Setting up for 2016

Phulay Bay

One moment we were bathed in light while ringing in the New Year with a Kundalini meditation practice, another week we are rolling in Chinese New Year festivities.

We have to confess we are still in a de-cluttering mode. We want to make space for change and growth. Space allows abundance to roll into our lives.

Karen Kingston’s article on clutter clearing is one article we always re-read, only because we are human and want a constant nudge and reminder.

Our intentions, or sankalpas, are powerful tools that set the tone for the life we want to live. Forget about setting 50 resolutions. How about setting a theme for the year ahead? Align. Balance. Connect. Let go. Present. Quiet. Simplify. Contemplate on a theme and center your life around this one word.

We find it helpful to set aside a quiet moment in the morning to meditate on our intentions for the day ahead.

For those who don’t practice meditation, there are practical tools on how you can manifest your ideal life.

While we are realizing our dream life, we don’t want to forget our inner world too. Think about setting goals that are less to do with ab-strength and more with mind-strength.

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you probably are aware yoga is integral to what we do. It has provided us with tools for equanimity we seek all our lives. Yoga and nature provide the answers to everything we need to know about life, and how to best live one.

Ashtanga yoga teacher Sharmila Desai could not have said it more eloquently, “As we observe our own cycles and those in nature through the practice, we come to understand that our bodies are influenced by the earth, the moon, and the sun…,” Everything is so interconnected and interdependent “I” should stand for “inter-being.”

Have you noticed how our emotional and physical bodies feel near or on moon days? Have you noticed how energetically different are greens grown in earth versus those grown hydroponically?

Kampot green pepper

Agricultural practices actually lend a great perspective on our interconnectedness. Who would be more in tune with the cycles and changes of the seasons than farmers who toil on the fields?

Kampot pepper harvest season is under way. The farmers who painstakingly hand-harvest these peppercorns are well aware what makes Kampot pepper so special and well-loved among gourmands and decorated chefs.

Never mind it being a designer peppercorn. Kampot pepper is as much about the agriculture-perfect spot between the mountains and the sea as it is about responsible practices that are far-sighted and sustainable.

Slow agriculture, minus artificially introduced growth what-nots, is a respect to the ways of the universe. When we embrace conscious living, we allow the rhythm of nature to ebb and flow organically.

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

Our Kampot pepper products, along with our raw forest honey, are available at Swiss Butchery on Tanglin Road and Ryan’s Grocery in Binjai Park.

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