Past midnight break

Hey folks, it’s past 3 am in the morning and again, I think that this time is the time of all things beautiful and creative.My mind is never as active as in this early morning hours, too bad our daily routines throughout the year sometimes makes me miss all what comes to life at night. But it’s summer now, so I can catch up with my late night thoughts, moods, ideas…

Here’s a quick music break, the album Pinkerton of Weezer that was released in the year I was born, 1996. Yes i know, I’m a baby, such a blessed baby. A baby who’s turning 19 in less than a month, the 13th of September to be exact, and I can’t be more excited. I’m happy about what I accomplished so far, how I’m growing up each and single day, I’m satisfied with the little but fulfilling things I have in life. I know what I want to do next, I have plans and goals, I’m working harder than ever to achieve them, I’m wiser than I was yesterday and I’m still trying the best I can. It’s not always easy, I’m not always smiling, I get mad many times, I get angry and sad, I feel pain, I fail horribly at things other people have access to easily –without even trying, I lose my motivation sometimes, lazy procrastinator is my middle name, I’m very selfish… But what can I do? It’s a part of the process! The fact that I figured my life purpose this early and embracing step by step my true nature -the spiritual nature of all beings, means that I will work towards changing and transacting these flaws in me, these mistakes, these wrongs and seasonal stupidity into strength that will help me serve my inner quest. I am here to grow, and everyone, everything helps me accomplish this evolution. I would love to thank everyone for this. I thanked the people around me, God, the universe… a lot lately (nearly not as much as I should that’s for sure), but I think I’m forgetting one essential person: myself! Thanks for trying, I am proud of you and all the efforts you gave today (and all the days before), even if they didn’t necessarily pay, they were enough because you gave all you possibly could. So don’t worry about what you could’ve done or what other reality you would have created by chosing a different path or saying one different word. You did exactly what is meant to be. The day is over now, you can chill and relax for a while; you have the rest of your life in front of you to live, to succeed, to love, to laugh, to win, to achieve, to finalize what you started, to reach, to strive, to heal your wounds, to grow, to make decisions, to be yourself ! Today, you will empty your bucket of worries and drink from the flask of satisfaction. And you will allow your soul to float, to be so light it will travel across the universe and above… and you will bless the world as it blesses you.

With love and tenderness,

FZ.

Top 7 art galleries in Marrakech

Hey folks, the most popular articles on my blog are the ones i write for you travellers and explorers out there (Top 10 things to do in Essaouira and Marrakech as an example), so today, i have a new post to share with you guys. When you hear Arts and Marrakech in one sentence, the first thing people think about is craftsman, traditionnal forms of arts such as zellij, pottery, brodery, and all what’s sold and made in the old Medina. Rarely do people realize that Marrakech is one of the emerging cities in Africa when it comes to contemporary arts and culture. The red city’s cultural and artistic life is slowely, but surely expanding, evolving, transforming and blooming into something rich, diverse and extremely young and refreshing.

So today, i’m dedicating this article to talk about some of my personnal (and probably people’s favourites as well) top 7 art galleries in Marrakech, here it goes.

MMP+, Marrakech

MMP+, Marrakech

MMP+, Marrakech

MMP+, Marrakech

1) MMP+

 I highly recommend the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts  place because it has a vibe that i rarely find in common galleries, a real desire to share, build and express a passion. The pieces exposed or owned by the MMP+ are all extremely rare and unique and each time i visit the place for a new exposition, it’s like i’m discovering the museum all over again. The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts is not just a regular art gallery or museum, it’s a world on its own, a refreshing, exciting and constantly changing world. Make sure to pay this gem a visit after a stroll in the Medina, i can assure you you’ll never regret it !

Voice Gallery, Marrakech

Voice Gallery, Marrakech

Voice Gallery, Marrakech

Voice Gallery, Marrakech

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The Sunshine Blogger Awards

sunshine-blogger-award-300x300Hey folks, I hope you guys are doing well. I recently have been nominated for the Sunshine blogger award by the lovely Natasha, and I can’t be happier. I never heard of this award, but it’s a great initiative that aims towards encouraging bloggers who are trying to inspire people out there, and at the same time to build a connection between them as there’s a rule of ‘being nominated and nominating back’. Taking and giving.  Anyways, I’m thrilled, and I’m very thankful to Natasha, her blog is quite lovely actually, full of beautiful words coming from the heart, make sure to check her out at this link. 

The rules of this awards are simple :

* Thank the person who nominated you.
* Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
* Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
* Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
* Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

My answers : 

1. What is the one thing you want your readers to take from your writings? If i could translate one thing throughout my writings, it would be the genuine thoughts and words. Continue reading

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up (Eponis tumblr)

Today, i would like to share with you a post i read recently on Eponis Tumblr blog, make sure to go check it out cause the blog is a true gem and has some amazing articles (here’s my personal favorite).I think it’s a really great initiative, we live in an era where more and more people deal with mental disorders, severe depressions, anxieties… We are messed up a little more every day, and the only remedy to this is to start loving each other, and most importantly: loving ourselves.

Are you hydrated?  If not, have a glass of water.

Have you eaten in the past three hours?  If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs.  Perhaps some nuts or hummus?

Have you showered in the past day?  If not, take a shower right now.

If daytime: are you dressed?  If not, put on clean clothes that aren’t pajamas.  Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it’s a funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.

If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting going to sleep?  Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in bed with a teddy bear and the sound of falling rain, and close your eyes for fifteen minutes — no electronic screens allowed.  If you’re still awake after that, you can get up again; no pressure.

Have you stretched your legs in the past day?  If not, do so right now.  If you don’t have the spoons for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please.  If the weather’s crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.

Have you said something nice to someone in the past day?  Do so, whether online or in person.  Make it genuine; wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and tell them about it.

Have you moved your body to music in the past day?  If not, do so — jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite BPM, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.

Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days?  If not, do so.  Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends’ pets.  Most of them will enjoy the cuddles too; you’re not imposing on them.

Do you feel ineffective?  Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it’s responding to an e-mail, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip.  Good job!

Do you feel unattractive?  Take a goddamn selfie.  Your friends will remind you how great you look, and you’ll fight society’s restrictions on what beauty can look like.

Do you feel paralyzed by indecision?  Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day.  If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable.  Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis, even if it means doing something trivial.

Have you seen a therapist in the past few days?  If not, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk through things then.

Have you been over-exerting yourself lately — physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually?  That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it’s physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment.

Have you changed any of your medications in the past couple of weeks, including skipped doses or a change in generic prescription brand?  That may be screwing with your head.  Give things a few days, then talk to your doctor if it doesn’t settle down.

Have you waited a week?  Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can’t even tell that we’re not thinking clearly, and there’s no obvious external cause.  It happens.  Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.

You’ve made it this far, and you will make it through.  You are stronger than you think.


They even made a pdf file (selfcare_printable) that you can either print or keep in your computer so you can re-ask yourself these questions anytime you’re feeling low and weak. And, yes, if you know anyone going throught some hard times, make sure to share this list with them; it might help a little.

With love,

FZ.

Montée de l’extrémisme religieux dans le monde Arabe

Je suis indignée, dégoûtée. Les pays arabes et musulmans sont de plus en plus proie à une montée de l’extrémisme religieux et à la radicalisation de la majorité de la société. La “populasse” est de plus en plus violente, de plus en plus fermée, de plus en plus psychopathe. Cet article ne parle pas des vrais musulmans comme j’en connais beaucoup, ces personnes croyantes, qui n’ont rien à prouver, qui travaillent sur leur foi et leurs actes pour devenir meilleurs, qui respectent les autres et la diversité. Je ne parle pas de ces personnes, je parle de toutes les autres personnes… Les plus nombreuses aujourd’hui malheureusement.

Que ce soit ISIS, Daech (et toutes les personnes qui pensent que ces groupes armés défendent la religion musulmane), le chaos en Lybie, en Syrie avec les djihadistes, la massacre de Charlie Hebdo, la polémique sur le film Much Loved de Nabil Ayouch, et celle qui a suivi contre le festival Mawazine sous prétexte que le concert de Jennifer Lopez (et de Placebo) était une atteinte au respect et à la religion du pays; les 37 morts à la plage de Sousse en Tunisie, le “No bikini” sur nos plages alors que jamais, dans l’histoire du Maroc, une telle atteinte à la liberté des autres à été revendiquée (signe que l’on est pour ce qui c’est passé à Sousse), l’arrestation des deux jeunes femmes au souk d’Inzegane récemment au Maroc à cause des robes qu’elles portaient, le lynchage brutale et barbare contre un présumé homosexuel à Fès… Les droits de l’homme, dans le monde Arabe, n’ont jamais été aussi mal.

Trop de marocains se prennent pour des prophètes en critiquant la vie privée des autres, leur croyances et mode de vie, quand ils ne se prennent pas pour Dieu lui même ! 

En tant que marocaine, je me retrouve de plus en plus piégée au sein d’une société qui était avant connue pour son ouverture d’esprit, son respect de l’autre, sa cohabitation avec la différence… Mais de plus en plus que les pays extérieurs gagnent en liberté, nous autres musulmans, avons peur. Oui, peur de perdre notre identité, notre religion. Alors ils s’obscurcissent, se referment, deviennent agressifs, fous. Au lieu de s’intéresser à des sujets bien plus importants, on cherche à imiter l’Iran et l’Arabie Saoudite (on deviendra exactement comme eux, en apparence religieux mais capable du pire) et devenir un pays ou une seule manière de vivre (celle qui respecte leurs idéaux seuls et pas ceux des autres) a le droit de foisonner. Pour paraître bon musulman, on commence à argumenter les crimes, à argumenter le fait qu’on critique la vie personnelle et privée des citoyens. On se comporte comme des ayattolahs radicaux, des prophètes qui ont tout les droits, quand on ne se prend pas pour Dieu lui même ! La plus grande excuse est “Dieu nous a dit de défendre la religion et de ne pas laisser opérer le mal”. Premièrement, on défend la religion en étant bon musulman, et le bon musulman se doit d’accepter les différences culturelles et religieuses des autres.Non pas en étant extrémistes et têtus : je crois que faire ceci est mal, donc tu ne le fais pas parce que je te le dis, si tu n’acceptes pas, tu meurs !

Le pire, c’est notre gouvernement, encore plus con et arriéré, qui a peur de la foule, de la  masse rétrograde, et qui défend cet extrémisme de plus en plus agressif et hors de contrôle. C’est une honte. C’est que le problème réside dans les têtes, on a tous des croyances, mais les marocains aujourd’hui, et les musulmans en général, pensent défendre ses croyances alors que tout ce qu’ils font est de libérer les criminels, les assoiffés de sang et de haine qui sont en eux, d’opprimer tout ceux qui pensent ou vivent différemment. Ceci n’a jamais été l’islam, l’islam est une question personnelle, une question de conviction  qui n’a besoin ni qu’on tue en son nom, ni qu’on opprime les minorités en son nom, ni qu’on oblige un pays entier à penser et vivre ‘de la bonne manière’ afin de se sentir musulman entier et confirmé. C’est un vrai bordel dans les esprits des gens, réveillez vous nom de Dieu. Pourquoi tant de haine ? Si on donnait le choix au Marocain lambda, il voterait pour un pays rétrograde, fermé, islamiste intégriste… mais irait vivre dans un pays laïc et ouvert, la France, l’Italie ou les états unis par exemple. C’est à n’y rien comprendre : ce marocain admire les autres pays qui respectent les droits de l’homme, il est impressionné par la diversité religieuse, culturelle, ethnique… au sein d’un même pays, mais pourtant voit cela d’un mauvais œil au sein de sa patrie.  Continue reading

Universal and human energy part1

Hey folks! Today’s post is all about energy. I’ve been reading many books and articles about this matter and it has been one of my primary interests lately. And the reason behind this relatively new interest of mine is that I came to realize, and truly believe in the old saying “Everything around us, and in us, is energy”.

The universe is made up of matter and energy. Matter is pretty straightforward and easy to grasp, but energy is a bit more abstract. Everything has its own energy waves (talking about waves is more of a metaphor from my behalf, there is no certain proof that the energy flows in waves, or in circles, or in all directions at once… all we know is that it does flow), everything gives-reflects energy or absorbs it, and to some extent leave a certain energetical impact. I wanted to write today’s post so i can talk about this really interesting phenomenon that is taken so lightly by scientists and especially people who don’t acknowledge this in their every day life. And that is where the problems occur, when we ignore energy, or deny it, we can’t control it anymore; almost like it becomes independent from us. That is the main reason behind so many of today’s society problems: wars, anger, hate, fear… So what is energy in the first place ? It’s a hard question to tackle, but I’m going to try to as much as I can in a series of articles about this topic. This is episode 1 everyone, so get on board with me as I study and research and question and dive into the wisdom of energy, in all its forms.

“Hyperborea” by aerroscape on deviantart

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