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Call it a cliché, but we left a part of our hearts in Indonesia. Away from the tread-wheel of the city, it’s in this corner of the world that one can reconnect with simplicity, authenticity, tradition, nature and perspective. One of our favourite extracts about SE Asia comes from the Author and Philosopher David Abram:

“Late one evening I stepped out of my little hut in the rice paddies of eastern Bali and found myself falling through space. Over my head the black sky was rippling with stars, densely clustered in some regions, almost blocking out the darkness between them, and loosely scattered in other areas, pulsing and beckoning to each other… But the milky way churned beneath me as well, for my hut was set in the middle of a large patchwork of rice paddies, separated from each other by narrow, two-foot-high dikes, and these paddies were all filled with water… By night the stars themselves glimmered from the surface of the paddies, and the river of light whirled through the darkness underfoot as well as above; there seemed no ground in front of my feet, only the abyss of star-studded space falling away forever.”

Yūgenial is an adaptation of the Japanese word ‘Yūgen’: a sensation of the mystery of the universe. In a time when light pollution is so dense that it is no longer a daily occurrence for most of us to experience falling through the cosmos, ‘Yūgenial’ has connotations of both the expansive and introspective, the essence of being and the merger of modern scientific progress with the ancient wisdom of a long forgotten past.

Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in ancient China as early as 6000BC and Hemp is often referenced in folklore for its healing and agricultural properties. There are also many mysteries about the Ancient Egyptians and their seemingly advanced way of life, their medicinal use of Hemp is one of them. The Ebers Papyrus indicates that the Ancient Egyptians had uncovered and used the properties of the plant extensively.

In Sanskrit, Hemp is known as Ganja and some scholars suggest the ancient drug Soma, mentioned in the Vedas, was Cannabis. It is believed that Cannabis leaves and flowers have profound ritual and ceremonial use throughout ancient history. Today we come full circle as we begin to re-investigate some of the wonders of this plant ourselves.

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