The Power Of Love

What is the single greatest power in the world? I think it is love.  It is said love heals and I think it does. Love forgives, no matter what harm was done. Love of yourself and others takes away bitterness and hate.

The most difficult thing for many of us to do is to love ourselves. Yes we can love the positives within us, that`s easy.  What about what we see as undesirable? Those parts of us that seem to create difficulties for us, our weaknesses, our disabilities, whatever we see as faults. We may beat ourselves up especially if others attack us because of our ‘imperfections’. We might attack and blame others because we can`t accept the issues we have to work on. In time we must accept everything about us because that`s the only way we can change, if that`s what we want to do. We need to be honest with ourselves first. We might just decide that we are a certain way and, provided you not hurting someone, and just accept that. Make friends with that part of you that you don`t like and then love yourself more. It is only by loving yourself that you can unconditionally love others.

What helps us in this process? I think it is the love of another be it friend, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, a family member any trusted person that doesn`t judge you.  In clinical psychology research has proven (not many psychological studies have actually proven a theory) that teenagers are less at risk from poor mental health issues when they have a mature, well balanced person to talk to about their difficulties that doesn`t judge them. A loving person can tell us what we need to know about ourselves and support us if we decide to change.

I`m not a religious person but I love Saint Paul`s quote about love. He sums it all up:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Wonderfully put isn`t it?!!!

Ask yourself “Who will I show love to today? What do I need to love about myself today?”

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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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