Life is beautiful. Everything is well in my world.

This post I write in memory of Louise L. Hay who died yesterday at the age of 90.
I count her as one of the most important teachers in my life.

Although her teachings are not all convenient with my Muslim faith (I exclude these parts or replace for example words like “the universe” with “Allah”) and also not all her teachings were really new (sometimes a repetition of what other great people, even Muslim thinkers, already pronounced before her) she had a unique beautiful way to put things into words, very easy to understand and easy to apply.
She found the right words to explain things and to touch my inner system.

I really would suggest all of her books, calendars, etc.
When I was in a very difficult time of inner growth and development, about seven years ago, it was mainly through her writings (beside the Qur’an) God guided me to healing, hope and acceptance, alhamdulillah.

And until today, her books and affirmations accompany me through my every day.
I am very, very thankful to have been able to learn, through her inspiration, about:

 

The power of thoughts.

The healing and creative effects of positive thinking.

That life is a mirror of my inner beliefs.

That I always have the freedom to choose my own perception and thoughts.

That I first have to love myself before I am able to give love to others.

How to love and accept, myself and others.

To be good to myself.

How to treat myself well and how to accept the best for myself.

How to nourish my inner child, to forgive and release the past.

To cherish my God-given talents and gifts.

To use my God-given power to create everything possible.

To feel love, safety and trust instead of fear and doubt.

To feel courageous and competent.

Accepting.

To trust in divine destiny and that everything is and gets well.

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Summer Reading

August – time of vacation, of nothingness, of days spent without timetables and social obligations…
time to read without real purpose, just to the pure pleasure of it.

Some old summer-classics, beautiful Muslim fiction and a new field guide:

Anne Morrow Lindbergh “Gift from the Sea”
Naima B. Robert “She wore red trainers”
Rosamunde Pilcher “The Shell seekers”
Katie Daisy “How to be a Wildflower”

Happy summer days to you!

 

My Marrakech Favorites

 

Some of you asked me for special tips and my favorite places for food and shopping in Marrakech.
I am happy to share with you those places, but I have to say, that I am Moroccan now, which means that I eat Couscous and Tagine every week and I can buy Djellabahs, Kaftans, Babouches and all the other lovely typical crafts whenever I want; so when I go to the big city, I do much less look for the typical Moroccan places, but more for places where I can find the taste and the style of Europe and the world….

Also I have to admit that going to Marrakech always means something like “consumer noise” – twice a year I simply enjoy then a little shopping-intoxication…
and I have four children now, alhamdulillah, and going to the city is always a bit tricky – so when we all go together, we sometimes even visit places like McDonalds’s because the taste is always and reliably the same and reminds me of my teenage-years, the toilets are clean and they have the most beautiful playgrounds in the country…
Here you go with a mixture of favorite places that actually come to my mind (I am sure I forgot some…):

Typical Moroccan Shopping

The souks of the medina, in the old town of Marrakech – a labyrinth of little shops and handcrafts-ateliers

Centre Artisanal, Avenue Mohammed V, after the Koutoubia mosque towards Guéliz

Cafés, food, snacks, restaurants and nice places

Amal Center, Guéliz,  Rue Ibn Sina, women-empowerment-project that offers great food

Pinocchio Gelato Ice Cream, Sidi Abbad

Le Vôtre, patisserie (best cream tarts)

Les maîtres du pain (whole wheat bread and others international bakery products)

Ayaso concept store for eco and organic things, Bvd Zerktouni, Guéliz

Café des épices, Rahba Kedima place, souks in the médina

Le Jardin Secret, medina, rue Mouassine, souks in the médina

The terrace of the C.T.M.-hotel, Djemma el Fna, a quiet simple place, but good to have a tea/coffee and to gain an overall-view of the big crowded square

Dar Bellarj, medina, behind Medersa Ben Youssuf, quiet museum and cultural place

Café du livre, rue Tariq Ben Ziad, Guéliz

Marrakech has a huge offer of very chic and stylish places to eat and drink, but they are also very expensive, so we often eat in the small and not so stylish restaurants in the outside quarters of the city where the locals eat. There you find good tagine, barbecues, chawarma (kebab), beautiful fresh fruit juices and else

Huge shopping places

AlMazar Shopping Mall, 7km route d’Ourika (including the best bookstore in Marrakech: the Virgin Megastore)

Menara Mall, Boulevard Mohammed VI, luxurious shopping mall with some good stores and a nice huge terrace with an overview towards the Koutoubia mosque, many snack bars on the roof (for ex.”Bagels and Donuts”)

Carré Eden Shopping Mall, Guéliz, Avenue Mohammed V, many european stores like H&M, Starbucks, …

Marjane, Decathlon, Mc Do, Pizza Hut, Kitea, Toys Shop,… and many other tall brand shops, end of Allal Fassi/route de Casa

Carrefour, route de Targa, not too big supermarket with a good selection

Places to relax and enjoy some peace and greenery

Riad Sirocco, 15km route de Targa/Souihla , great for hot days out of the city, only 10,- Euros for access to the nice swimming pool including a lunch and drink – great with children to spend a day when it’s too hot

Anima Garden, 28km route d’Ourika, a quiet paradise and a garden of art and beauty with beautiful café

Jardin Majorelle, the well-known garden with the typical clear-blue-details

Terres d’Amanar, 37km route de Asni/Tahannaoute, climbing and adventure parc for much outdoor fun, especially with children

Wishing you a happy time in the red city! 

Dancing with life

image © Alyssa Wilcox Photography 2017 

 

“I would suggest that if you spend less time running away from problems and trying to rid yourself of them – and more time accepting problems as an inevitable, natural, even important part of life – you will soon discover that life can be more of a dance and less of a battle.”

Richard Carlson 

 

Ramadan – with all senses

some natural-, food- and spiritual- inspiration  wishing you all wonderful and blessed last nights of this holy month!

http://tinykitchenvegan.tumblr.com

http://pinchofyum.com 

http://www.theroastedroot.net 

http://www.greenkitchenstories.com 

https://naturallyella.com

http://www.ohladycakes.com 

http://www.sugarfreemom.com 

   

Those who spend their wealth [in Allah ‘s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2:274) 

 

Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (2:286) 

Ramadan moubarak said 2017/1438!

salaam aleikoum oua rahmatullahi oua barakatuh,

wishing you a great, beautiful, spiritual and productive month!

may it be full of blessing and wonder, love, peace and light,

… maybe thanks to these great ideas from the Productive Muslim-Team

… and some Ramadan Every-Day-Good-Deed-Reminders from Huda.tv:

1. Fajr Prayer with Morning Dhikr (Remembrance)

2. Duha Sitting – From Fajr Till Sunrise (Reading Quran, Zikr, Dua …etc)

3. Duha Prayer (At Least 2 rakahs)

4. Read At Least One Part Everyday + Memorize and Reflect On The Verses Of The Quran

5. Praying Much On The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him)

6. Charity (Sadaqah). Even if it’s a very small amount

7. Seeking Knowledge (Reading/Listening)

8. Calling To The Way Of Allah (Dawah – Enjoining Good / Forbidding Evil)

9. Upholding Family Ties

10. Reviving A Lost Sunnah (Ex. Using a Siwak Before Each Prayer)

11. Holding Your Tongue & Lowering Your Gaze From Haram (No Arguing, No Backbiting, Watching Movies, TV Shows, Music …etc)

12. Being Good To Parents (Putting A Smile On Their Faces, Helping Out…)

13. Evening Dhikr (Remembrance)

14. Dua (Supplicate For Parents, Muslims Suffering, Family, Yourself…)

15. Breaking Someone’s Fasting (With Date, Water…etc.) or Feeding The Poor

16. Obligatory Prayers (On Earliest Time)

17. Recommended Dhikr After Each Prayer

18. 12 Sunnah Prayers (2 Before Fajr, 4 Before Dhur 2 After, 2 After Maghrib, 2 After Isha)

19. Dhikr Before Bedtime With Wudu

20. Taraweeh Prayer

21. Tahajjud Prayer

22. Seeking Forgiveness Before Fajr (Istighfar)

23. Constant Dhikr Throughout The Day