Simplicity of Life

  
  

Life around here is frugal, basic, and simple: no shopping malls, no fashion boutiques, no cinema, no fitness studios, no luxury, no restaurants, no fast food, no newspapers, and no distraction.
There are no insurances, no assurances and no bank accounts.

Electricity, heating and fluent water are not there for granted and often it is a life “back to the roots” with candles, water from the spring and blankets against the cold.

  
  
  
  

People here would be mostly considered as being poor.
Living is harsh and rough just as the nature around. The rhythm of life goes along with weather and seasons and the days are scheduled by the five prayer times.
Clocks tick otherwise in this part of the world…

  
  

Life and its circumstances are imperfect, just as natural as human beings.
There is no hurry, no rush; there is always time for a glass of tea or chatter in the sunlight. There is always a real relation to nature, to the self and to existential things.
There is no anonymity and being part of the community sometimes is a lifesaver.
It is a living that totally submits under Allah’s will.
It is a living that teaches modesty and contentment with the little things.
It is a living that teaches gratitude with every breath. Subhanallah!

  
 

17 thoughts on “Simplicity of Life

  1. As salam alaikum sister Itto, love your post and the photos that depicts the life over there. In my humble opinion, sometimes being poor is such a blessing. I look forward to visiting you, God Willing.

  2. you’ve described prfectly the reasons why I wanted to come to live in Algeria and why I love being here…sometimes the hardships and the simplistic lifestyle you are forced to live due to lack of ammenities offers you a clearer way of looking at life….
    xxx

  3. salam aleikoum Itto,
    you know well how much I would like to live where you live…
    but people who live there would sometimes like to have “material things” as beautiful houses with giants TV, cars, motorbike…and more essential hospital… you know what I mean!
    We as europeans would be glad to live this poor material life but rich with human values that we have lost because of our too fast life rythm….
    laun rrbi
    nora

  4. Je suis tout à fait d’acord avec Nora et c’est l’une des raison pour lesquelles ont se sent si bien dans la vallée. L’atmosphère si paisible qui y règne est ressourçante.

    Bien sur c’est facile à dire lorsque l’on y vient en “touriste” et qu’une fois de retour chez soi on y retrouve tout le confort moderne.

    Mais est ce que ce confort nous rend plus heureux? non je ne crois pas, bien au contraire.
    Est ce qu’il nous donne un plus beau sourire que toutes les personnes croisées dans la vallée ou au Maroc en général? je ne crois pas non plus.

    J’ai la grande chance de vivre dans un village de montagne, et les relations entre les gens restent agréables, il n’y a pas l’anonimat qui règne en ville.
    Par contre c’est toujours la course après le temps… pourquoi? dans quel but? on ne le sait pas, mais on court…

    J’ai fait le choix d’avoir un magasin, mais j’ai des horaires inhabituels et souvent “à la carte” pour pouvoir privilégier du temps pour la famille, ce qui surprend toujours les clientes qui ne me connaissent pas. Mais c’est mon choix, privilégier la famille avant le travaille, autant que possible.

    Le problème de l’être humain c’est qu’il croit souvent qu’il fait meilleur ailleurs, qu’il n’arrive pas à apprécier sa vie à sa juste valeure…

    Merci Itto pour ces belles photos.
    En espèrant te revoir très bientôt

  5. Ah, just reading this makes me breath a little easier. I love the berber people, their families and their lifestyle. Thanks once again for sharing what’s it’s like to be among them.

  6. Merci Itto pour ce joli rappel…Cette vie toute simple est pleine de richesse, richesse de l’âme et du coeur… Je sais aussi que tout est paradoxe, le monde est divisé en deux et l’herbe n’est pas plus verte l’autre côté….Je crois personnellement qu’il faut trouver un compromis entre simplicité et confort…C’est mon combat de tous les jours, se débarrasser du futile pour aller à l’essentiel…Enrichir son âme et consommer le moins possible,
    incha’Allah…

    xxx

    Sonia

  7. Liebe Itto,
    obwohl ich auch einfach lebe – z.B. mit Holzheizung, ohne Anschluss ans Abwassersystem – beneide ich dich fast ein wenig dafür, dass du eine so naturnahe Lebensweise pflegen kannst. Ich weiss wohl, dass dies nicht immer einfach ist (ich habe etwa zehn Jahre auf einer Alp ohne Zufahrtsstrasse gelebt) – aber man ist so nahe dran an den Dingen, auf die es wirklich ankommt. Das ist in hochindustrialisierten Ländern kaum mehr möglich; das grosse Warenangebot zwingt fast zum Konsumieren, der hohe Komfort macht die Menschen faul (dafür rennen sie dann ins Fitness-Studio).
    Ich hatte irgendwie die leise Hoffnung, dass die Wirtschaftskrise ein Umdenken bringen und so eine grosse Chance für die Menschheit würde, aber dem ist leider nicht so. Da freut es mich umso mehr, deine Posts zu lesen, die Bilder zu betrachten, die von deinem Leben erzählen! Ich danke dir, dass du mich/uns auf diesem Weg Anteil haben lässt!
    Herzliche Grüsse,
    Katarina

  8. Salam Itto,

    This is indeed a captivating post, with beautiful full of life scenery, I am surrounded by nature here in America, but bombarded more by the material world. This post brought me back to center. Thank you for the reminder and for sharing your self that way.
    Peace.

  9. As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Subhana Allah the heart yearns for this simple lifestyle.

    I know a lot of Sisters who yearn for this type of life, as it is closer to the sunnah.

    Ya Rabb

  10. Asalaamu alaikum
    I was reading through your blog since late last night when I found it lol. MashaAllah, I would move my family out with you in a second if given the chance, I was in Yemen with my husband for 6 months and I didnt want to come back to canada. We were going to move there after I had our daughter but she has soo many health issues alhamdulillah (Allah shafiea) that we cant go just yet. InshaAllah soon, ya rabb! Anyway, I love your blog, it increases my eeman so keep posting pls lol.. jazakAllah khair

  11. Asalaamu alaikum
    I was reading through your blog since late last night when I found it lol. MashaAllah, I would move my family out with you in a second if given the chance, I was in Yemen with my husband for 6 months and I didnt want to come back to canada. We were going to move there after I had our daughter but she has soo many health issues alhamdulillah (Allah shafiea) that we cant go just yet. InshaAllah soon, ya rabb! Anyway, I love your blog, it increases my eeman so keep posting pls lol.. jazakAllah khair

  12. Salam aleykum

    J’admire églament votre style de vie, mashallah. Cette simplicité, ce contact avec la nature, élever tes enfants en paix. Je suis moi même convertie, belge, mariée à un marocain, j’aspire moi aussi à un certain retour à l’essentiel, à adorer mon seigneur en vivant simplement…

    Je n’ai pas encore lu tous tes posts et je me demandais comment es-tu arrivée là? Comment as tu pris cette décision de t’isoler, de changer completement de vie? De l’Allemagne au Maroc… de l’allemande à la musulmane… alhamdulilah que Dieu te récompense pour tes efforts.
    Un futur post sur le sujet? inchallah…

    أحبك في الله

    wa salama

  13. So beautiful pictures to describe a rich life from inside – It reminds me of my Moroccan trip. A trip that has changed my life.

    I found this simple way of living so close to the essential – I was attracted to it. The feeling to live fully each minute, in communion with nature and the Beauties God gave us, far away from what oppress us, too much material things and the importance of appearance.

    It’s true your blog is a real inspiration and it reminds me I am not a fool to wish to live the same way, as many would consider.

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