The Power of Mother Nature to Destroy or Renew


It is finally Summertime. Well it has been for a few weeks but the glorious weather here in Ireland is a rare thing. We are so used to living in the cold and the rain.

The last few weeks my energy was running low. I tend to be very busy as I have published two books within one year and seven months. Things I normally enjoyed were all becoming tasks and I began to sleep more than usual. My writing was becoming less productive and I began to fear the dreaded writers block.

I knew I needed to get out into nature. I needed to remind myself to stop taking myself so seriously, to stop taking the world so seriously. I drove to Glen da Lough, a beautiful mountain park in Wicklow, Ireland. I looked at the trees, the birds, the lakes and the waterfalls surrounded by green rolling hills and rocky mountains. All of nature was just being, everything living in the moment. Nature is an orchestra of all forms of life each expressing its own tune and all coming together harmoniously to form a whole that compliments each of its parts and becoming more than the sum of its parts. Would that we could all move through difficulties of life like water over stones and rocks or trees swaying in the wind.

Around one thousand years ago a monastery was built in the park. Mostly of stone cut from the rock of the park. The ruins can still be seen and the monastery still somewhat intact. The monks not only prayed but also wrote books. They would carve a letter into wood, often tiny letters or designs and use natural paint made from blood and plant resin. Then press the shapes onto paper made from trees or cowhide. They were inspired by the nature all around them and joined the beauty with concepts of God. To them nature was God. Monks performed their art every day as they were making books to be read by other monks in Ireland and Europe. The monks in Glen da lough have been credited with creating the most beautiful books in history. They did so surrounded by the elegance and peace of nature. No wonder then that millions of people have been inspired by Glen da Lough through the years.

I sat opposite a lake on a rich green grassy verge, few places in the world have such  rich green vegetation and many tourists come to visit “The green green grass of home”. The sun shone its rays across my body. Suddenly I felt alive. My energy was slowly growing within me, a dim light growing brighter. I pictured in my mind my lack of energy as a grey cloud around me. As the sun shone and the trees swayed slightly I let the suns rays disperse the greyness around me. I gasped with relief as I felt the grey cloud depart from me.

After spending my day in the park I was renewed and began to look forward again to writing.

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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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