Self-love must come first

Self-love is the first step in loving others, nature, and animals. In the course of writing my first book LEAF TO LIFE, I was struggling which ‘mantra’ should be the first CREDO for wellness.  After some quiet time and meditation, I believed the first credo should be – I LOVE myself.

Self-love is not pampering though it can be a by product of it. You can pamper yourself with computer games, late nights, drinks, heavy metal music, rich food, cars etc., but they are not necessary nourishing yourself.

Nourishing yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually is self-love.

Physical – healthy life giving food such as sprouts, fruits, vegetables, and eating everything in moderation. Learning how to apply herbs to your daily diet, drinks, and supplement protocol is another way to nourish the physical level.

Emotional – Examining our negative emotions such as anger, jealousy, pride, ungratefulness, impatience, not by condemning ourselves but to look deeper into these emotions and ask why we are acting this way and strive to transform them. The Jesuits called it Examination of Conscious.  For example, is my anger a defence mechanism? A sign of deeper fears or ego? Why is it so difficult to show appreciation to those who have empowered us? What is going on inside me?

Emotional nourishment also involves feeling good and surrounding ourselves with healing centred people, nourishing elements of nature (herbs, plants, pets, earthing on the beach, water etc..), a job that excites you and gives you a sense of purpose…

Mental: Our life is determined by our thoughts. We are connected with one another with our thoughts. Are our thoughts positive? Do we radiate blessings to others with our thoughts or judgment?

Spiritual: What is my soul’s path? Who or what is the centre of my life? What’s my vocation in life? What really matters in life?

  • Don’t wait till you retire to nourish yourself. Because it may be too late. Many people only start to seek spirituality, eat healthily and relax after they contracted cancer. 

Our life is meant to be a journey of healing self, others, and nature.


About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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