Naturopathic Tips for Heartburn Relief

Things to decrease or avoid:
Fat & fatty foods (eg fried & deep-fried things)
Processed foods (eg crisps)
Large space of time between meals / Lots of hours between meals
Very large meals
Tight clothing

Things to increase:
Vegetables & greens
Light foods, boiled, steamed etc
Small meals, frequently
(Possibly: If caused by low stomach acid, apple cider vinegar can help: 1 tsp in a glass of water, sipped through straw)
Loose clothing
Activities and thoughts that relax & soothe you

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When you feel insulted when someone insults your hobby or interests…

Why we take it personally when someone doesn’t like something WE like and what we can do to not take it personally in the future


“It’s not stupid, YOU are!”
This is a classic schoolyard retort to someone insulting a “thing” you like, and this retort shows that people can get offended when you offend something they care about. They can take it so personally, that accordingly their retort is a personal insult too.

But why do we sometimes take it personally and other times we don’t care?
When we take it personally it’s because in our minds We fill in the gaps and identify who we are personally with the “thing” we like. We fail to see the separate distinction between “who we are”, and “the thing” in question. We think:
If they’re saying the thing I like is stupid, they are saying *I* am stupid for liking it.
If they say the thing I like is boring, they are saying *I* must be boring or stupid for liking a boring thing.

But sometimes someone just finds something boring, and they don’t think any less about you for liking that thing.

Like, one person may find biomedical science boring to learn about themselves, but you can still be a genius scientific researcher who find that stuff very interesting and they can admire you for liking the very thing that they find boring. If THEY find it boring, it does not necessarily reflect negatively on you that you are interested in it. If you have it in your head that it’s a personal insult that they find it boring, it is more revealing about how YOU feel about this “thing” – are you proud of liking this thing?

If you’re proud of your interest in biomedical science, and are secure in knowing that it’s a good thing to learn about it, and it’s a field that can be helpful to the world- then no matter whether someone else finds it boring or not, it probably won’t matter to you, because YOU are secure in knowing it’s of value, no matter how anyone else feels about it.

But, if you’re not proud or secure in your interest, it’s a different story.
For example:
If the thing that’s insulted is your boyfriend, husband, friend, or your job, or a hobby you spend a lot of time on…
Say, if you have a hobby like watching a certain youtuber and you are an ardent fan who’s spent hundreds of hours watching their videos, following them on social media etc, but part of you thinks:
“There may be better ways to spend my time than watching these entertaining videos all day… I mean, it’s entertaining and fun, but I dont think I’m adding anything positive to the world by watching these.. I could be using my time more wisely in a way that has more value to myself and to the world…”,
THEN when someone tells you your interests (in this case your interest in your beloved youtuber and their videos) are boring, it resonates with your own self-judgement and your own uncertainty about this hobby, and so it feels more like an insult and hurts your feelings. But it only feels like an insult because of your own insecurity.

So what can we do about it when someone insults a THING we like, and we get offended personally by it?

1.) In the moment, if you feel hurt, recognise that there is a belief or thought within youself that maybe is insecure about the “thing” in question. Are you proud of this interest you have? This is an opportunity for self-reflection. The judgemental person can be a catalyst to helping you realise something important about yourself and about how you spend your time.

2.) If you know you’re insecure about the “thing” in question – you can work on improving how you feel.

You can either:

(a.) Pivot your thoughts to show yourself why the thing you like is a good thing to like. Build up your own feelings of security and certainty and sureness about it so that you get to a mental head-space of believing that it IS absolutely the right thing for you. List all the good you get out of it – show yourself why it IS valuable, why it IS a good use of your time. And practice these kinds of thoughts until you feel more secure about it. Sometimes it can take some practice to nurture this positive-feeling belief and can take repeated self-reminders over some time (especially if you’ve been getting a feeling of doubt and uncertainty about it building momentum for a long while). Nurturing a new belief & sense of security in something is often not an instant thing so be patient with yourself as you build your sense of security.

For example, in the case of someone who spends a lot of time watching a youtuber: if their videos bring you joy, that’s a good use of your time, because being happy and feeling good is super valuable! And sometimes you learn about new interesting stuff from their videos, or get inspiration maybe to do fun things – that’s valuable too.

(b.) Let this be a chance to re-examine: maybe this “thing” really isn’t the best for you? Is there something else you’d rather be doing with yoru time? What’s stopping you from doing that other thing that you want to do?

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Japanese Hiragana character letters memory aids

Based on Japanesepod101′s videos, here is a helpful list of memory aids for all the Japanese Hiragana characters / symbols:

Hiragana mnemonics

あ a – looks like an apple
い i – 2 “i”s side by side
う u – like a boxer getting punched in the stomach, saying “uu!”
え e – looks like an Energetic ninja
お o – looks like a ufO, or like a mouth saying “oh” with x ‘ eyes

か ka – blade cutting a stick
き ki – looks like a key
く ku – kuku’s beak / cuckoo’s beak
け ke – looks like a keg (ke has a cane as the first stroke)
こ ko – like 2 koi fish swimming, or like a cockerel with a comb on his head

さ sa – sa-neaky grin face
し shi – looks like a fiSHIng hook
す su – like curly SUe, or like a su-piral / spiral straw
せ se – mouth about to Se-y say something / or a Sensei saying something
そ So – zigzag sewing stitch – it looks like a fraction / if something is 50/50 it’s so-so

た ta – looks like the lettera t+a “ta!”
ち chi – shouting chi-eer leader – cheerleader, angry at “sa” for copying her. It looks like the number 5 coz cheerleaders come in groups (eg of 5) 5 cheerleaders.
つ tsu – looks like a tsunami wave, or like a sideways u
て te – looks like a te-il tail and like the letter T
と to – looks like a tornado, also it has sa funny stalk on TOp

な na – cross X for “nah” and sticking out tongue – or a complicated “kna-t” knot
に ni- looks like an elongated n (h) + a sideways i: ni. Or looks like a knee cap
ぬ nu – chopsticks holding NOOdles – also you can see the “n” and the chopsticks liike like an angular “u”
ね ne – sNAIl hiding behind a NAIl – looks like Re but with an extra hoop – if it has a Hoop it’s NE not Re.
の no – looks like a “no” sign, and looks like an n + an “o” put together

は ha – looks like a capital H with a little “a”. Looks similar to ke, but “Ha” has a hoop, whereas Ke does not.
ひ hi – like a smiling mouth going “hihihi!”
ふ hu / fu – looks like mount Fuji, or like a nose blowing air going foooo
へ he – He, like an arrow pointing up to Heaven
ほ ho – like a HOrse face with mane. Looks similar to Ha but with double line. Unlike “ke”, “H” ones have a “hoop”. Ho has 2 HOrizontal lines wherehas ha only has one (Ha has HAlf the number of lines as Ho).

ま ma – like musical note on stave ma for ma-usic – or a MAn with a MAsk on his eyes
み Mi – it looks like a capital “I” and a small “i” joined together “Mi and mi”. Or like a musical quaver note for “do-re-MI”)
む Mu – looks like a cow, or like a weird clown who makes fun by imitating animals and saying moooo
め Me – Me looks like a pretzel which is MEtzuyan. Me looks like Nu (chopsticks & noodles) – how do you differentiate? When the chopsticks drop the noodle hoop, they make a MEss
も Mo – looks like a sailboat Moshit, or like a Monitor lizard with a tail

ら ra – 5 cheerleaders go rah rah rah! Or like a rabbit sitting on its hind legs. Ra looks like Chi, but Chi (cheerleader) has it all connected coz it’s a person, and Rah is a sound so is more spread out.
り or リ ri – (the second one is used most often). The second one looks like a River. Looks similar to “i” but with Ri the RIGHT stroke is longer; river is long too.
る Ru – hand holding a ruby
れ Re – Reindeer
ろ Ro – Row row row your boat – 3 rows, looks like a 3. (Or it’s a Ru hand holding a ruby, without a ruby, Ru got RObbed and became Ro)

や Ya – yaaa it looks like a YAk or a giraffe!
ゆ Yu – looks like a unicorn or like a finger pointing at you
よ Yo – looks like a y without the cup on top, or it looks like a yoyo dangling from a finger.

わ Wa – like a dog WAgging his tail, (or as a W white sWAn). Looks similar to “ne” and “re”. Reindeer is happiest with happy tail for Xmas. Wa’s WAggy tail is more subdued, and Ne’s tail is swirly coz it’s a SNAIL.
を wo – “woah” it’s a complicated one that looks like a crack in the Wall (wo-ll). Wo is never used in a word; only used as a particle to indicate a word is an object of the sentence.
(wi ゐ)
(we ゑ)

ん n – looks like an elongated n.

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Japanese Katakana character letters memory aids

Based on Japanesepod101′s videos, here is a helpful list of memory aids for all the Japanese katakana characters / symbols:

ア a – looks like an Axe
イ i – looks like i-sel / easel
ウ u – looks like an angular-connected version of hiragana u う (like a beret hat – bu-ret?) U+” = Vu
エ e – elevator doors
オ o – opera singer

カ ka – looks like hiragana ka か but more angular
キ ki – looks like hiragana ki き without bottom bit
ク ku – kuku’s tail (cookoo bird tail)
ケ ke – like a sideways K (it can be seen as a T but if you think “I don’t recognise this T.. what T sound is this?” think – ahh it must be ke!)
コ ko – korner / corner

サ sa – saddle
シ shi – SInking SHIp smiley
ス su – su-kiing figure (like a figure skiing)  like a gimmel
セ se – looks like hiragana se せ (eg sensei)
ソ so – smiley with one eye (looks like n [ン], but “so” [ソ] is “s”limmer. It also looks like a SOftserve ice cream and “n” does not.

タ ta – person holding a tablet
チ chi – chicken that looks nothing like a chicken :D – chi looks like an energetic (chi-filled) man with spread out arms and looking upwards, running. [similar to ki キ.. if it's not ki, it's chi チ - Chi looks more like it's in the T series coz if its T-shape]
ツ tsu – smiley – like a smiling Tsu-na (tuna) face – looks like “shi” but if you trace the lines into curves, it shows the hiragana hint for which is which: つ or し
テ Te – telephone pole
ト To – totem pole side

ナ na – na-if (knife) or sword with cross at top
ニ ni – like 2 lines ni = 2
ヌ nu – like nu / noo / noose
ネ ne – nest
ノ no – no sign crossing out

ハ ha – ha-us – house
ヒ hi – heel (like a small t – a small tea is what women in heels drink)
フ hu or fu – tip of a foot “foo” – looks like a u on its side
ヘ he – looks like hiragana he へ
ホ ho – holy cross, shining

マ ma – mantaray wing
ミ mi – middle – 3 lines with a middle one
ム mu – mu-se – moose antlers
メ me – me-il – mail letter
モ mo – looks like hiragana mo も

ラ ra – rack or ra-cking chair
リ ri – looks like hiragana ri (not the print one: り but the other, handwritten one: ㇼ )
ル ru – looks like a ru-t root of a tree
レ re – Re-zor blade Edge / razor, or Edge of  Rectangle
ロ ro – robot mouth square

ヤ ya – looks like hiragana ya や only more angular
ユ yu – looks like a U-boat’s periscope (or like a bet) – or like a sideways U
ヨ yo – looks like a backwards E – if you have an Egg, it contains a YOke. E for egg YOlk.

ワ Wa – like a Wain / wine glass
ヲ Wo – like wain glass but with extra line – like a world trophy or olympic torch
(ヰ wi)
(ヱ we)

ン n – smiley with one eye – or like space craft ENtering the earth’s atmosphere. Looks similar to “so” (but “so” is Slimmer)

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Rampage of Appreciation for Sport

When you use your body physically in sport, there are so many good things you can gain from sports:

You feel the aliveness in your body as the fresh air rushes through your body and fills your body with aliveness!

For many sports you get to interact with the fresh air – to be outside, maybe appreciating the feeling of the grass beneath your feet, or the feeling of the sunshine shining down on you, lighting up the world around you with its golden beams.

How great it feels to USE your body!

How great it feels to acomplish results with your physical body and with your physical strength!

How much appreciation it gives you for your body and strength!

You learn to go beyond what you thought your limits were.
You see yourself improving and getting better with practice which is so satisfying!

You learn that practice, and patience to allow yourself the time and space to get better and better – gets results.

You learn what it feels like to use your body in a way which feels like you’re using all your muscles to the max; using your body to the max – utilising your full potenetial – which is a wonderful feeling to know that you’re using your talent and potential to the fullest that you can!

You learn to look after your body and respect it so that it will help you to function optimally – to achieve that satisfying fullest potential.

You learn teamwork; because for many sports in order to win, you need the team to win.

You learn the satisfaction of how great it feels when you are able to succeed even when conditions are challenging.

You learn to keep going and not to give up.

And sport can even be a kind of meditation. When you play, you’re not thinking about taxes and politics – no! you’re focused! you’re focused on the sport! And for that time that your focus is on the sport, your thoughts are free of the normal baggage – and you are lighter; freer.. no wonder engaging in sport feels good!

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What miracles are according to Abraham Hicks

Desire in the absence of resistance
accomplishes what humans wanna call miracles.
We wanna call it desire, in the absence of resistance!

Source: Phoenix, Dec. 2013.

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What Feelings are made of according to Abraham Hicks

I just read a great quote by Abraham here about “the composition of feelings” and what are feelings made of when you break them down and examine their smaller components. The gist of it was as follows:

Most feelings are made up of 2 factors:
1.) Desire
2.) Resistance to that desire

For example:
- Passion = Strong desire + No Resistance
- Contentment / Peacefulness = Not much desire + No Resistance
- Boredom = not much desire + a little resistance
- Frustration / Anger / Guilt / Depression = Strong Desire + Strong Resistance
- Clarity = desire (to know) + no resistance

Isn’t that interesting and fun to know? ^_^

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What is Nervousness according to Abraham Hicks

What is Nervousness?

Nevousness is a manifestation and an emotional indicator.

When you’re in the place of nervousness, it is an emotional indicator that vibrationally you are not expectant of the thing you want.

Nervousness is when there is doubt as to whether the thing you want will come or not. There isn’t certainty that the good thing is coming.

Nervousness is an active vibration that is to the contrary of what is wanted ie it means you have activated some focus of “what you do not want” along with “what you do want”. You have split focus. The ratio of focus may differ but if you’re mostly feeling nervousness, perhaps the ratio is skewed in the direction of “doubt and fear that it’s not coming” than in that “it’s coming”.

Nervousness means you are not entirely ready for what you want.

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How do you come to be in a place of nervousness?

It is when you observe in your life experience that things don’t go your way, and then form a belief that “things don’t always go my way”.

This old beliefs could have been formed yesterday, last year, in your childhood etc… but that you are keeping active now.

How to overcome habits of nervousness

If you’ve trained yourself into reacting nervously to situations, and it’s become a habit, how do you get out of this habit?

By deliberately practising new vibrational patterns and then watching the outcome of it until you show yourself that you have vibrational control.

Think about what you want more.
Appreciate the idea of what you want more – allow yourself to feel good about it.
Imagine what you want; what it would look like; what it would feel like. Prepave it.
Prepare yourself for what you want (eg if you want to be called to the Abraham Hot Seat, prepare yourself by dressing for the part etc coz you know if you’re picked people will see you more in the spotlight).
The more you pre-pave what you want, the less hindering the old negative beliefs will be.


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Abraham Hicks on Loneliness

What is loneliness according to Abraham Hicks?

Though most people think of loneliness as “the absense of people you connect with in your life”, feeling lonely is not really a matter of “being lonely for other people”.

In actuality, the feeling of loneliness occurs when you have (temporarily) separated yourself from who-you-really-are.

You are lonely for your own connection with your own Source-Self. If you’re ever lonely, it’s for your own connection, not for other people.

The feeling of loneliness is the evidence that you are not allowing yourself to be the receiver of so much that is flowing to you.

Trying to find somebody that gets you, is looking in all the wrong places because it’s not their job to get you, accept you or validate you.
It’s *your* job to get yourself, accept yourself and validate yourself.

Loneliness is felt most acutely when you’ve spent some time at a high vibration, being aligned (and therefore more connected to your Inner Being), and then you find yourself outside the Vortex. And now, outside the Vortex, you notice the disconnect and the discomfort is what you interpret as an emptiness or a loneliness. You’re lonely for your alignment; for your vortexy self.

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How to overcome feeling of loneliness:

- Let go of resistance and negative beliefs regarding being on your own. Soothe the voice that says that “being alone is not ok” with soft words of ease, kindness, softness and relief.

- Catch and pivot thoughts away from thoughts like: “I feel so alone” or “I wish I had someone” or “nobody loves me”. Thoughts like these and focusing on these kinds of feelings, is the reason that sometimes you feel alone and they just let this negative feeling gain momentum. Stop thinking the thoughts that make you feel alone or that make you feel anything less than “love”.

- Abraham say that you do not overcome loneliness through finding people to fill the void. You never did want to fill that void with other people. That is truly looking for love in all the wrong places. That’s looking for alignment in all the wrong places. Instead, look for your own alignment with your own Source, with your own Inner Being.
When you find alignment, you’re happy and not lonely even when you are by yourself.
Incidentally, when you find alignment you are also happy when you are with others.
When you’re aligned you feel good unconditionally, no matter whether you’re with people or not.

- Reach for connecting with your full Source Self: You do this by gradually raising your vibration, spending more time in alignment and tapping into how Source feels about everything around you – which is always very very feel-good.
When you are really in alignment, you are blended with the whole of who you are, and that is the opposite of lonely. That’s full!

- Remind yourself that you are Source energy in physical form, and Source energy is something BIG. Source energy is the opposite of “alone”. Source energy is “everyone and everything together”. So you are never alone because you have your Inner Being with you always; Source is always with you, and all that’s within Source (which includes all the energies of all the Source collective consciousness that ever was and is). So even when you are physically in a room by yourself, spiritually you are always part of a big whole, and therefore are never alone in a spiritual sense. It is impossible for you to ever be alone because you ARE Source energy and that connection is always thre even if you don’t feel it. Your Inner Being / Source is always there, loving you, caring about you, wanting the best for you, guiding you and rooting for you.

- Practice: Practice feeling good. Practice positive thoughts. Practice tuning to Source. Practice acknowledging you have an Inner Being and Source. Practice yourself into a higher vibration whre you are incapable of feeling lonely.

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Side Note: All this talk of “you’re never alone even when you’re by yourself” doesn’t mean you should strive to be alone more and that you shouldn’t seek out people ever. Abraham say:
“We’re not trying to talk you into being alone.
We just want you to understand that you don’t need to be
with anyone else to have full alignment.
And in full alignment, others who have full alignment will join you.”

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Abraham Hicks on Worry

After listening to some Abe videos on the subject of worry, here are some notes summarizing their message as I understood it:

What is worry according to Abraham Hicks?

  • Worry is when you want something – but are thinking about possibilities that are in opposition of it.
    (eg you want to be safe, you want to succeed, you want to make sure you get that thing you want, you want to be liked… but are thinking something in opposition of those)
  • Worry is: “I want this but… I want this but…”
  • Worry is an indicator of where you are on the emotional guidance scale.
  • Worry is an emotional indicator that you’re focused on thoughts that don’t feel good. Your worry leads to an emotion that’s saying “This thought isn’t helping”.
  • So, if worry tells you that your thought isn’t serving you, worry can be seen as an emotional indicator to ease up and soothe yourself
  • Worry is an emotional indicator that you may be slowing down the momentum on what you *do* want.
  • Worry is an indicator that on this particular subject, you have some beliefs that you need to soothe and do some work on.
    Worry may be the tip of the iceberg, and underneath it are other breliefs that need work. For example, behind a worry about public speaking there may be a fear of failure; or behind a worry about being late for something may be a fear of upsetting or displeasing others; so every layer of the onion would benefit from being soothed to make them “less of a big deal” and to make the whole situation easier on you.

How to deal with worry & how to overcome it:

  • Soothe the worries:
    It can be helpful to reach for soothing words that talk yourself down from the worry. You know you’re doing it right when your soothing thoughts lead to feelings of relief.
    Examples soothing phrases:
    - maybe the worst won’t happen
    - even if this goes wrong, it’s not *that* important – I’ll still survive
    - maybe it’ll turn out ok
    - maybe I’ll do well in this
    - people have done this before and have been ok, so I could too.
  • Shift your focus to better-feeling thoughts:
    Focus less specifically on that worry of what could go wrong. Instead, shift your focus in a better feeling direction. Try to focus on:
    - what is working,
    - what can work
    - what the best case situation can be
  • Recall positive memories:
    Recall times well things go well (for you or for others). Recall times when everything usually works out just fine. It is rare that something goes wrong.
  • Positive affirmations:
    Sometimes these can work, for example:
    - No matter what, I will work it out.
  • Practice:
    Practice self-soothing, positive focus and the above techniques more and more over time.
    The first time you do it, it may be tricky to come up with the words but the more you do it the better you get at it.
    The more you do it the  better you get at reducing worry over time.
  • Shift your focus to something else entirely:
    If thoughts on the subject are too charged and there’s too much momentum going about them so that every time you try to think of the positive end of the stick you still feel some discomfort because it’s still activating the “unwanted” end of the stick, then either shift your focus onto something else entirely or take drastic action like:
    - Take a nap
    - Go to sleep for the day
    - Go meditate

The result of taking these steps to overcome worry is that you:

  • Train your Faith that everything is working out for you (even before you see evidence of this).
  •  Train your optimism. Your Source knows that what you want is “there” if you just line up with the wanted end of the stick rather than with the unwanted. The vibration of the positive end of the stick is there – you just have to train yourself to hear it more often. This takes desire and a willingness to try.
  • Train your vibration consistently to vibrate at a better-feeling place. The happier you are more consistently, the less you worry.
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