First Learn to Love Thyself

http-www-pixteller-com-pdata-t-l-510307I booked a holiday to Egypt in September 1997 – my first solo vacation. Although I knew very little about Egypt or its history before my trip, I learned a HUGE amount in the space of two weeks.

The first week was spent cruising the Nile, and viewing a number of ancient sites including the Temples at Philae, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Dendera…

A week of luxury in Luxor followed, visiting The Valley of the Kings, The Valley of the Queens, The Temple of Hatshepsut…

Feeling increasingly relaxed after a difficult six months following the ending of my marriage, I had a very significant dream with a profound message:

“First learn to love thy self.”

This message became the central theme of my memoir.

I translated my dream into a story called “Dreams on the Nile,” which was recently published on Two Drops of Ink blog. You can read it HERE

Egypt heralded many more solo holiday adventures to Morocco, Rome, India, Bali…

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.


  1. So important to as you say Love Thy Self. Often we believe we do, but there are parts of us which we reject for many reasons and are unable to love. The River Nile is an amazing River is has very therapeutic energies. You do not have to swim in it. Cruising will benefit and staying near the River will help considerably. I live in a small village near the Nile it has been important for myself healing. Blessings

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  2. What a truly incredible post, Daisies. I loved each word as you told me your story, and I felt the peace come over me.
    Certainly an important lesson to learn, and one which is a wonderful gift to pass on to others.
    Thank you Daisies. I shall remember this.
    Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  3. I take courage from your words, I never value myself. It’s takes a good step back to know our beautiful we really are. Some one told me recently that if I don’t love myself how can some one else love me? Your post reinforces that advice. I wish you peace and joy on your journeys Brigid and that you will always find the strength from within your beautiful lovable self! You are a very special person and loved!

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  4. How wonderful that you were able to visit so many wonderful places, and traveling in solitude can be very peaceful with lots of time for reflexion as well as relaxation:)


  5. Brigid, thank you for sharing how you found the start of your healing and that this became the central theme for your book! I’m popping over to read your story inspired by your time on the Nile. Wishing you a lovely weekend! 😀❤️

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  6. Truly a voyage of self-discovery 😉
    I did a very similar tour of Egypt about a year after that (1 wk cruise, 1 wk in Luxor). Sounds like we even went with the same tour company since I’m guessing you went from Ireland also?

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  7. Hi Brigid, I haven’t been around much in blogging land. I lost my dad recently and life has taken over. I loved reading about your solo travels in your book, I thought how brave you were. B x

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