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Ode to International Yoga Day

  • by 100 Good Things
  • June 21st, 2016
  • 2016, June

Selfie at Marina Barrage

The posture feels awkward, stay in the pose anyway.

The mind wanders, return to the breath anyway.

The fear of falling is crippling, let go anyway.

The heart heaves with the weight of the dark clouds hanging overhead, surrender anyway.

The soul feels beaten, practice anyway.

The same asana, the same breath.

A different intention, a different outcome.

This is why you return to the mat.

To learn, relearn and unlearn.

To allow yourself to be transformed.

Happy International Yoga Day.

Happy Father’s Day

  • by 100 Good Things
  • June 19th, 2016
  • 2016, June
Sopheak at home
“He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.” Tom Wolfe

 

One thing struck us when we visited Mr. Sopheak at home, some 20-minute tuk tuk ride from Phnom Penh city center (for those of you new to us, Mr. Sopheak is the creative, gentle soul who carves and crafts our brass bangles from disused bomb casings). He was doing the two most important things in his life and he wanted to do them well. His employment with the Cambodian co-op we choose to work with allows him the flexibility of caring for his young child.

Five days a week, he scoots off after lunch to pick up his child from school, then back to the workshop in the city. The little one amuses himself at home. Neighbors watch out for one another in a ‘hood that does not require doors to be shut.

Whenever necessary, daddy is able to work from home. His tools are organized in a small bag and his home is spartan save for a low table that is his work table. While he chips and hammers away, little son is playing nearby, comforted by the knowledge daddy is around.

The roof above the head, in a safe environment, is possible from a living wage that pays the bills in a fast modernizing city that is picking up good pace from decades of debilitating war.

Our conscious business choice path the way for equality, so a future generation of young Cambodians have access to the opportunities you and I enjoy. Your purchase of our products enable us to continue this work.

Bomb brass bangles

Speaking of work, we had a blast connecting with so many people at our last event at Kitchen by Food Rebel.

Food Rebel farmers market

We were surrounded by likeminded souls peddling everything that is green, wholesome and sustainable. We met so many people who cared about the same things. It was a very inspiring place to be. (In case you didn’t know, Kitchen by Food Rebel has Bulletproof coffee on the menu. Did you know this delicious coffee containing grass-fed butter and MCT oil is a brain food?)

Truthfully, we always have butterflies in the tummy whenever we put ourselves out there.

Can we answer all your questions? How do our products make a difference? Is it enough we care so much for the health of this planet and the people who bring us our produce and wares?

We wonder what we are doing here. All. The. Time. We are humbled by how little we know. By the seemingly insurmountable tasks that require us to learn, relearn and unlearn so many things. By the curveballs on the road.

Sticking to the known and tested is more comfortable and secure. But we set our intentions, take a deep breath and plunge in anyway.

Is it courage, faith or naivety? Probably all of the three.

We know we are at a very good place. And we are always at exactly where we need to be.

So see you at our next event?

 

New moon, new beginnings

  • by 100 Good Things
  • June 1st, 2016
  • 2016, June
Yoga Phnom Penh
“These days, my practice is teaching me to embrace imperfection: to have compassion for all the ways things haven’t turned out as I planned, in my body and in my life – for the ways things keep falling apart, and failing, and breaking down. It’s less about fixing things, and more about learning to be present for exactly what is.”
Anne Cushman

So many things have unfolded since our last e-newsletter. We did not expect the velocity – and ferocity – of the river we were traveling on. The good news is we went with the flow.

You bet it’s been a hell of a ride.

We let go of our physical store and are transiting online. We expect to open for business again next month or so. Or. So. Because despite the best planning, life happens and we get sidetracked. Doors close and open. We shift accordingly.

Life kind of fell apart and in place simultaneously. Everything clicked, as they were meant to be.

The incredible spinal twist Marichyasana C does not happen from sheer brute force. It requires one to soften considerably so shift can happen.

We actually have not been able to access the computer for over a week now. Just call it incredible tech trouble. This blog has to be done on another machine from a bygone dinosaur age.

All universe asks of us is to surrender and not resist change. We did not fancy feeling stuck and we wished the answer – and change – would come swiftly. Yet in our yoga practice, we know life’s myriad challenges require us to dig into the well of placidity within. To step back instead of bulldozing ahead. To tune into the teacher within. To trust that voice, however radical it may appear to be, despite being intimidated by the deafening noise outside. To have faith that there is a power bigger than us that is in control and has just the perfect plan for those whose hearts and minds are ready to receive.

A big heartfelt thank you for making a point to visit our Balestier Hill store. We appreciate your support for our work toward more equality.

Every single conscious purchase goes to empower the artisan, farmer, another sentient being. Ultimately everything comes around because our lives are interconnected.

Our work is far from done. See you online again, very soon, and we still want to chat in person. Please visit us this Saturday at Artisan & Farmers Market.

Kitchen by Food Rebel

 

The merchandise at 100 Good Things are sourced with care, consciousness and understanding.

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