE garden space, crafting a pergola-protected, outdoor meditation room is ideal for reaping the benefits of nature. Martha Stewart Living recommends building a space with a “defined entrance and focal point,” a water feature, “calming plants or vines,” and “a sense of enclosure and privacy.” From there, you’ll want to fill it with weather-proof accessories, including rugs or meditation pillows, to make the space comfortable for your daily sessions. If you want your studio to be inside your home, consider a sunroom or room with doors that open to a quiet outside environment. This way, you’ll still be able to enjoy the feeling of being connected to the world as you pursue your meditation goals. Even simply playing soothing nature sounds can be enough to facilitate your practice. Also, don’t hesitate to include plants in your new oasis. They automatically make a space more inviting, and some meditation experts believe that their ability to help clean toxins from the air means that plants can make breathwork easier. SOAK IN THE LIGHT The experts at MyDomaine agree that having access to nature’s gifts can beautifully support your practice and suggest that “there’s nothing like a little Vitamin D to warm up your body and relax your mind.” Sunrooms and spaces with skylights or banks of windows will help you create a meditation studio that allows light to fill the space. Said to “naturally improve your mood for an extra-calming boost,” natural light is an ideal partner for anyone seeking peace and inspiration through meditation. SET YOUR MEDITATION STUDIO’S COLOR PALETTE If you embrace Feng Shui practices in your life, you know how powerfully the energy of a room can be impacted by color. The Spruce confides that while no one color is the “best” when you set out to create a meditation studio, the magazine “[encourages] you to pay attention to what colors you’re attracted to and to listen to your intuition” as you focus on your intentions for your new space. Next, The Spruce recommends thinking about what qualities you want to cultivate and how they are associated with the five elements. Earth colors like yellow and brown are associated with stability, selfcare, and boundaries, whereas, according to the magazine, white and metallic hues are “connected to joy and precision”