Dubai au­thor Mathilde Lou­jayne talks self-care

“We have so much to gain from look­ing af­ter our bod­ies”

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Ddubai au­thor Mathilde Lou­jayne, who is from France and con­verted to is­lam in 2002, writes about self-care in the sec­ond chap­ter of her new book big Lit­tle steps: a Woman’s Guide to Find­ing a bal­anced Life­style. The fol­low­ing is an ex­cerpt:

“We have so much to gain from look­ing af­ter our bod­ies. This ves­sel will carry you through life, giv­ing you a chance to laugh, a heart to love with and maybe the op­por­tu­nity to have chil­dren. do you want a body that al­lows you to en­joy life, to achieve your goals, to be there to look af­ter your fam­ily for years to come? be­cause that power is in your hands.

Truly ev­ery as­pect of life is taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in is­lam, which is why it is not just a re­li­gion but a holis­tic way of life. Over time, adopt­ing this life­style will al­low spir­i­tual growth and your serene en­ergy will pos­i­tively in­flu­ence those around you.

Fast­ing and prayer are two pil­lars of is­lam that fo­cus not only on the spir­i­tual re­wards but on our bod­ies, too. Through this chap­ter, you will un­der­stand how these in­cred­i­ble self-care ac­tions have per­sonal ben­e­fits, as well as show­ing our re­spect for the hu­man body and na­ture. it would not be whole with­out a brief in­tro­duc­tion to the Golden age of Mus­lim civil­i­sa­tion and its nu­mer­ous ad­vances in made in bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, physics and health­care be­tween the eighth and thir­teenth cen­turies. Flo­ral wa­ter, also known as hy­dro­late, is one of many dis­cov­er­ies.

so, let’s con­nect our body, mind and soul – the is­lamic way. are you ready to re­boot?”

Il­lus­tra­tion by UAE artist HATTY PED­DER. Big Lit­tle Steps (Dhs82) is avail­able at Ki­noku­niya and Ma­grudy’s as well as through the book’s of­fi­cial web­sit. Good read­ers get a 15 per cent dis­count with the coupon code BIGLITTLESTEPS15 biglit­tlesteps­

Mathilde Lou­jayne (above)

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