by Amira Yunos
In this edition, we offer you a whiff of happiness. The world we live in can often be disheartening. We often fall back to the reality we are all too familiar with; the monotonous 9 to 5 work and overtimes, the repetitive ploughing and we often lose sight of the things that matter most. Bhutan offers a different reality for many of us. The Himalayan kingdom cloistered in the clouds takes our breath away. We can only wish to visit it sooner or longer. But enough with the longing! We are a firm believer that happiness cannot be purchased but you can make a change to your health and overall well-being. Be a step closer to your happiness. We are rooting for you.
*Note: You may purchase the products listed below in Singapore (here) but rest assured, these are authentic Bhutan products. We only package what is cultivated by Bhutanese farmers.
In the famous words of Tom and Donna from Parks and Recreations, “Treat Yo self”. Let me tell you, it’s a wonderful philosophy. You would want to savor the Bhutan experience all over again so treat yourself with Bhutan’s famous peach wine. Interestingly, peaches symbolize longevity in Buddhist culture. Get rid of your “longing for Bhutan” woes and unwine with a taste of this delicious, exquisite wine. Treat. Yo self.
Science suggests there is a correlation between happiness and nature. Maybe your resolution this year was to explore nature, but the annoying pests and the potential itchy bug bites are stopping you since using harmful insect repellants are detrimental anyway, so you just avoid it all together. Don’t deprive yourself of “nature’s call”! Relieve yourself with a spray of lemongrass that keeps bugs away when you explore the wilderness.
Perhaps you are looking for a dietary change in your pursuit of happiness. Choosing red rice as your staple is a healthy alternative to white rice- which is shockingly attributed to the prevalent rise of diabetes in Singapore. Keep your tummy and heart full with a bit of Bhutanese cuisine on your plate.
As the saying goes, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Once in awhile, celebrate the little victories. Life ain’t easy, so be sure to give a toast to all the blessings in our lives. These are the moments worth fighting for so be sure to have a bottle of Bhutanese whiskey specially reserved for such occasions.
Now honey, listen. Happiness is a lifelong commitment, and the road may be long and arduous. But fret not because in the words of Guru Rinpoche, “Seek, therefore, thine own Wisdom within thee. It is the Vast Deep.” As you meditate, take a sip of your tea infused with Bhutanese honey. We’ll end off with the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: “You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea. Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup. Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy. If you are ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone. Life is like that. If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone. You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life. It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go. The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it. Worrying is worthless. When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment. Then you will begin to experience joy in life.”
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