Dreaming and Planning Summer and Life

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7 weeks summer vacation, 7 weeks off-school, 7 weeks of opportunities and the chance of making the most of this precious time that comes only once a year, subhanallah.

And now, as so many times before, when put into such a situation of “break”, I ask myself many questions about how to spend the time wisely. I wish to make the best out of it, to benefit as much as possible of this pause.

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I would like to relax; I would like to work on personal projects, stuff and things around the house; I wish to spend time with the children, my husband, family and good friends; maybe travelling a bit, but not too much;  and I’d love to be alone to refill and to refresh my personal batteries and to gain distance, quiet of mind and new inspiration.

And as many times before, also now, it helps me a lot to follow some simple rules on dreaming and planning the near future. This process gives me new energy and fills me with joy and hope. This creative act can even be done with children. It is perfect start into a new phase.

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I thought I’ll share the list of “how to become the designer of your own life” here, I thought it could be inspiring for others. It can be used for all and works in every area of life, bismillah:

1. Know and decide what you want.
2. Dream big.
And allow nobody to steal or to destroy your dreams. Follow your heart. You cannot lose, you can only win.
3. Believe!
Believe in God, in yourself and your capacity, in the good and the possible of everything, even of the “impossible”, with positivity and conviction. Get rid of all your fears.
4. Share the dreams and goals with those you trust and like. Build a dream-team.
5. Visualize your goals and dreams as real as possible (for example with a treasure map of pictures) and encourage yourself with positive affirmations and optimistic thinking.
6. Act and get active, behave as if your dreams did already come true.
Concentrate on doing what you like to do and what you know well. Don’t rest. Declutter your life and work towards your dreams. Don’t see yourself as a victim. Be the change.
7. Hold on, no matter what. Never give up.
Stay courageous. See problems and defeat only as temporary challenges and chances to succeed. Take feedback as a guide to reorientate your plans, never losing sight of your main goals.
8. Be thankful and celebrate.
Pay thankfulness and appreciation to God, the others around and towards yourself.
9. Give back.
All that you give does not make you poorer, in fact it makes you richer manifold.

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Why I love Ramadan so much

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It’s the last week of Ramadan, only about six days left. The moon is fading and time gets more precious now, especially during nights. These are the blessed nights, the nights which are the most important, to be spent in prayer and worship.
I love these nights, I love Ramadan, subhanallah.

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There are very many reasons why so.
I know, for non-Muslims it is sometimes hard to believe how someone could ever like to abstain from food and drink the whole day and find it even fulfilling…
But Ramadan is really not about being hungry or waiting for the evening dinner, it is about so many beautiful things:
The beauty lies in the purification of ourselves.
The beauty lies in the sensitivity and pureness one establishes while fasting.
The beauty lies in the knowledge of being free of lusts and addictions.
The beauty lies in the sureness of being able to control ourselves.
The beauty lies in those nights spent in submission, when Allah responds to our invocation.
The beauty lies in the quietness of those days which are full of white clear light.
The beauty lies in the countless blessings and “miracles” that happen during this month.
The beauty lies in the shift of focus towards higher goals and in the remembrance of the hereafter.
The beauty lies in sharing and experiencing this together with so many others, for the sake of Allah …
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“Be mindful of Allah and you shall find Him with you. When you ask (for anything), ask it from Allah , and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.” [At-Tirmidhi]

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“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light.” [Qur’an 2:257]

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“And Allah is the best Guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” [Qur’an 12:64]

Ramadan and busyness

salam aleikoum oua rahmatullahi,
we are in the midst of Ramadan and the days and nights pass so quickly that I have trouble to count, mashaallah.
with working, fasting and praying, the hours just run away … but in a beautiful way, subhanallah.
I feel blessed and I really enjoy this new rhythm and the balance beween worship and work.
we still have a little more than a week of school and my priorities lie elsewhere these days, so that’s why it is quiet here, but busy there: ecolevivante.wordpress.com
I hope you have as well a wonderful Ramadan and a beautiful beginning of summer.
wishing you a blessed time and peace, light and love to you all!
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Indeed, Allah is the cleaver of grain and date seeds. He brings the living out of the dead and brings the dead out of the living. That is Allah ; so how are you deluded?

[He is] the cleaver of daybreak and has made the night for rest and the sun and moon for calculation. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.

And it is He who placed for you the stars that you may be guided by them through the darknesses of the land and sea. We have detailed the signs for a people who know.

And it is He who produced you from one soul and [gave you] a place of dwelling and of storage. We have detailed the signs for a people who understand.

And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.
Quran 06:95-99

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Preparing for Ramadan

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I am getting mentally ready for a Ramadan that will take place during working days this year.
Most of the holy month will be during school time, right before the beginning of the big summer holidays.
It is a big challenge to balance fasting and working, especially during this hot and busy period of the year.
So it needs a good preparing, scheduling and focussing on what really matters.
I think it’s important to remind ourselves of what Abu Productive states:

Ramadan forces you to go beyond your daily “comfort” zone of worship and spirituality to achieve inner mastery. Instead of five fard daily prayers, we also have the sunnah prayers, taraweeh, witr & qiyam. Instead of reciting just a few pages if Qur’an a day, it’s at least 20 pages in order to finish the Qur’an during the month. Instead of just a few dollars of charity per week, you’re pushed to give the most you can give in time and money. Ramadan then transforms you to be the best you can be spiritually and test your potential. This “in-built spiritual transformation training ground” helps us gain inner mastery and increased taqwa (God-consciousness), In sha Allah. And this, is the ultimate goal we seek during Ramadan, for Allah SWT has said:

“O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you become more conscious of God.” [Quran: Chapter 2, Verse 183]

 

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