Dr. Chad Sato
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist
Five Important Relationships
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but you don’t need a romantic significant other to celebrate this day of love. I would like to share five relationships that begin with self-love to enhance your wellbeing so your love can flow to those around you.
A Higher Power
Establishing a relationship and connection with a higher power will help you to recognize that you are never alone, that there is always a caring and supportive energetic presence. Working with thousands of individuals for the past 21 years has shown me that I am not just a healer but a conduit for this higher source of power to assist my clients to heal on a deeper level. Having reverence for this power humbles me daily to honor all my clients who are choosing to address the stressors in their life to breathe and move into a space of ease.
Your Higher Self
When you take the time to know yourself and your unique truth, this knowledge will serve as a guiding light when times get challenging. I have learned that no two people are the same, even you and a significant other, because each person has their own perception. Your life experiences create your perspectives, so the more you trust yourself the better you will own and live an authentic life. Being aligned with your values empowers you to stay true.
Your Mind and Body
Your body is constantly giving you feedback on whether you are in alignment or whether certain stressors are moving you out of balance. In reality (and bizarrely enough), your body has your back. Start listening to its signals such as muscle tension, restricted breathing, mental fog, lack of energy. Then take the time to check in and reassess what is currently going on in your life. The more time you invest in observing how certain life changes or stressors impact your physical, mental and emotional state, the better you will be at navigating these challenges and rising above them. The choice is yours to become empowered and have your body be there for you, instead of being upset with your body when certain health ailments or pain arise.
Friends and Family
The fourth relationship is connecting with your family, friends and significant other. Tune in to what is important to them without compromising your truth and authenticity. Communicate openly and find ways to both listen and be heard. Express your appreciation and love them for who they are. The more you try to change them to how you think they should be, the more resistance and difficulty you will encounter. However, you must love yourself first; otherwise, it’s nearly impossible to love another.
Your Environment and Greater Community
When you achieve self-love and come from a centered place, you have more love to give others and the environment around you. Give back and take care of your external environment whether it be your home, community or Mother Earth. By honoring this external environment, you are also taking care of your internal environment – what you eat and how you think and feel. Honor your living space and the earth by keeping it beautiful and you in turn will take care of yourself and stay connected and true.
In conclusion, make Valentine’s Day the version that makes the most sense to you. If you want to give flowers and chocolate to your loved one, do so. If you want this day to remind you of which relationships are most important to you or need more of your energy, create a plan and take action. Knowing yourself allows you to love yourself and be more present to your loved ones in your life. Let Valentine’s Day 2021 be a special day after experiencing the suppressive, fearful year of 2020!
Dr. Chad Sato graduated from UCLA in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned the Doctor of Chiropractic degree with honors from Life Chiropractic College West in 1998. Sato founded his practice, Aloha Chiropractic (alohachiro.biz), in Mänoa valley, O’ahu, on Oct. 1, 1999. He is a sought-after educator, speaker, author and mind-body specialist who helps people reach new levels of empowerment when it comes to their health and wellness by staying present with their body signs, making appropriate life choices and utilizing stress instead of managing it.