[Book Review] Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam by A. Helwa

My introduction to the book entitle “Secret of Divine Love” is through few excerpt that I read in Instagram. Got curious to know more…therefore, I bought it. Starting with Bismillah, I read through and took my time to reflect and ponder on many of the context in Islam and about Allah (my MAKER) that I never knew. I read few lines, I reflect and I cried..just understanding that my soul, which is within me .. is something special and it is from Allah and part of Allah overwhelmed me.

This book provide me with an understanding through another beautiful lens – the love of Allah, loving myself and HIS creation.

The introduction already amazed me when I’m start reading. I can say I highlights few sentences almost in all pages and it helps me especially when I’m in hardship and sadness besides Qur’an. I became uplifting back after look at the highlight. I really love the explanation from the author and make me become open-minded in many things. Alhamdulillah.

The way A. Helwa explain certain issue really made me think. This book is worth the read. You really need to buy one to read as it would be understatement to just make a review; I may not be able to give justice how great this book is.

Alhamdulillah, A. Helwa writing has touched every inch of my hurting soul, and has helped me see life in better perspective. A. Helwa’s style of writing is easy flowing and gentle, and as we go through the chapters she addresses greater issues and deeper aspects of Islam and our relationship with Allah that we are responsible of taking care of. A much needed reminder, this piece, and a great book as a gift as well. Everything is gold. Reading it answered all my spiritual questions and it did changed my perspective. I highly recommend everyone to have a copy.

Even it takes a very long journey to end my reading but I feel worth it. Many things that have been explained inside this book make me realized how Allah is the real love that we need to be grateful the most.

I’ve cried so many tears, lingered on so many pages. It‘s one of my new most precious possessions, a book I‘ll try to come back to once in awhile to remind myself that I‘m loved & valued by no other than God Himself. I‘m struggling for the right words right now, so I just want to thank the author & God for opening my eyes again to the beauty of my religion, the value of life & to the Divine Love of The Almighty.

“In fact, it has been said that the distance between our head and our heart is approximately 18 inches, but it is arguably the longest journey we will spiritually ever take”. Secrets of Divine Love by A. Helwa

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Balance: Build an Emotional Connection with Our Daughter

My husband and I are both full time workers and have one kid. Balancing everything and keeping everything in check can be hard sometimes. So many times I get to thinking and don’t keep what’s important in front of me. Than my husband reminds me our kid need us more than any job. She come first. Our mental health comes first. We have to take care of her so she can get better so we can get better also. Balancing is hard to do, and waht makes it easier to balance is having an awesome partner to balance it out wit! My husband and I make a great team. I’m one lucky woman.

Being a mother to an active 2 y.o has shown me a side of my personality, I never knew existed. Having my daughter, perhaps, gives me an insight into her world leading to a deeper empathy and understanding for her behaviour. This is an account of what I sensed in my interaction with my daughter in my neighbourhood.

Children are more flexible than we make them out to be.They have a natural resilience and flexibility to adapt to situations. They live in the moment without grudges, are happy and cheerful. They know within themselves that nature has excellent healing properties. It not only heals the body, but the mind and soul as well.

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Book Review: What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

I have always admired Oprah Winfrey and the difference she has made in so many lives.  She shows honesty, vulnerability, spirituality and wisdom.  When I saw her book at the marketplace, I thought it might be a good read, but wasn’t expecting the degree of insights this woman shared.  

This is a book review for, ‘What I Know for Sure‘ by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey is amongst the most powerful names in the world. She is a living example of what a person can become if they simply have the zeal to be. Thank God that she made notes of her journey so far and decided to put them together in her book, What I Know For Sure.

Though the book was first published in the year 2014, I only got a chance to read it yesterday. 

You’ve got to love Oprah! In my eyes, Oprah does no wrong. In her book, What I Know for Sure, Oprah Winfrey shares some great wisdom that will surely leave you motivated and raring to go.

I must confess, when I read this book, I didn’t know what to expect. And, I must say that I wasn’t disappointed at all. By the time I finished reading, it felt like Oprah was sitting in front of me, ready for an embrace. She also had a way of making me feel like I was sitting next to a good friend, who understood my journey. Some of the topics she discusses are possibility, gratitude, connection, and power.

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Book Review: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for ages. It’s an endearing story about two lonely and spoiled children who slowly discover how much better life can be if they decide to explore the gardens. 

The Secret Garden is, of course, a children’s book, but I had never read it as a child. One of the pleasures of reading it as an adult is to enjoy the simple, easy-to-read, style of it. The simple style, though, hides an intricate story with more than one mystery, characters with complex psychology and concealed themes. 

Burnett, I felt, shows considerable storytelling skill in choosing when to say very little and when to let the story bloom with details. I also appreciated her grasp of the speech and mannerisms of the child characters.

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Fun Activities for Child

“Is it easier for you to work from home since you have just the one daughter?”

This well-meaning remark actually made me stop and think. Really, is it easier for me? Well, actually it may seem easier but in reality, it is no different.

While the challenges of multiple kids are definitely many, the challenges of an only child aren’t any less. You see, when you have an only child, he or she does not have siblings to hang out with, squabble with or basically, grow up with.

She has YOU.

Keeping an only child engaged and entertained while you try to juggle work, home and other odd jobs in your life as mom needs a fair amount of planning and thinking.

I’ve needed to come up with a few ways to keep our daughter occupied while we work:

{While I use these ideas to keep my only child engaged, I’m sure you can use them just as well with multiple kids as well.}

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Perfectionism

I read a lot.  In particular, I read a lot about how I can be better.  A better parent, a better writer, a better human.

Whilst I know I can never be perfect, there’s a small but maniacal part of my ego that refuses to let go of the belief that if I just work hard enough, perfection can be mine.

I’d like to petition the Oxford English dictionary to redefine perfectionism as an illusion of the human mind: a thing of fantasy that should not under any circumstances be pursued, or at least to carry a warning label advising, ‘side effects of intense frustration and self-doubt, if pursued.’

Whilst I believe growth as a person is achievable and a fundamental part of life (why are we here if not to love, learn and grow?) an over-emphasis on achieving a certain level of growth (usually the Instagram worthy kind) is fraught with black holes just waiting for the unsuspecting personal development junkie (me) to fall down.

Every day we’re bombarded with images, stories and content about the ‘right’ way to do things, or the ‘secret’ to whatever it is we feel we’re lacking.  I should know, I’ve been writing about it for months.

I feel like I’m always searching for the path to contentment, and there have been many times when I’ve been sure I have found it.  But no sooner have my feelings of elation bloomed than something inevitably goes wrong and elation turns to deflation, as the balloon of my excitement is rudely burst by that recurring annoyance that is life.

Yep, life, and all its pesky frustrations, annoyances and problems, honed to a point and always waiting to pop my unsuspecting bubble of joy.  Yet could there be any joy without sadness?  Could there be contentment without discontent?  Peace without conflict?  A Ying needs a Yang, after all.

Today I Am Working On…

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Endless Thoughts

A huge void is everywhere today. We don’t know where we are heading to. The void due to uncertainty of life, the void due to fear of losing someone is today’s reality. Keeping distance is the medicine of today’s illness. Gone are days when we celebrate togetherness.

Life indoors is more difficult to carry on. But we are helpless because we can not see our enemy. Was it our destiny? Millions of people taking their last breath because breathing is now the most expensive thing. Can we just play hide and seek or stand fearless in front of this pandemic?

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Things I Enjoy about Working from The Office

I’ve had experience both from working from home and working in an office. I will be talking about 4 things I enjoy about working in the office in this blog post. I want to take this opportunity to make it clear that I firmly believe that there are many benefits of working from home. This post just focuses on the office aspects of work that I enjoy. Moreover, everyone is different. Some love working from home full time. Some prefer going in the office full time, whereas other people would like a mix of both office and home. We should therefore be open to the fact that different people would prefer different things when it comes to home/office work.

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A Visit to Rumah Atsiri Indonesia

Are you intrigued by the delicate processes that go into creating your favourite essential oils? We had a lovely visit to Rumah Atsiri Indonesia. We both found Rumah Atsiri’s history and essential oils industry interesting. A warm welcome awaits you at Rumah Atsiri Indonesia.

Rumah means home; Atsiri means essential oil from plants. As a house that collects all the essential oil plants of Indonesia, shown to the people how deeply and wealthy the Indonesian plants derived from nature exceeds of spices. All the collections of essential oil plants from Indonesia only available in Rumah Atsiri Indonesia.

Rumah Atsiri Indonesia is an edu-recreation complex and research center pivoted around a restored Indonesian-Bulgarian Citronella factory from 1963 in Plumbon Village, Tawangmangu, focusing in the education, research, development, and recreation related to essential oils. Rumah Atsiri Indonesia embraces the local environment, culture, tradition, philosophy, and community of Plumbon Village, Tawangmangu to offer a genuine, responsible, and authentic option of experiencing this destination.

Rumah Atsiri is home to at least 50 atsiri species from sereh (citronella), kayu putih, pala (nutmeg) and mawar (rose), to jinten (caraway seeds), cendana, arum dalu and rosmarin (rosemary). For those of you that are sensitive to strong smells and the thought of walking through a essential oils museum intimidates you, you have nothing to worry about. The scents are tightly controlled, so you only smell them in the specific areas you’re supposed to, not just wafting incessantly through the rooms and halls.

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EID MUBARAK 2021

Alhamdulilah we are able to celebrate our victory in Ramadhan this year. When I was younger, I looked forward to celebrating Eid because I knew I would be getting all the green packets (of money) from adults. Now, I look forward to Eid because it is a time to reflect and spend time with the family and friends. It is difficult to spend time with the family and friends all the time so I truly appreciate the time off from work to reunite with everyone.

People who skip visiting during Eid, you are missing out a lot. It is a time to catch up and bond. Regardless of how old I am, Eid visiting with the family has always been a priority to me. My aunties and uncles may age a little more every year but their presence and jokes never get old. Everyone’s lives are evolving too quickly and despite being so busy, Eid is time reserved for those special ones closed to our hearts. I find that the older I am, the more I appreciate spending time with loved ones.

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