2010-12-31

我是谁 之八

【原文】

Seeing beauty in a flower can awaken you, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of  your own innermost being, your true nature. Joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Flowers can become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves,. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerge, are like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only have a scent that is delicate and pleasing, but also bring a fragrance from the realm of spirit.

When you are alert and contemplate a flower with out naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you in to the formless. There is an inner opening , however slight, into the spiritual dimension.

【译文】

看到花之美丽,哪怕只有片刻,就能使你苏醒,并意识到美乃是你自己的内在本质,是你的天性。愉悦与爱与这种美的认识内在相通。花朵成为一种表达,代表我们内在的高级,神圣,终极之无形之物。比起枝干,花朵转瞬即逝,空灵飘渺且娇嫩纤细。如同域外的使者,如同物质世界与无形世界间的桥梁。它们不仅有轻柔爽心的清香,更能带来心灵世界的芬芳。

当你清醒的注视花朵,不在心中给她冠名,她就会为你开启一扇窗,通向无形。心灵维度轻轻向你敞开。

【心得】

想到了王阳明“庭前格竹”的故事。这种藉由观察外物而通达内心的方式,很类似于王阳明的学说。这种格物,也就是对世上万物的探究,其目的乃是明白自己的内心。万物都有其美。万物都因此相同。通过观察发现眼前是物的美,使自己的内心与之共鸣。心灵之窗的洞开,全在者微不足道的一草一花一目。人们所需要的,只是慢下来,甚至驻足一会儿,让心灵有机会释放。

俗话说,一把钥匙开一把锁。这开心的钥匙,却是数不清的。只是,看你愿不愿西慢下来,去开心锁了。

2010-12-30

我是谁 之七

【原文】

How do you let go of attachment to things? Don't even try. It's impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them. In the meantime, just be aware of your attachment to things.Sometimes you may not know that you are attached to something, which is to say, identified, until you lose it or there is the threat of loss. If you then become upset, anxious, and so on, it means you are attached. If you are aware that you are identified with a thing, the identification is no longer total. "I am the awareness that is aware that there is attachment." That's the beginning of the transformation of consciousness.
When you contemplate the unfathomable depth of space or listen to the silence in the early hours just before sunrise, something within you resonates with it as if in recognition. You then sense the vast depth of space as your own depth, and you know that precious stillness that has no form to be more deeply who you are than any of the things that make up the content of your life.
The twofold reality of the universe, which consists of things and space -- thingness and no-thingness-- is also your own. A sane, balanced, and fruitful human life is a dance between the two dimensions that make up reality: form and space. Most people are so identified with the dimension of form, with sense perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, that the vital hidden half is missing from their lives. Their identification with form keeps them trapped in ego.
Just as space enables all things to exist and just as without silence there could be no sound, you would not exist without the vital formless dimension that is the essence of who you are. We could say "God" if the word had not been so misused. I prefer to call it Being. Being is prior to existence. Existence is form, content, "what happens." Existence is the foreground of life; Being is the background, as it were.
The collective disease of humanity is that people are so engrossed in what happens, so hypnotized by the world of fluctuating forms, so absorbed in the content of their lives, they have forgotten the essence, that which is beyond content, beyond form, beyond thought. They are so consumed by time that they have forgotten eternity, which is their origin, their home, their destiny. Eternity is the living reality of who you are.

【译文】

如何才能与物质分离,获得解脱?不可强求,因为强求也不可得。只有当你不再是同从事物中寻找自我时,对于事物的依赖才能自行消亡。停止寻找自我的同时,仍要持续关注你对事物的依赖。有时,你依赖于某些事物而不自知,只有当你失去或将要失去这种依赖时,才会有所觉察。如果这是你感到失落,焦虑等等,就意味着你存在着依赖。当你意识到某事某物代表着你时,这种代表性就不再是完整的了。“我是注意到这种依赖关系的觉知。”这就是意识转变的开始。
当你审视空间的浩淼或者倾听日出前的几个小时的静寂,你自身的某些部分就像是与其相识似的与之共鸣。你会感觉那空间的广阔深远就是你的深度,你会知道那宝贵且无形的寂静比做成你生命的所有有形之物更能代表深层次的你。

宇宙的真实具有两面性:事物与空间,有形与无形。你也如此。健全,平衡,富有成果的人生是在现实的形态与空间这两个维度之间的舞蹈。大多数人附着于形态这一维度,附着于直觉,思维,情绪。那重要的无形的一半在他们的生活中确实了。附着于形态使得他们深陷与自我之中。
就如同空间使万物得以生存其中,又如同没有寂静便没有声音,失去了无形的那一维度,你便不能生存。无形的那一维度才是你存在的核心。如果“上帝”一词不是被乱用做了其他的意思,我们大可以将这无形之维度成为“上帝”。而我,更乐于称其为“存在”(Being)。“存在”高于实存(existence)。实存是指形态,内容,“发生的事”。实存是生活前台;而“存在”则是生活的背景,历来如此。①

人类有一个通病:人们总是全神贯注于正在发生的事情,被这个变动不居的有形世界所催眠,被他们生活的内容而吸引而忘记了生活的本质。超越内容,超越形态,超越思维的本质。 人们被时间所消耗而忘记了永恒。忘记了永恒乃是人们的起源,家园和宿命。永恒是“我是谁”的鲜活现实。

【心得】
①对于Being 与Existence的辨析,请参考这里 http://www.cctv.com/lm/131/61/85949.html 。简单来说,这两个词的中文翻译,都是存在。这其实是对后者的错误翻译。Being翻译成存在,意指一切的本源。这一切包含了时间,空间,事物在内的所有范畴。existence则只适用于事物之一范畴,是指事物作为实体而存在。这里我采用何光沪的说法,使用“实存”作为existence的中译。

2010-12-06

我是谁 之六

【原文】
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,” Jesus said, "For theirs is the kingdom of heaven." What does "poor in spirit" mean? No inner baggage, no identifications. Not with things, nor with any mental concepts that have a sense of self in them. And what is the "kingdom of heaven"? The simple but profound joy of Being that is there when you let go of identifications and so become "poor in spirit".

【译文】
“心灵简单虚空的人有福了”,耶稣有言:“因为天国是他们的”①。心灵简单虚空指的是什么呢?没有内在负担,没有各种确认证明。不执着于事,或者与自我有关的思维观念。 什么又是“天国”呢?即当你放弃确认证明,成为心灵简单虚空后得到的单纯而深刻的存在的喜悦。

【心得】
①出自新约圣经『马太福音』,是论福的第一句话。对于这句话的翻译我参考了这里和这里。
对于圣经,我的知识是零。因此在了解作者对于圣经的这句“心灵简单虚空的人有福了”这句话时就格外的费力些。心灵空虚,缺少与物的附着,正是使得人们的本性得以独立存在的前提。没有附着于事物之上,受事物的影响就少,就越容易能超越羁绊,达到不以物喜,不以己悲的状态。

2010-11-10

我是谁 之五


【原文】
When you become aware of the transience of all forms, your attachment to them lessens, and you disidentify from them to some extent. Being detached does not mean that you cannot enjoy the good that the world has to offer. In fact, you enjoy it more. Once you see and accept the transience of all things and the inevitability of change, you can enjoy the pleasures of the world while they last without fear of loss or anxiety about the future. When you are detached, you gain a higher vantage point from which to view the events in your life instead of being trapped inside them.

【译文】
所有形之物都转瞬即逝。意识到这一点,你便能减少对他们的依赖,并一点点的从有形之物中独立出来。这种独立并不意味着你就不能享受这世界所给与的物质的美好了。事实上,你将更加懂得享受。当你明白并且接受所有事物都是转瞬即逝、变动不居的,你便能在欢愉仍在时尽情享受,而不害怕失去或担心未来。一旦你脱离了物质的羁绊,便会得到审视自己生命中各种事件的制高点,而不是陷入其中而不自知。

【心得】
人们喜欢了解事物。被清楚了解的事物往往就进入了自己的控制之中。若想了解自己是谁,得先站得远些高些,从远处或者高处观察审视自己。这种视角的获得,需要将自己同各种有形的事物划分出些界限,分清楚什么是我,什么是物。有了这样的视角,才可以不以物喜,不以己悲。一切都在发生,请欣然接受。

2010-11-04

Athens Half Marathon Runners, Let Me Show You How to get your running proof photos, for free

If you participated the Athens, GA half Marathon like me, you probably already got several emails from the PBC Sports Photography telling you that your photo are ready. When I got this email, I was so excited and went to their website to see the photos of my girlfriend, my friends, and of course myself. This is our first half marathon and we trained very hard for it. I finished 42 overall and 8th in my age group. Qing met her goal to finish in 2 hours. We all want the proof for sure. Plus, I managed to smile to every each photographer while I was running and I want to share the smile with all my family and friends.

So, you can imagine how happy I was when I saw my photos following the link in that email. After browsing all my picture, I naturally right licked the mouse on the photo and expected to see the right-click menu with the "save image as" option. Sadly, nothing happened. Then I realized that this side banned the right-mouse-click to prevent people from downloading pics directly.

Well, that's nothing new. They are trying to sell the pictures to you. That's the whole purpose of the business. They took your picture, give you some low resolution ones to preview, and sell you the high resolution ones. I think it's a good idea. The thing is, I do not have that $50 and I can survive with low resolution pics. (If you upload your photos to facebook or other picture hosting services, they probably will down sample it anyway.) So I decide to get the pictures on the website.

It's actually very simple, you go to the website following the link in your email, after it is fully loaded, copy and paste the code bellow into the address box of your browser and hit "Enter" key on your keyboard. A small window will popup, just click the small "OK" button on it. Now you can use right mouse click on the website.

javascript:alert(document.oncontextmenu='')

This is one more thing: when I right click on the photo I want to save, there is no the "save image as" option in the right-click menu. I used "save page as" option instead and save the webpage. When save the webpage, be sure to choose the "save as type" to be "webpage, complete". If you have multiple photos to save, just left click on the small version of the photo you want to download on the left side, and then right click and save the webpage. The program will warn you the same files are already there. Just choose overwrite when asked (Believe me, nothing critical will be overwritten).

When all this is done, just go the folder the webpage was saved. You will see one html file and a folder with the same name, go into the folder, you pictures will be there. There are going to be a lot files in the folder. Just sort the files by size. Your photos will be the JPG files with largest file size.

Enjoy.

2010-11-02

我是谁 之四

【原文】
You are human being. What does that mean? Mastery of life is not a question of control, but of finding a balance between human and Being. Mother, father, husband, wife, young, old, the roles you play, the functions you fulfill, whatever you do——all that belongs to the human dimension. It has its place and needs to be honored, but in itself it is not enough for a fulfilled, truly meaningful relationship or life. Human alone is never enough, no matter how hard you try or what you achieve. Then there is Being. It is found in the still, alert presence of Consciousness itself, the Consciousness that you are. Human is form. Being is formless. Human and Being are not separate but interwoven.


【译文】
你作为人而存在。这是什么意思?这意味这对生命的掌握不在于能否操控它,而是找到“人”与“存在”之间的平衡。你或许是个母亲,父亲,丈夫,妻子。无论你青春年少或是垂垂老矣,也无论你扮演怎样的角色,身肩何种职责,你的所作所为,都属于你为“人”的这个维度。当然,这些值得赞扬,但却不足以代表完整真实且有意义的关系或者生活。只是做“人”是不够的,无论你在这一方面如何努力如何成功。
“存在”必不可少。
“存在”只在静止的警醒的当下的意识之中。这意识就是“你存在”。“人”是有形的,“存在”是无形的,这二者互相交织,密不可分。


【心得】
英语真有趣啊。我是谁这个问题有两个关键词,“我”与“是”。这个问题的答案是“Human Being”,对应的翻译就是人与存在。问题也就是答案。“Who am I”或者“What am I” 答案,都是以“I am” 开头的。“我”“是”或者我“存在”。而这两个词后面跟着什么,并不是最重要的。

我可以作为这个或者那个存在,但是只有一点是关键。我存在。

2010-10-15

我是谁 之三


【原文】
Ego arises when your sense of Beingness, of "I Am," which is formless consciousness, gets mixed up with form. This is the meaning of identification. This is forgetfulness of Being, the primary error, the illusion of absolute separateness that turns reality into a nightmare.

Ego is always identification with form, seeking yourself and thereby losing yourself in some form. Forms are not just material objects and physical bodies. More fundamental than the external forms —— things and bodies——are the thought forms that continuously arise in the field of consciousness.

【译文】
自我的出现,来自于人对存在或者“我存在”这些无形之物的觉知与具体的形态的混淆。自我是认同感,也是对存在的遗忘。这些导致事物是绝对分离的幻觉。这个致命的错误,将现实弄得一塌糊涂。

自我总是寻求与各种具体形态的认同,这种寻找必将导致你强调某些形态,却忽视其他一些。形态并非仅是物质。比那些外在的形态——也即各种事物——更基本的,是以思维形式存在的形态。他们在意识中不停闪现。

【心得】
如果有人对你说,想法是物体,你能接受么?我想我能。我们不能“看见”想法,也无法听到,但是当它出现时,你知道。
我们不知道想法是怎么出现的,但是它总是不停的冒出来——尤其是在你无所事事的时候。如果你能接受思维是事物,是形态,就可以了。
这一段除了这个,没有将别的额外意思。

2010-10-13

我是谁 之二

【原文】
Equating the physical sense-perceived body with "I", the body that is destined to grow old, wither, and die, always leads to suffering sooner or later. To refrain from identifying with body doesn't mean that you neglect, despise, or no longer care for it. If it is strong, beautiful, or vigorous, you can enjoy and appreciate those attributes——while they last. You can also improve the body's condition through right nutrition and exercise. If you don't equate the body with who you are, when beauty fades, vigor diminishes or the body becomes incapacitated, this will not affect your sense of worth or identity in any way. In fact, as the body begins to weaken, the formless dimension, the light of consciousness, can shine more easily through the fading form.


【译文】
将感觉/知觉到的肉身等同於“我”,迟早会给人打来痛苦。肉身注定会衰老,枯萎,凋零。不将肉身当作我,并非是教你忽视,鄙视乃至于不再关心身体。若有强壮身体,充沛精力或俊美面容,我们不但该趁着它们逝去之前尽情享受并感激它们,更应加强营养与锻炼以增强与改善它们。只是,如果我们不将身体与“我”等同起来,就不会在容颜老去,精力减退,身体衰弱时,受到它们对个人的价值的判断和身份认同的影响。实际上,当身体开始衰老时,那不依赖于形体的意识之光便能更容易穿透正在腐朽逝去的形态,散发出耀眼的光彩。


【心得】
《我是谁 之一》中提到了,“我是谁”这个问题的答案,并不能“以我是某某”这样的形式来回答。这里强调的是,我不是我的身体。身体这一物质形态,注定了将在世间承受苦痛。它将在某些时刻强大无比,充满活力,也将会衰老,变弱,最终消失。虽然”我“最终也会伴随身体消失,但身体并不能等同与“我”。 “我”完全可以不受身体痛苦的限制,自由的探索与生活。

2010-10-06

我是谁 之一

【原文】

The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I AM.


【译文】

我是谁?
这个问题的终极答案,不是我是这个我是那个,而是我存在。


【心得】

我们几乎每天都在回答“我是谁”这个问题,尤其是在遇到新朋友的做自我介绍时。而答案,无非是,我是清阳,我是学生,我是心理学专业的学生,我是中国人,我是留学生,我跑步,我是父母的儿子,母亲的哥哥,女友的男友... 仔细想想,这些无非是在给自己贴一个标签了事。这些标签无非是为了简化自己,以图让别人(或别人的思维)认识其我来更加容易些。

这些答案都没有错,但没有一个是完全描述自己的。它们只能算部分真实,因为它们有可能是变化的。比如,在未来的某些时候,我可以不再是学生,也可能不再搞心理学,也可能成为其他国家的公民,也会从男友变成丈夫... 这些变动不居的标签,只适合某一时间和空间.

如果要用高度概括的话来涵盖所有的事实,除了这一句“我存在”更合适的了。这句话看似没有任何具体信息,其实却传达了一个非常重要的观点:我是什么并非十分重要,而是在这一刻,我存在着,作为学生,跑者,男性,儿子,哥哥,男友...等等这一切存在着。这才是根本,才是最真实也最重要的。

2010-10-04

[健康] Oct. 2nd, Nuci’s SPACE 5k

I have to say Oct. 2nd was a nice day, sunny and calm. It was a little bit chilly but not bad at all. Not bad for a morning run. Actually, Freya did her 12 miles long run and I participated The 7th Annual S.P.A.C.E. Race 5K.

It was my second 5K race this year. The first one was the Athens Twilight 5K in April. It took me 20:04 to finish the 5K last time. This time I wanted something under 20 to set a new PR.

Freya’s long run ended at the start of my 5K. We planed her long run route the night before so she could finish her training and meet me at the start of the 5K to cheer for me. And of course, she took some photos. This is me before the race.

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My labmates John and Lauren also ran the race. Cindy participated as a volunteer. Actually it was Cindy who informed us about the Nuci’s SPACE run.

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The race started in some traditional way which I had no idea what it was. I just started running when I sensed others were moving. Smile Yes, I was at the front line.

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The whole run was OK. I did not feel very well. It was like lack of energy. I had the feeling that I wanted to go faster but I couldn’t because there was no fuel in the tank. Maybe I was too excited, I don’t know. All that I could do was to keep my pace, and keep going. that’s it…

This is me towards the finish. Freya took this photo and then the battery of the camera died. There was no video when I was passing the finish this time. We planned it, but did not check the battery.

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I finished the third overall. The final results were not posted yet as of now, but I finished under 20 minutes for sure. I am happy with the result.

After the race, a mild pancreatitis episode attacked me. I had to take pain medicine and stay in bed. The pain lasted about 8 hours. I don’t think the race is the cause of the attack. It probably would happen no matter what. It might have affected my performance. Yeah, I believe I could have done better.

Anyway, what has been done has been done. Training will continue. Looking forward to my next race, the Athens Half Marathon!

update: I found more photos here.

2010-10-03

当下的力量 之十三


【原文】

Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called "God". As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny. Even belief in God is only a poor substitute for the living reality of God manifesting every moment of your life.

【译文】

透过当下,你可以体验到生活自身的力量。传统上,这种力量被称为上帝。你一旦偏离当下,上帝便从你的生活中抽身而去,只留下一个上帝的概念。 变成了概念,便有人相信有人不信。这种情况下,即便是信仰上帝,也无法取代上帝真的无时不在。

【心得】

是啊,如果你不在当下接触生活自身的力量,那么信它存在有如何呢。

信仰上帝存在不如使上帝存在。使上帝存在,只需着眼当下,也只有这样错,才是唯一的方式。

这些天,一直接受一种信息,那就是生活不是别的,而是你的创造。无论你做什么,你都在创造自己的生活。这种创造只发生在当下。无论你着眼于过去,还是放眼于未来,一切的改变都是在现在做出的。活在当下是有道理的,不是么?因为对过去的修正或者对未来的建设,都是透过现在发生的。将精力放在当下吧,从当下开始,创造人生。

2010-10-02

当下的力量 之十二


【原文】

Your primary purpose is to enable consciousness to flow into what you do. The secondary purpose is whatever you want to achieve through the doing. Whereas the notion of purpose before was always associated with future, there is now a deeper purpose that can only be found in the present, through the denial of time.

Your secondary or outer purpose lies within the dimension of time, while your main purpose is inseparable from the Now and therefore requires the negation of time. How are they reconciled? By realizing that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step your are taking at this moment. There is always only this one step, and you give it your fullest attention. This doesn't mean you don't know where you are going; it just means this step is primary, the destination secondary. And what you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.


【译文】

人生的首要目标便是唤醒意识,使之关注行动。而行动所收获的,无论它是什么,相比之下都是次要的。以前,目标这一概念总是与未来相联系的,但现在我们知道更深层次的目标只能通过否定时间,在当下获得。

次要目标或外部目标的存在依赖于时间。而主要目标则与当下密不可分,且否定时间。这二者如何统一?这需要意识到我们的生命旅程乃是由当下迈出的每一步所构成的。当下只有这一小步,需要你对它全神贯注。 这不是说你不需要了解前进的方向,只是强调迈出当前这一步的重要性,以及终点的相对次要。在生命的终点你将遇到什么取决于当前这一步如何迈出。
换句话说:你当前的意识状态决定你的未来。


【心得】

有很多人该听过拖延症这个词(如果没听说过,去Google一下或者看一下维基百科上的词条:英文中文),是指人做事不拖到最后一刻不动手。在最后一刻到来之前,拖延症患者会做各种无关的事情来消磨时间。无论造成这样的病症的原因是什么,所有的拖延者都有着相同的特点:对自己当下的行为视而不见,不加引导,任凭自己在当下如失去灵魂般的做与自己需要完成的事情相差十万八千里的闲白儿。

这个过程中,个体的意识不在当下。整个人做的事情无非是让自己麻痹,不去因对未来的失败的恐惧和担忧或者对过去的失误而懊悔和抱怨。然而,恐惧与失误却一刻不会离开他们,因为他们的意识一刻也没有离开过去和未来。

解决这个问题的方法只有一个,把意识拉回到当下。在当下,不存在失败或失误,也没有担忧和懊悔存在的空间。在当下,只有一个问题:怎样行动。以行动回答这个问题,所有的问题就解决了。
把意识置于当下,是人生的首要目标。开始正确的行动,是第二位的。置于行动的结果,在我看来应该是第三位的了。

要注意到,无论意识是否是在关注当下,减轻拖延带来的焦虑的方法,都是行动。没有意识的盲目行动只是从焦虑中逃避,行为的结果常常是带来更严重的压力;有意识引导的正确行动不但减轻焦虑,更可以从根本上消除焦虑。

因此要消除拖延,就必须活在当下。

当然活在当下并不只是为了消除拖延。将意识拉回当下,关注行为,可以消除很多本不该有的压力,可以引导人们发现生活之美,之幸福。清楚了这一点,就掌握了幸福生活的钥匙。接下来,请行动吧。

2010-09-26

当下的力量 之十一

【原文】
Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. This is why we my also call it Presence.
  The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.

【译文】
觉醒是一种力量,封印于当下。这也是我们成觉醒为“存在”的原因。
人类,或者说你自己,存在的终极目标,就是唤醒这种力量。

【心得】
作者在这里说,人类的目标是将觉醒的力量唤醒。我理解这种觉醒的力量的作用,是对宇宙,世界,自然以及自身的关注。

而所有这些也都存在于当下,不是么?

曾看到一篇文章,讲到世上最浪费时间的事情(原文章在这里,值得一读)。作者列举了三件事情:第一件是担忧(worry),第二件是抱怨(blame)。这两件事情,前者是面向未来,后者是面向过去。两者共同的是,不自知的消耗当下。作者提到的另外一件,是Judgement。这个Judgement跟我们前面提到的给人和事贴标签、归类是一回事儿。这又当归因于我们的思维有限性。当然,这并不是什么通过行为统计得来的科学结论,但是道理却非常清楚。 这些事情都无益于我们的生活,因此做这些事情,是明白无误的浪费生命。

2010-09-21

当下的力量 之十

【原文】
The elimination of time from your consciousness is the elimination of ego. It is the only true spiritual practice.... What we are speaking of is the elimination of psychological time, which is the egoic mind's endless preoccupation with past and future and its unwillingness to be one with life by living in alignment with the inevitable isness of the present moment.
Whenever a habitual no to life turns into a yes, whenever you allow this moment to be as it is, you dissolve time as well as ego. For the ego to survive, it must make time—— past and future——more important than the present moment.
Time is the horizontal dimension of life, the surface layer of reality. Then there is the vertical dimension of depth, accessible to you only through the portal of the present moment.


【译文】
有意识的放弃时间的概念就是要放弃自我。这是唯一真正的灵修...我们这里所指的是放弃心理上的时间,是指自我用过去和未来无休止的占据思维,而拒绝与生命统一,拒绝承认或者活在当下。
当习惯性的拒绝变成接受,当你承认当下时刻的本来面目,你就消解了时间和自我。自我通过强调时间的重要性才得以存在,它尤其是强调过去与未来的重要性高于当下。
时间是生命的水平维度,是现实的表象。生活还有一个具有深度的垂直维度,只有在当下才能遇见进入这一维度的大门。


【心得】
会生活的人,不但关心自己能活多久,更关心自己的生活质量。
寿命,是以时间度量的生命。虽然活到很大的年纪引人羡慕,但是生活品质,或者这里提到的深度不够,那么生命的意义便平凡许多。
生命的深度的发掘与生命长度的探索,两相并不违背。一种关注肉体存在,一种关注心灵成长。两相应当平衡:因为,具有深度的生命,其存在更值得延长。

2010-09-19

当下的力量 之九

【原文】
The most important, the primordial relationship in your life is your relationship with the Now, or rather with whatever form the Now takes, that is to say, what is or what happens. If your relationship with the Now is dysfunctional, that dysfunction will be reflected in every relationship and every situation you encounter. The ego could be defined simply in this way: a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment. It is at this moment that you can decide what kind of relationship you want to have with the present moment.


    “Do I want the present moment to be my friend or my enemy?" The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of relationship you want to have with life. Once you have decided you want the present to be your friend, it is up to you to make the first move: Become friendly toward it, welcome it no mater in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you: people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes our entire reality. But that one decision you have to make again and again and again—— until it becomes natural to live in such a way.


【译文】
人一生之中所处的各种关系之中,最重要的最根本的不是与当下所采用的形式的关系而是与当下的关系。换句话说,与任何与任何事物的关系都不如如当下的关系重要。如果你与当下的关系处理得不好,这将会影响你与所有事物与情境的关系。我们可以这样定义自我【ego】:与当下关系的一种不良状态。而现在,你就可以决定与当下保持怎样的关系。


“我想要当下成为朋友还是敌人?” 当下与生活是不可分割的,因此当你问自己这个问题是,你实际上是在决定与生活保持怎样的关系。若你决定与当下做朋友,就应该首先采取行动,主动示好,无论它以何种表象出现,都敞开胸怀欢迎它。然后,你会很快看到变化:生活也会向你示好,各种境况开始帮助你。这个决定改变了我们的整个现实。不过,你得一而在,再而三的做同样的决定,直到这成为你自然而然的行为方式。


【心得】
与当下做朋友,关键是要有一种接受一切的胸怀。对所有的事物都采取一种理解与包容的态度,就是拥有了自然的情怀。自然与宇宙无所不包,我们要与自然为友自然就要无所不容。没有了敌人,没有了反对物,也就没有障碍,一切将会顺利起来。

2010-09-15

当下的力量 之八

【原文】


People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness, that is to say, dependent on form. They don't realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. They look upon the present moment as either marred by something that has happened and shouldn't have or as deficient because of something that has not happened but should have. And so they miss the deeper perfection that is inherent in life itself, a perfection that is always already here, that lies beyond what is happening or not happening, beyond form.


Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any form and untouched by time.

【译文】
人们通常认为自己的幸福有赖于外在发生的事件,或者说有赖于“形态”。他们却不知道这些正在发生的时间是宇宙中最不稳定的东西,变动不居。他们认为当下要么是被本不该发生的事情弄得一塌糊涂,要么是因为本该发生事情没发生而先天不足。因此,他们不懂得深度完美是生活本身所固有的,一直存在着。这种完美超越了发生或未发生的事情,也超越所有“形态”。


接受当下,体验深度完美。完美不为形态或时间所左右。

【心得】
时间易逝。


所有依赖于时间的事物同样如此。


这一秒与上一秒和下一秒,从形态上讲都是不同的。相同的是,他们都曾经,正在或者将要出现于当下。接受当下,也就接受了过去,也默认接受了未来。从这一点上讲,接受当下并不会使我们失去任何东西。


接受当下,就不会被自己的幻想与幻觉所蒙蔽。当下是怎样的就是怎样的。试图为当下寻找解释寻找原因的努力只是浪费时间——事物是普遍联系的。这种寻找往往以抱怨当下而告终:是啊,当下太不完美了,因为找不到完美的解释。岂不知,我们的思维所认为的完美,无非是一种对自然对宇宙的试图简化。然为简化为完美,当然离真实完美背道而驰。真正的完美,深度完美无需思维来解构。真正一团糟糕或者先天不足的正是思维本身。接受当下,观察当下。完美就在其中,完美就是当下本身。

2010-09-11

当下的力量 之七


【原文】
There are three ways in which the ego will treat the present moment: as a means to an end, as an obstacle, or as an enemy.
When you react against the form that Life takes at this moment, when you treat the Now as a means, an obstacle, or an enemy, you strengthen your own form identity, the ego. Hence the ego's reactivity. What is reactivity? Becoming addicted to reaction. The more reactive you are, the more entangled you become with form. The more identified with form, the stronger the ego. Your Being then does not shine through form anymore -- or only barely.


【译文】
自我通常将当下时刻视为障碍,敌人或是通往终结的手段。
当你逆生活在当下的形态而动,或者将当下视当下为手段、障碍或敌人时,就是在增强你自身的身份的形态——即自我。同时也增强了自我的反应性。这反应性是什么?就是对反应的沉溺。你越是反应积极,就越同形态上的东西纠结一处。越是认同形态,自我就越强大。直到你的存在之光很难再穿透各种形态的包围。


【心得】
这一段要同 当下的力量 之四 一起来看才容易看懂。
所有存在着的事物都是当下的形态。这些形态与自我(ego)是格格不入的。自我视他们为敌人,为障碍,为手段。如果我们与自我站在一边儿,以同样的眼光看待这些形态,我们就会被自我所蒙蔽,收到自我的摆布。要知道,自我并不是真实的存在,而是真实的“我”在思维中的反映。思维又是简单的,非自然的,主观的且充满谬误的。因此,如果我们站在自我一边,并站在当下的对立面,就一定会迷失在自我的迷雾中。

2010-09-07

当下的力量 之六

【原文】

Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.

  Why do anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. And why did you do that? You thought something else was more important. You forgot your main purpose. One small error, one misperception, creates a world of suffering.

【I文】

当你紧张或者焦虑时,你是受到外在信念的控制。你忽略了内在目标,忘记了自己的意识状态是第一位的,其他的都是第二位的。

为什么焦虑、紧张或者消极态度会出现?因为你背弃了当下时刻。你为什么要这么做呢?因为你忽略了自己的主要目标,反而认为其他的事情更重要。这样一个小过失,一个小误解,带来无尽的痛苦。

【心得】

如果我们把注意力放在当下,就不会产生各种无谓的痛苦了。人们确实很少对当下的事情焦虑和紧张。焦虑和紧张多半来自于对于未知的未来的恐惧。当事情真正的发生时,我们没有精力来紧张或者焦虑,我们所有的的精力都放在了当前的行动上才可能解决问题。

如果注意力都被放在过去与未来,而不是用来指导在当下的行动,那么走错路,甚至掉到陷阱中这样的事都是难免的。

至于为什么说内在意识状态是第一位的,这里先不说,以后会提到。

2010-09-04

当下的力量 之五

【原文】

Most egos have conflicting wants. They want different things at different times or may not even know what they want except that they don’t want what is: the present moment.

  To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let be. Does this mean you can no longer take action to bring about change in your life? On the contrary. When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of Life itself.

【译文】

自我有许多互相冲突的欲望。这些欲望变来变去摇摆不定。它们甚至不知道自己想要什么,却明确无误的不要“当下”这个时刻。

与当下存在的事物保持一致意味着发自内心的“不抗拒当下”,意味着不评价当下事物的好坏,意味着顺其自然。

这是否表示你不能采取行动来改变自己的生活呢?不。恰恰相反,当你的行动是基于“内心与当下的一致”的时候,这个行动就被生活自身的智慧赋予力量。

【心得】

顺其自然的对所有事情采取接受的态度。不用思考去评判事物,也不用思考去影响行动。

让行动基于当下,顺从当下的状态。做使你内心快乐的事情。

2010-09-03

当下的力量 之四

【原文】

Whatever is or happens is the form that the Now takes. As long as you resist it internally, form, that it to say, the world, is an impenetrable barrier that separates you from who you are beyond form, separates you from the formless one Life that you are. When you bring an inner yes to the form the Now takes, that very form becomes a doorway into the formless. The separation between the world and God dissolves.

If you resist what happens, you are at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness.

【译文】

所有存在的事物和发生的时间,都是当下的形态。如果你暗自反抗当下, 形态,或者说世界,便成为一个无法洞穿的隔膜,将你同无形、统一且超越了形态的你分离开。如果你从内心接受当下的形态,这个形态就会成为你进入无形状态的大门。在那里,上帝与世界的隔阂消失。

如果你对抗发生在当下的事物,那么你将会受它们的摆布,你的幸福与不幸都由它们决定。

【心得】

对抗,不是生活之道。对抗的会助长对手的力量。就像溺水行舟逆水行舟,划行的力量愈大,阻力就愈大,保持航线就难。你能否准确的到达目的地,很大程度上取决于水的阻挡。

对抗是一种执着。

要接受当下,而不是与其对抗。与当下对抗,当下就给你更多的限制与压力。

形态这个词在这里比较重要。当下的形态与当下是不是一回事?我们该怎么看待当下的事物?为什么我们不要反抗当下的事情?

当下是一个总称,一个概念性总括性的东西。包含了所有的形态。形态是当下的表现形式,存在于当下,是当下的一部分。

我们对于存在于当下的事物的影响力,微乎其微。这里不只是说个人的影响力,即便是全人类的影响力,比起浩瀚的宇宙来说,也算不了什么。人类也许能破坏地球,使得自己毁灭,或者使地球更适合人类生存,无论哪样,地球在银河系也只是微不足道的一个小星球罢了。

不要反抗当下的事情,主要是指不要沉溺对过去事情的追溯懊悔或者对未来事情的幻想。不是不可以,而是不要沉溺。因为只要在当下,我们才能行动,才能做出哪怕是一点点的影响。这点影响相对整个宇宙虽然式微,但是对于的个体却相当重要。个体的幸福有赖于此。

2010-08-31

当下的力量 之三

Everything seems to be subject to time, yet it all happens in the Now. That is the paradox. Wherever you look, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence for the reality of time – a rotten apple, your face in the bathroom mirror compared to your face in a photo taken thirty years ago – yet you never find any direct evidence, you never experience time itself. You only ever experience the present moment, or rather what happens in it. If you go by direct evidence only, there is no time, and the Now is all there ever is.

【译文】

所有事物看上去都隶属于时间,而实际上,它们都发生在当下。这是个悖论。放眼望去,似乎到处都是大量的旁证证明时间的真实性:腐烂的苹果,或与三十年前的照片相比不断老去的,镜子中你现在的面庞。然而,你永远也找不到时间存在的直接证据。你从未体验过时间本身。你只经历过当前时刻,或者这个时刻里发生的事物。如果你只采信直接证据,那么时间并不存在,从来只有当下。

【心得】

今天跑步时想到,作者在这里提出我们的头脑无法感知和认识整个世界的普遍联系,其重点并不是要我们抛弃思想。重点是在于寻找认识世界统一性的方法。说思考限制了我们对世界的认识,这并不是可以贬低思考的能力与作用,而只是指出思考是有限的这个事实(或者说是作者的判断)。想明白了这一点,我就不用老纠结于“我们是靠着思维来认识到思维有限这个事实的”,也不用为我们拥有思维的能力而苦恼了。

思维有其作用。它虽然不能帮助我们认识世界的普遍联系,但是却能帮助我们去寻找正确的路。

这里,我们仍然用思维来甄别什么是证明时间存在的证据,什么证据是直接的,什么证据是间接的。我们也能通过思维来认识到,没有直接证据证明“时间”的存在,却有直接证据证明“当下”的存在。我们肯定当下的存在,并不一定要否认时间的存在。时间是否存在,对于我们认识整个世界,其实也是无关紧要的。

2010-08-28

当下的力量 之二

【原文】

Time is seen as the endless succession of moments, some “good”, so “bad”. Yet, if you look more closely, that is to say, through your own immediate experience, you find that there are not many moments at all. You discover that there is only ever this moment. Life is always now, Your entire life unfolds in the constant Now. Even past or future moments only exist when you remember or anticipate them, and you do so by thinking about them in the only moment there is: this one.

Why does it appear then as if there were many moments? Because the present moment is confused with what happens, confused with content. The space of Now is confused with what happens in that space. The confusion of the present moment with content gives rise not only to the illusion of time, but also the illusion of ego.

【译文】

乍看上去,时间是由连绵不断,无穷无尽,或好或坏的时刻组成的。其实,如果你透过自己的直接经验仔细观察,就会发现根本就没有那么多的时刻。仅有的,只是当前这个时刻。生活总是在当下,人的整个生命过程都在这永恒的“当下”展开。过去与将来的时刻,只有你在回忆或者预期它们的时候才会存在。而你能且只能在当下才能回忆或者预期。

为什么看上去会有这么多的时刻呢?因为人们把当下时刻与正在其中发生的事件搞混了,把当下这个“空间”与这个空间之中发生的事件搞混了。这种混乱不清产生两个幻觉:时间和自我。

【心得】

这点儿比较难懂。作者用当下这个概念把时间的概念结构并消弭了。或者说,把时间的存在给否定了。作者认为,所谓时间,是幻觉。自我也是幻觉。如此,并无时间,并无自我。

你看啊,所有的事情只在当下,当下之外,并无他物。世界只在当下,万物只在当下,自我与时间也在当下。

这真的是真相么?这真的有点儿超越了思维所能理解的极限了。我目前还无法理解时间的不存在。毕竟,我们太多的行为都可以通过时间来度量,描述,甚至推测了。比如,我知道明天早上我会起床,也许6点去晨跑,然后做饭吃饭。没错,我是通过对自己行为的预期知道未来我可能去做的事情的。我的预期不但是根据我当下的状态,也是根据我的习惯,换句话说,我个人的过去来推测的。如果过去与未来都是思维的错觉,那他们至少是存在的。即便我们只能在当下通过思维来接触过去与未来,可怎么也不能否认它们的存在啊?

接下往下看吧,看看能不能解决我的这个疑惑。

将当下与在当下发生的事情分离,我是能接受的。另外,说ego是错觉或者幻觉,也是难于理解的。我理解ego是思维的产物,可能是不真实的。只是可能,不是绝对。

人可以不使用思维么?有人可以么?如果人能不使用思维,才有可能将错觉与幻觉从真实中剔除出去吧。如何做到呢?

这一段引出太多问题了,我不打算尝试回答他们。记录在这里,看看下面有没有答案吧。

2010-08-26

当下的力量 之一

【原文】

The ego's greatest enemy is the present moment, which is to say, life itself.

【译文】

自我的最大敌人,就是当下,就是生活本身。

【心得】

前面提到过,过去与将来乃是思维的产物,它们都不是存在着的事物,也不是生活的一部分。而当下存在着的才是生活。生活是如何站在自我的对立面上的?我拭目以待。

啊哈,Ego在这里又出现了。那么我就试着在这里回答一下我在《超越思考 之十》中提出的问题吧。

如何区别ego和self这两个在这个语境下都可以译成“自我”的词实在是让我有点儿不知所措。在一般西方读者心中,二者的区别,根据这里这里这里,是这样的:Self是客观的,真实的自己。而Ego是Self的一部分,是思维的产物,是主观的,是我们认为自己是怎样的,或者别人认为我们是怎样的。

因为思维和意识的有限性,我们常常并不能认识完全的self。我们对于self的认知和理解也就是ego。ego中充满了各种对于self的猜想,误解。

关于佛洛伊德对于self和ego的理解,请参见维基百科这里有段来自wikipedia的摘抄,可以参考)。需要指出的是,本系列中作者的Self和ego概念,并非完全遵从弗洛伊德的定义。

如果把思维比作一面镜子,这个镜子并不平整光亮,就像先人们使用的铜镜,并不能反映出细节。或者把思维比作微风习习下的波动的湖面。把Self 放到思维的铜镜或者湖面之前,镜子里的湖面上的倒影,就是ego.

要不要把Ego和self在翻译上用不同的词呢?用哪两个词呢?

2010-08-24

超越思考 之十一

【原文】

Don't seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it. Unhappiness covers up your natural state of well-being and inner peace, the source of true happiness.

【译文】

不要刻意寻找幸福。找也找不到,因为寻找是与幸福对立的。幸福永远难以捉摸,但是从不幸中解脱的自由却是触手可得的:只需直面事实,不编造故事。不幸会掩盖你自然的良好状态和内在平和,而这些才是真正幸福的源泉。

【心得】

幸福就是没有不幸。

人生来每天都会经历各种痛苦,是注意力放在这些痛苦的事情上,会加重不幸发生的概率。总是和不幸打交道,幸福便无法进入你的生活。

而事情就是事情,引起不幸的,是我们对事情的反应。从不幸中解脱的方法,无非是把自己的对事情的反应与事情本身分开来看。有些我们能改变,有些不能。利用可以改变的那部分,我们就会从不幸中走出来。这,正是迈向幸福的第一步。什么是不可以改变的?已经发生的事情。什么是可以改变的?我们的反应。 倒霉了别沮丧。沮丧会让你更倒霉。

对于这个原则的应用,请看我的这一篇文章

2010-08-22

超越思考 之十

【原文】

Is it possible to let go of the belief that you should or need to know who you are? In other words, can you cease looking into conceptual definition to give you a sense of self? Can you cease looking  to thought for an identity?

The more you make your thoughts into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself.

Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself. When you fully accept that you don’t know, you actually enter a state of peace and clarity that is closer to who you truly are than thought could ever be.

【译文】

能放弃“你应该或者需要知道你是谁”这一执念么?能停止在概念性定义中寻找自我么? 能停止在思考中确认身份么?

你越是想通过思考来确认自己的身份,便越是自建藩篱,与自己的灵性维度相隔离。

通过思考来定义自我只会限制自我。 当你接受自己的无知,你就能进入一种平和透彻的状态,接近你的真实自我。这是靠思考则永远不能达到的。

【心得】

我一直都不是很清楚,self与ego是怎样的关系。中文都翻译成自我或者自己,好像二者是一会事儿似的。在心理学的研究中,不同的理论流派对这两个术语的定义也有不同。在日常对话中,二者又常常混淆。这篇文章里面没有对这两个词进行专门的定义,有时我觉得他们被用来表示同样的意思,有的则不是。迷糊。

2010-08-16

超越思考 之九

【原文】

When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to you life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought. A depth returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. And the greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any words, thoughts, mental labels, and images. For this to happen, you need to disentangle your sense of I, of Beingness, from all the things it has become mixed up with, that is to say, identified with.

【译文】

人们失去对奇迹的感知能力已久。当人性不能驾驭思考,反而被思考所占有那时起,这种感知就消失了。

如果你不用词语或者标签来四处标记这个世界,奇迹就会重返你的生活。深刻感也会重返你的生活。事物保持崭新与鲜活。所有奇迹中做独特的,就是对本质的自我的全新经验。这经验先于任何词语,思考,思维标签或者形象。要想达到这个全新境界,你必须将你对自我和对存在的感知从与他们交织在一起的纷繁复杂的事物中清理出来。换句话说,要用心甄选。

【心得】

在输入这一段的时候,忽然想起笛卡尔的“我思故我在”这句哲学名言。我似乎从来也没有认真想过这句话真正含义是什么。于是我搜索了一下,看到了这篇文章。豁然开朗。笛卡尔认为纯理性的思考/怀疑是判断真理的标准。而进行怀疑和思考的先觉条件必定是有一个思考者。换句话说,就是我思故我在。不是说思考决定了人的存在,而是因为看到了思考这个行为,则可以推知有个思考者存在。

我在翻译的这些《超越思考》系列文字,是让人们作为思考者的同时要觉知自己的思考。思考并不决定我们是谁,而作为思考者,我们不但对自己的思考有一个感知,而且可以进一步的对其采取行动——作者在这里推崇的行动只是关照与关注。

2010-08-14

超越思考 之八

【原文】

Neither concept or mathematical formulae can explain the infinite. No thought can encapsulate the vastness of the totailiy. Reality is a unified whole, but thought cuts it up into fragments. This gives rise to fundamental misperceptions, for example, that there are separate things and events, or that this is the cause of that. Every thought implies a perspective , and every perspective, by its very nature, implies limitation, which ultimately means that it is not true, at least not absolutely. Only the whole is true, but the whole cannot be spoken or thought. Seen from beyond the limitations of thinking and therefore incomprehensible to the human mind, everything is happening now. All that ever has been or will be is now, outside of time, which is a mental construct.

【译文】

没有概念或者公式能阐明“无穷”,也没有什么思想可以涵盖宇宙整体的广袤。现实是联合的统一体。思想只会将其分割。分割的结果是造成种种的根本性误解:比如事物可以独立存在,或这件事那件事的原因。每个想法背后都有一种观点,而每种观点本质上意味着有限。这些有限的观点不是真理,至少不是绝对真理。只有完整性是真理,这一真理无法言传也不能思辨。超越了思想的界限,站在无法为人类思维所理解的角度来看,所有的事物只在当下①。那些在当下之外的曾经的存在的和未来的事物,只不过是心理观念罢了。

【心得】

我这里不明白的是,作者一直在强调完整性,一直强调思考会割裂完整性,而在这里他却给事件打上了时间标签,写上了当下,过去和未来。

按照他的观点,过去和未来的事物,是非存在的,没有的。过去的已经消失,未来的仍未出现。真正的存在的,是互相联系的宇宙统一体,且只存于当下。可是,若无过去和未来,那么这两个词为什么会在人的语言中出现的呢?也许他会说过去和未来乃思维的产物,是幻想吧。

很想了解作者怎样看待并阐述时间在这个统一世界里有怎样的意义。

【注释】

①作者有一本非常有名的书《the power of now》,中文译名是《当下的力量》。同已经发表的书保持一致性,这里把Now 翻译成“当下”。

2010-08-09

超越思考 之七

【原文】

See if you can catch, that is to say, notice, the voice in the head, perhaps in the very moment it complains about something, and recognize it for what it is: the voice of the ego, no more than a conditioned mind-pattern, a thought. Whenever you notice that voice, you will also realize that you are not the voice, but the one who is ware of it.

In fact, you are the awareness that is aware of the voice. In the background, there is the awareness. In the foreground, there is the voice, the thinker. In this way you are becoming free of the ego, free of the unobserved mind.

【译文】

尝试一下你是否能抓住,或者说注意到,“头脑中的声音”,当它正抱怨什么的时候抓个正着。认清它的本性:它是自我的声音,一个惯性思维模式,仅此而已。当你抓住它,你便能意识到“你”并非那个声音,而是注意到它的那个人。

事实上,你是觉察到这个声音的意识。那声音作为思考者在台前亮相,意识则作为观察这在台后监控。认识到这点,你便从自我中解放,从(之前)没有受到监控的思维中获得自由。

【评论】

人不仅能思考,而且还能意识到自己思考。人不仅有认知世界的能力,而且还有认知自己的认知的能力。后者,在心理学中被称为元认知。

元认知使得人类能够认识,掌握并控制自己的思想。这是人类比大多数动物先进的地方。拥有这一能力,人类对外部世界的反应就不再是简单的条件反射。认识到人可以主宰自己的思想和行动,我们就赋予了自己极大的力量。这种力量,能带领我们排除内在或外在的干扰,达到平和。

可悲的是,大多数人并不运用自己的能力来观察自己的思维,人们让思维掌控自己,根据思维采取行动。思维经常会失去自我纠错能力,引领人们的行为进入迷雾与歧途。只有经常认识并检查自己的思维,才能能让自己脱离思维的藩篱,更加自由的认识世界,认识自己。

认识自己的思维,可以通过自省和冥想,成为观察者。

2010-08-08

CVS and RiteAid shopping planner worksheet

I always take a shopping list with me to the CVS and RiteAid store to remind me what to buy and how much I am I am going to save to play the drugstore game. That’s a great habit I must say. But I want to know more than what items should I put in the cart, like how much the total price is before and after I use any coupon, how much can I save using coupon, how should I pay the subtotal, that is to say, how much should I pay by ECB (UPR for RiteAid) and cash, and how much will I earn through their program. Of course I will know all after I check out. But knowing these before I head to the cashier will be ideal. It will help me to make better decision. A planner will be useful in this case.

    I was about to make one from scratch when I found this planner for CVS from http://bargainbriana.com. This planner is an Excel file. What you need to do is just entering the price of the item you want to buy, the value of coupons and the ECBs. The spreadsheet calculates everything for you: You will know instantly how much you need to pay, how much you are going to save or earn. It’s so great. But do not download it yet, cause I have more for you.

    Based on the planner for CVS, I made one for RiteAid. Again, it will calculate everything for you before your RiteAid trip. I put the two worksheet in the same Excel file. If you only do CVS and RiteAid, you can just keep the one you need and delete the other one. And if you do both drugstores like me, you will find it so useful. I enter the information about the items I will buy in the spreadsheet and then print it out to bring it to the store as a shopping list. If I end up buying more or less than what I planned, I edit the exit file when I am back from the shopping trip to reflect what was really done, and then save the file as a new name to document the what I did. It’s good for both planning and tracking my spending.

OK, enough talking. you can download it here.

    One more thing, when calculate the sale tax, I use 7.00% tax rate. If you have items with different tax rate, the result will not be accurate. The difference will not be significant though. Just a heads up.

Enjoy! Let me know what you think about it.

Link: CVS and RiteAid shopping planner (Excel file)

Drugstore trips on 8.6 and 8.7

This week I visited CVS twice on 8/6 and 8/7.

The first time I got Colgate toothpaste, Gillette razor and two Sobe Life water ($16 tag price), used $6.75 coupon and $7.99 ECB. Paid 0.98 out of pocket and got 7.00 ECB.

Then I found out I was about to be out of Vitamin C. I found out CVS has Ester-C BOGO and I had 2 $3/1 coupons. I just cannot miss this deal. So came the second trip to CVS. This time I got 2 bottles of Ester-C and another Colgate toothpaste ($24.57 tag price), used $6 coupon and  $8 ECB. Paid $0.74 out of pocket and got another $2 ECB to roll next week.

So, two trips to CVS, got $40.58 worth of product. Paid $1.72 out of pocket.

Good deal!

The trip to Rite Aid was also fun except that I forgot to spend my UPRs. Have to spend them next week.

At Rite Aid, I got $38.45 worth of product, used $15.25 coupons, paid $20.89 out of pocket and earned 6.55 UPRs + $10.99 SCR.

2010-08-07

超越思考 之六

【原文】

Choose an object lose to you —— a pen, a chair, a cup, a plant—— and explore it visually, that is to say, look at it with great interest, almost curiously. Avoid any objects with strong personal associations that remind you of the past, such as where you bought it, who gave it to you, and so on. Also avoid anything that has writing on it such as a book or a bottle. It would stimulate thought. Without staining, relaxed but alert, give your complete attention to the object, every detail of it. If thoughts arise, don’t get involved in them. It is not the thoughts you are interested in, but the act of perception itself. Can you take the thinking out of the perceiving? can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out? After a couple of minutes or so, let your gaze wander around the room or wherever your are, your alert attention lighting up each thing that it rests upon.

Then, listen to any sounds that may be present. Listen to them in the same way as you looked at the things around you. Some sounds may be natural —— water, wind, birds——while others are man-made. Some may be pleasant, others unpleasant. However, don’t differentiate between good and bad. Allow each sound to be as it is, without interpretation. Here too, relaxed but alert attention is the key.

When we perceive without interpreting or mental labelling, which means without adding thought to our perceptions, we can still sense the deeper connectedness underneath our perception of seemingly separate things.

【译文】

在你周围选一件物品——可以是笔,椅子,水杯或者盆栽——仔细观察一下。带着极大的兴趣甚至是好奇来观察。不要选那些待遇个人感情的物品,它们能勾起你旧时回忆,比如你是从哪里买的啦,是谁送给你的啦等等。也不要选那些有字的物品,比如书或者瓶子——字能引发思考。不要把玩,把全部的注意都投放在这个物品上,不放过每一个细节。放松但保持警觉。如果有念头或想法出现,不要管它们。你需要关心的不是想法,而只是观察。你能把想法从观察中剔除么?你能只是看而不让头脑里的声音评判,比对,下结论或者试图理解它么?这样过几分钟,让你的视线在你的周围漂移一会儿。你的警觉的注意就会使每一件进入视线的物品都鲜活起来。

然后,听一下周围的声音。用你观察周围物品的同样方式来倾听,继续保持放松且警觉的注意。有些是自然的声响——水流,风动,鸟鸣,有些则是人类活动的声响。有些悦耳,有些难听。但,请不要区分好坏,也不要试图解释。体验每种声音的原汁原味。①

当我们只是接收周围环境而不对其进行解释或者分类,也就是说不对我们的感知觉赋予想法的时候,我们仍然察觉到那些貌似分离的知觉之间的深层联系。

【评论】

通常,人们是通过思维来了解一件事物的,通过把事物分类,与其他事物类比等等方式。这里,我们遇到了另外一种说法,即便是没有思维的参与,不对事物进行思考辨别,而只是简单的观察与感受,事物之间的紧密联系一样会显现出来。不进行思考的观察才是更直接的了解世界的方式。思考会让我们忽略很多细节。而没有了细节变成了头脑中的概念的事物,离真实相差很远。

【注释】

① 这段我调整了原文语序。不然,怎么读也不通畅。

2010-08-06

超越思考 之五

【原文】

This is most people’s reality: As soon as something is perceived, it is named, interpreted, compared with something else, liked, disliked or called good or bad by the phantom self, the ego. They are imprisoned in thought forms, in object consciousness。

You do not awaken spiritually until the compulsive and unconscious naming cease, or at least you become aware of it and thus are able to observe it as it happens. It is through this constant naming that the ego remains in place as the unobserved mind. Whenever it ceases and even when you just become aware of it, there is inner space, and you are not possessed by the mind any more.

【译文】

大多数人只要观察到点儿什么,那虚幻的自我就要开始对其命名,解释,与已知事物比对;还要表示喜欢或厌恶,将其打上“好”或“坏”的标签,最终将它以思维的形式囚禁在主观的意识当中。

这种强迫症似的无意识的命名行为不停止,你就无法清醒,充满灵性。你至少得意识到到这一行为,才能关照它的发生。自我(ego)通过不断的给事物命名才得以不被观察,并在心智中存有一席之地。当命名停止,或者当人们注意到这一行为时,内在空间才开始形成,你也将不再被心智所掌控。

【评论】

当人的注意力在外在世界,只能被外在世界的纷繁浮躁所俘虏,征服。心智被扰乱。只有通过对内的观察,才能使得内心平静下来,厘清各种头绪,并获得掌控力。

2010-08-03

超越思考 之四

【原文】:

When we go into a forest that has not been interfered with by man, our thinking mind will see only disorder and chaos all around us. It won’t event be able to differentiate between life (good) and death (bad) anymore since everywhere new life grows out of rotting and decaying matter. Only if we are still enough inside and the noise of thinking subsides can we become aware that there is a hidden harmony here, a sacredness, a higher order in which everything has its perfect place and could not be other than what it is and the way it is.

The mind is more comfortable in a landscaped park because it has been planned through thought; it has not grown organically. There is an order here that the mind can understand. In the forest, there is an incomprehensible order that to the mind looks like chaos. It is beyond the mental categories of good and bad. You cannot understand it through thought, but you can sense it when you let go of thought, become still and alert, and don’t try to understand or explain. Only then can you be aware of the sacredness of the forest. As soon as you sense that hidden Harmony, that sacredness, you realize you are not separate from it, and when you realize that, you become a conscious participant in it. In this way, nature can help you become realigned with the wholeness of life.

【译文】:

当我们走进人迹罕至的原始森林,那“善于思考”的头脑能看到的,只会是周遭的无序与混乱。甚至,它都无法从中区分哪些是活的(好的),哪些是者死的(坏的)。随处可见的是新生命在腐烂衰败的物质上蓬勃生长。只有当思考的喧嚣平息,心如止水时,我们才能觉察那内在和谐,神圣及一种更为高级的秩序。所有的事物都处于这一高级的秩序当中,它们在其中各自拥有完美位置。无论其存在方式或者其本身,都无可取代。

在风景如画的园林中,头脑才会怡然舒泰。这是因为园林经思考的有计划的修饰,不再是自然生长的了。经过修饰的秩序是头脑可以理解的。而森林中的高级秩序对于头脑来说则是混乱一片,超越了“好”或“坏”的心灵分类。你无法通过思考来了解它。但是,当你放弃思考,变得心如止水,心境澄莹时,你就能感觉到它。不要试图去理解或者解释——只有如此才能觉知森林的神圣。当感受到它的内在和谐与神圣,你就会认识到你与它并非分离开的。认识到这一点,你就成了这和谐与神圣的参与者。通过这中方是,大自然还能过帮你与生命的完整性对接。

【评论】:

强调感性与直觉的重要性。

我们的大脑,我们那么复杂的大脑,喜欢的却是简化的世界。它不停的在给感知到的各种事物进行类比,归类。原因呢,我想是这样的:相对于整个世界来说,我们的大脑实在是过于简单,无法胜任处理太多的信息。看看人们所做的事情吧,发现新事物,先是命名,之后就是按照它的属性与其他事物的特性做对比,以期将其归为某一类。这是简化。我们把屋子,社区,城市等等收拾的井井有条,是简化。如果不简化,我们的大脑过不了多久就得出问题。有些人的depression说不定就是因为无法胜任处理这么多的信息造成的。

然而,经过简化的自然界,已然不是自然。经过思考过滤的世界,也不是真实的图景。对比人类的简单理解与自然的复杂本身,我们就无法不由衷地感到自然的伟大。

我们,也是自然的造物。遵循自然的法则。与自然联系的方法,也许可以不通过思维。通过感官直接与外部世界相连。

2010-08-02

My wallet, lost then found

thanks-thank-you-10 What happened to me today is worth noting (20100802).

Today, I got my parking permit for the new semester. I chose the permit for the parking lot near the psychology building out of the the one near my apartment. This way, I can not park my car near my apartment during work days so that I will “have to” drive to work every day. This is my strategy to beat my laziness of staying home all the time.

The strategy is not perfect.

Today, I had an experiment to run at another building on campus which is 5-minute walking distance to my apartment. Because of the new permit, I can not walk there. In stead, I had to drive to the department first, park there and then take a bus back to the building. I was running a little bit late. Plus, doing this kind of commuting on such a hot day was not fun at all. So, as you already know from the title, my wallet was lost on the bus.

It’s at the door of the building for my experiment and I cannot find my door card to get in that I found out my wallet was missing. I did not go back to look for the wallet right away because the experiment was about to start. My friend Jason let me in so I got everything setup on time. After that, I called the bus service and they told me the bus driver did not see a wallet. Kim was talking about her experience when her daughters purse was stolen and gave me some advice. And mentioned there are more non-student on the city bus. I knew she was trying to help but I felt upset at that point thinking all the things I would have to do in case the wallet could not be found. Calling banks, credit card companies and all the offices to cancel my cards, to get a replacement ID… all that kind stuff made my head spin. Ahh, too much to think about. I just could not concentrate on work anymore. Thank God that William was there to help me with the scan.

Then I tried to calm myself down and told myself that panic or upset was my natural response in this circumstance. But it’s not helping at all to be panic or upset. I also told myself that my wallet might or might not be found, but I do not know what will happen at the end of the day. Other than assuming it’s gone and being upset, it’s better to believe it will come back and feel at least calm and normal if not happy about the whole thing.

That’s what I did since then. I wrote to the city bus asked them to keep an eye on the wallet. Then, I changed my Gchat status to “come back, my wallet”. After that, I acted just as everything was fine. I watched YouTube videos with my colleagues and laughed with them, I executed some of the program for experiment presentation. I printed out my girlfriend's letter and read them.

When the missing wallet came to my mind, I told myself only one thing: “It will come back”.

When the experiment was done, I did not even rush out. I helped packing everything up and put them to the right place. I take time to clean everything behind me, make sure I will not lose anything else. I said goodbye to my friends and then headed out.

You know what happened?

As soon as I walked out the building and laid my eyes on the road, I saw the bus passing by. I followed it to the bus stop, hopped on and asked the driver if he saw a wallet. The gentleman recognized me and then handed my wallet to me. Can you imagine how happy and exciting I was? I was so happy and even forgot to ask the gentlemen's name. My friend Lauren saw this and cheered for me! Yay!

So that’s the story of my wallet. I am so happy everything works out this way. I wrote an email to the bus service to express my appreciation. To all my friends who wished me good luck: Thank you all!.

This made my day :)

So I wrote it down(did not do proof reading) to let all you know I am thankful, for all the things happen to me.

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2010-07-30

超越思考 之三

【原文】:

“The wisdom of this world is folly with God,”  says the Bible. What is the wisdom of this world? The movement of thought, and meaning that is defined exclusively by thought.

Thinking isolates a situation or event and calls it good or bad, as if it had a separate existence. Through excessive reliance on thinking, reality becomes fragmented. This fragmentation is an illusion, but it seems very real while you are trapped in it. And yet the universe is an indivisible whole in which all things are interconnected, in which nothing exists in isolation. The deeper interconnectedness of all things and events implies that the mental labels of “good” and “bad” are ultimately illusory. They always imply a limited perspective and so are true only relatively and temporarily.

There are no random events, nor are the events or things that exist by and for themselves, in isolation. The atoms that makeup your body were once forged inside stars, and the causes of even the smallest event are virtually infinite and connected with the whole in incomprehensible ways.

If you wanted to trace back the cause of any event, you would have to go back all the way to the beginning of creation. The cosmos is not chaotic. The very word cosmos means order. But this is not an order the human mind can ever comprehend, although it can sometimes glimpse it.

【译文】:

圣经有言:“人世的智慧,在神看来是愚拙”①。人世的智慧又是什么呢?是思想的演变以及由思想判定的价值观。

思考通常将情境或者事件孤立起来并定义其是好坏,就好象这些事情原本就是互相独立的。若对思考过度依赖,现实在人们眼中就会断裂破碎。尽管这断裂只是幻象,但若深陷其中便无法察觉,你会觉得它相当真实。然而,宇宙是一个不可分割的整体,其中所有的事物都是互相关联的,独立的事物并不存在。事物之间的深度关联也意味着主观的“好”与“坏”的标签最终也是幻象。这些标签通常来自具有局限性的观点,因而只能在特定时刻相对为真。

事件不是随机发生的,完全孤立的事情也不存在。构成你身体的原子说不定曾经属于天上的星星。最微不足道的事件也有着无穷多的原因,且与宇宙整体以人类无法理解的方式相联系。

要想回溯任何事件的原因,你将不得不回到创世纪。宇宙并非混沌一片。宇宙(cosmos)一词的字面意义就是秩序(order)。这个秩序永远无法被人的心智所了解,然而我们却时常有机会见识它。

【评论】:

这是不可知论么?这是不可知论。

宇宙如此浩瀚,人的心智不可能穷尽宇宙的奥秘。也许人的心智可以,如果人有足够的时间来做这件事。然而,生命有限,而这世界上的可做的事情又那么多。也许,人类可以靠着世代的努力与积累能对宇宙对世界有更为清晰的了解。不过,随着时间增加,这个世界的知识也在增加吧?就看是增加的速度快还是我们发掘的速度快了。

现在我们得花一点儿时间来感谢我们生而为人了。生而为人拥有心智,借由这一能力,我们能了解一部分宇宙的奥秘,人生的真谛。即便不是全部。谁在乎全部。

【注释】:

① 出自哥林多前书。

Shopping Trip 20100729

drug-stores-logo-1CVS trip:

The main purpose of my trip to the CVS, is to get the Free after ECB photo book. It’s going to be a gift for my girlfriend. I loaded 28 pics in my usb stick the day before and got all the coupons and shopping list ready. Then I called my friend MiaoMiao to join me.

It’s my first time to use the print centre computer. It’s easy enough for me to use. I asked the staff to help me out just to save time, the lady are very nice to offer the help. The printing process was not very smooth I had to say. First, they did not find my order on their machine. When I was in the process of recreate my photo book and almost done, they said they find my order. Then the machine started printing and then the lady told me the book was not in the correct size. For God sake I double checked the size before I made my order cause I do not want to accidentally chose the ones that were not on sale. So the lady wanted my to recreate my photo book. So I started over again. While I was doing it, the lady  reached me again saying the photo book is in correct size, so I did not need to do it again. She apologized. I was in a good mood while doing all these, and of course I accepted her apology.

And I like the photo book I made. It’s going to be a perfect gift for my girlfriend when she is back the week after this. One more thing, my friend also got an CVS card.

Here is the summary of my CVS trip:

Made two transactions:

Bought $19 + $16 = $35 worth stuff;

Used $15 ECB and a $3 off $15 coupon;

Paid out of pocket: $12.11+$5.06=$17.17

Left with $14 ECB;

And will submit two MIR for a total refund of $25.

CVS trip summary: spend $17, get $35 of stuff and will get another $39 back in ECB and rebate.

Rite Aid Trip:

This is my first time to shop in Rite Aid. Not familiar with their programs or the organization of the store. I read from this post that some people really love shopping at Rite Aid, so , I wanted give it a try. It’s also on my way back from CVS. Make a stop is an easy thing to do :). The idea is to get a card and get everything started at Rite Aid. So my friend and I both got a card. I made my purchase basically following the deal recommendations from moneysavingmom.com. Too bad they have the Neiva body wash for men out of stock, that’s the one I really want because I got a coupon for it.  I still do not figure out how their rebates work, but I do get some +UP rewards. P.S. One staff knows Chinese, she asked our nationality and then started greeting us in Chinese when I told her we are from Chine. Isn’t it nice to hear someone speak to you in your language! She might only know how to say “How are you” “Thank you” and “you’re welcome”. But still, that showed they really care about you. I did not catch her name, but I will.

Here is a summary:

Bought $25.40 worth of grocery;

Used 4 coupons, saved $8;

Paid $18.7 OOP (plus tax);

Left with $5 of +UP rewards.

Not sure about rebate as of now.

Kroger Trip:

We stopped at Kroger for Milk.

I got a gallon of milk for $1, a dozen of eggs for $1 and eight organic eggs for $1.99. Basically, I got  a lot protein for my workout.

The is a happy trip. And many thanks to MiaoMiao for joining me, helping me finding the items I missed and bearing with me to wait so long for the photo book. Hope she found this trip fun too.

Also, don’t forget to enter the “Summer Savings Sweepstakes” at Kroger, you might win some free stuff.

2010-07-29

超越思考 之二

【原文】:

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the fact. For example, “I am ruined” is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. “I have fifty cents in my bank account” is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering. Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions that you feel. See the link between your thinking and your emotions. Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.

【译文】:

造成不幸的主要原因并非外在环境,而是对于这些情境的看法/想法。

留心自己头脑中的想法,把它与情境分离开来。好,一边儿是情境或者事实,另一边儿是我对他们的想法和看法。情境总是中性的,一贯如此①。尊重事实,不要对它用轻下判断②。举例来说:“我这下破产了”是一个判断。它制约并且阻止你采取有效的行动。而“我银行账户还有五毛钱”则是一个事实。直面事实总是会赋予人掌控的力量。你的想法很大程度上则是发情绪反应的原因。领会你的想法与情绪之间的联系:与其成为思想与情绪的造物,不如成为它们背后的觉知。

【心得】:

我们的幸福,取决于我们的心境而不是环境。这种说法并不少见。佛祖就曾说过,我们的用自己的想法创造世界*。仔细想想,这确实是真的。外界条件能影响心境。但是如果心境是积极而强大的,所谓的苛刻的外界条件是不足以引发不幸感的。

为什么要将想法与事实分开呢?这跟他们的变动性有关系:已经发生或者存在的事实是不大会变的了,而我们的想法可以。这就非常有趣了,我们的想法能创造世界,而我们的想法又是可以改变的。因此,不管客观世界如何,在我们的世界里我们是否幸福,完全可以通过改变自己的想法来实现!

要做的这一步,首先就要从自己的想法中跳出来,了解自己的想法。改变想法的第一步是清楚的认识它。

【注释】:

①调整了一下语序。

②Making up story字面意思是“编故事”,从上下文来看,story采用常见意直译并不通顺。Story这个词还有另外一个意思,指“表面现象”。这里making up story的意思其实是给事实穿上一层掩饰的外衣,而这种外衣通常是个人对于真相与事实的(歪曲了的)理解和判断。这里我译成“轻下判断”就是因为这个考虑

* "We are what we think. With our thoughts we make our world." -Budda

2010-07-28

[trade/sell] Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

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Quick look:

Item: Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
for: sale or trade
Condition: very good, like new.
Price: $120 OBO/ or you can trade with me. If you want to trade, tell me what you have.
Shipping and delivery: If your not too far from me and can offer me a cup of coffee, I have no problem to deliver it to your door. BTW, I live in Athens, GA.
Contact: email: congel+craiglist@gmail.com or call 706 363 0303 (leave a message if no one answer the phone).

If you know someone who might be interested in it, please spread the word. THX.

Why I sell it?


   I got this machine a few months ago. I used it less than 10 times.
   I bought this machine when I decided to change my lifestyle from sedentary to active by exercise more. I need a machine at home so I have no excuse not to go out and exercise due to bad weather or mood. I live in a cozy apartment so the machine cannot be too large. This baby met all me requirement. It did keep my doing my workout when I was lack of motivation to go out. I put it in my living room so I can watch TV when rowing it. It makes things so easy. After workout, it usually took me less then a minute to put it back in my closet.
   It helped my to get started with my lifestyle changing project. Now, I am a member of a gym the gym has rowing machines there. And  I now have no problem to go out the door and exercise 6 days per week. This baby has been staying in my closet and collecting dust. It's not fare to it, isn't it?
   So I decide to got it out of the door to serve people in need.

How much is it?


   Asking for $120. or if you have something to trade, that might work too, just send me an email and let me know what you can offer.

Contact info:
   email: congel+craiglist@gmail.com
   Phone: 7063630303

Product Description


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2010-07-27

超越思考 之一

【原文】

Thinking is no more than a tiny aspect of the totality of consciousness, the totality of who you are.

  What is arising now is not a new belief system, a new religion, spiritual ideology, or mythology. We are coming to the end not only of mythologies but also of ideologies and belief systems. The change goes deeper than the content of your mind, deeper than your thoughts. In fact, at the heart of the new consciousness lies the transcendence of thought, the newfound ability of rising above thought, of realizing a dimension within yourself that is infinitely more vast than thought.

  You then no longer derive your identity, your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself. What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am.

  Who am I then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought – or the emotion or sense perception – happens.

【译文】

思考和想法,只占我们全部的意识和完整的存在的微小部分。

我们遇到的①并不是什么新的信仰体系,精神观念,宗教,或者神话。我们即将抵达神话的终结,精神观念的中介和信仰体系等等的这一切的终结。这变化来的比你的心智的内容更深入,超越你的思考与想法。事实上,对于思考与想法的超越正是“新意识”的核心。这种新发现的超越能力不仅凌驾于思想之上,还让我们认识到我们自身之中存在着一个比思想更为浩瀚的空间维度。

你无需再从没完没了连绵不绝的“旧意识”的思维枷锁中寻找、感知与确认“你是谁”。“头脑中的声音”并不决定你是谁。唯有认清这一点才得自由。

那么,究竟“我是谁”呢?是时刻关照②着思考发生的觉知与空间。觉知优先于思想。思想以及情绪和感知都在这一空间中进行。

【心得】

人类的一个终极问题,就是探索个体的存在:不停的询问“我是谁”。

如果我们没有理性思考的能力,这个问题恐怕不会被提出。但是试图通过通过理性思考来回答这一问题的努力,往往四处碰壁,一无所获。这是因为我们的思考和想法,是我们的存在的一部分,使我们意识的一部分。通过思考得来的答案,往往很难突破这种限制。我们需要扩大回答这一问题的工作层面,超越思考,甚至超越意识,去认识存在。

作者认为,对于自我的探索并不能通过倾听自己的想法而实现。只有超越思考,把思考置于我们的觉知(awareness )的关注之下才可达成。超越思考的这一维度,被称为“新意识”。

这一段比较难以翻译,主要原因是我自己对“新意识”这个概念不能清晰的把握。需要再多读之后再修改吧。

【注释】:

① What is arising,我译得没有把握。 存疑吧。

② 这里See与aware应该是同义词。

2010-07-26

today’s CVS trip

Spent $12 out of poket (plus tax),

got $31 worth of products,

Still have $15 ECB to play for the next trip.

Could be better. But I am happy with it.

:)

If you do not know what I am talking about, take look at this post and this one.

2010-07-25

CVS deals - 7/25-31,2020

前面在讲CVS游戏时,提到过有关作弊的事情。这个作弊当然不是只得是抄袭啊什么的。是每周都会有热心的blogger把这周CVS的优惠以及coupon+ECB的使用方法总结并且公布出来,而省去了大家重复做这种事情的时间。我最常看的blog就是http://moneysavingmom.com/,下面是这个blog公布的本周的CVS优惠。

ECB Deals

Photo Book (6×8) at $7.99, Get $7.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after EBCs

U by Kotex Liners, Pads or Tampons at $4.99, Get $4.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 printable
Free plus overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent at $3.50, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 printable
Or buy 2 and use $3/2 coupon from the 6/13 SmartSource insert
$1 each after coupon and ECB

Buy 1 Dove Bar Soap (2 pk) at $3, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
$1 after ECBs

Lean Cuisine at $3, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Buy 2 and use $1/2 printable here (IE) or here (FF)
$2 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Biore Cleanser or Towelettes at $6.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 printable
$2.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Clairol Touch Up or Hair Color at $6.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 7/4 P&G insert
$2.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Almay Dial Up One Coat Mascara at $6.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 7/25 SmartSource insert
$3.99 after coupon and ECB

Buy 1 Pampers Boxed Diapers at $21.99, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 7/4 P&G insert
$9.99 after coupon and ECBs

Other Deals

Nescafe Taster’s Choice – $1
Buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free printable
Plus use $0.75/1 printable
$0.13 each after coupons

Sobe Lifewater – $0.88
Buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free printable
$0.44 each after coupon

Palmolive Dish Soap – $0.98 (Limit 6)
Use $0.25/1 printable
Or use $0.25/1 coupon from the 7/25 SmartSource insert
$0.73 after coupon

Renuzit Crystal Elements – $3.99
Use $2/1 coupon from the 7/25 RedPlum insert
$1.99 after coupon

不知道这里有没有大家喜欢的东西,反正我得计划一下,把自己上周的ECB划掉。CVS还给了我一个花$25减$5的coupon,想办法把它也用掉,呵呵。恩,先去咖啡店捡coupon先 :)

2010-07-21

The CVS Game

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简介:

CVS,指的是美国的一个连锁药房, 全称好象是 CVS/Pharmarcy。CVS game 是指利用这个药房每周的返券优惠,获取免费商品。

美国的药房除了卖药,基本还会卖各种日用品。日用品的的种类还非常的齐全,规模大抵相当于一个小型超市(类似于国内的屈臣氏)。医药零售行业利润比较大。这些药房为了赚取这部分利润,经常会采用在日用品上低价让利的方式吸引患者到自己这里来拿药。让利的方式是每周选取几种日用品给予返券。这几种优惠日用品中经常会有一款在返券后可以免费获得。之所以称其为game,是因为如果实现做一些计划和计算,你完全可以不花钱或者花很少的钱拿到很多免费商品。这里我不展开说,因为网上有很多更为详细的介绍。这篇文章,我就记录一下我两次去CVS的经历,让各位了解一下这个game怎么玩儿。

准备工作:

玩儿这个game的条件:你人在美国,且住的地方有CVS店铺。如果你所在的地方没有这个店,你可以停止看这篇文章,去别处逛逛了。

留下来的人,你需要去CVS办张卡。办卡是免费的,只需去店里问店员说你要办卡,然后填个表就可以了。卡办好当时就可以用。卡的名字叫做ExtraCare。每次去CVS去玩儿CVS game,必须携带此卡。

OK,准备工作完毕, Game On!

简易攻略:

我第一次去CVS是个周日,赶上一款商品有返券后免费。这款产品价值$7.99,返券$7.99。OK,我出钱只买了这个东西。结帐交钱后(这一步的钱是必须花的,我把这个花出去的真金白银叫作seed),拿到收据。返券呢?就在收据上。收据下方写着Extracare Bucks (江湖人称ECB), $7.99。这样,我就过了这个game的第一关,得到了我的第一个ECB。(Seed当时就开花结果了)。至此我就回家了。

一周之后的周日,我再次去了CVS。为设么一周之后去?因为CVS的优惠商品,每周会更换一次。这次还有一个商品,正好也是$7.99饭$7.99 ECB。好了,拿目标商品,结帐,用上次得到的ECB付款。ECB花掉了,又免费拿到一个商品。这还没完,在这个收据的后面,赫然又有一张$7.99的的ECB。看到了吧,我买了一个东西,没有花钱,花的是ECB。花了$7.99之后,又得到了一个$7.99。我等于白拿了这个商品。$7.99的seed到此已经长处了两件商品,而我的手头仍有$7.99可以下周接着玩儿。

这是第二关。如此下去,如果下一周还有类似的优惠,我还可以白拿。

游戏分析:

到这里,你可能会说,每周才拿$7.99的东西,有什么好玩儿的啊。我同意,如果这样,连脑子都不用动,算什么game啊。不过我得坦白,我刚才说的是这个游戏的简化玩法。下面我来再加点儿料,爆爆这个游戏的难度。

难度一,返券不可兑换现金。如果第二周的商品不是$7.99返$7.99,而是$5.99返$5.99,如果只拿这个商品且用一张代金券话,你将只拿到这个商品,并获得$5.99的返券。这样1)你的$7.99卷不仅没有勿尽所值,而且2)你的EBC在这次交易之后也缩水了。

难度二,返券有有效期,30天不用就过期。

难度三,优惠商品有购买限制。一般一个人一周只能买一个,因此想要用一个商品滚雪球是不可能的。

这个几个难度一起,完全可能让你在几次之后,ECB缩水至0。问题1)好解决,再拿一个价值$2的东西就行了。可是,如何解决缩水的问题呢?怎么办呢,怎么办呢?解决缩水的问题,这才是乐趣所在!会玩儿这个游戏的人,EBC不但不会缩水,而且还会增加。

秘技:

在说出解决办法之前,我们要明确一下游戏的策略。之前的策略是不花钱拿商品,如果每次都按照这个策略来,每次拿的东西不仅少,几个回合也必定game over。如果我们把游戏策略变成花最少的钱拿最多的东西,换句话说,每次交易省更多的钱,游戏的乐趣就来了。而且,绝对可以持续发展。

这个持续的秘诀就是:使用Coupon

Coupon这个东西翻译成中文应该就是代金券或者打折券吧。一般是买某个商品可以减XX美元。

据具体的例子吧,我在第一次买东西的时候,在网上找到了那个商品的coupon,可以每个商品可以节省$2。因此,我获得$7.99的seed,只花了$5.99。因此我的第一商品拿到少,不仅仅是免费,而是“倒赚”了$2。 我在第二次买东西的时候,使用了另外一个减$4的coupon。这样,我拿了那个商品,又拿了价值$4刀的另外一个商品B。而商品B是$4返$2的。这样,我用掉了我$7.99返券,拿到了价值$11.99的东西,并且,又拿到了$9.99的ECB。雪球就这样,开始滚起来。Seed就这样开始真正的生长了。

好了,至此,你该明白CVS该怎么玩,怎么滚雪球了吧?哈哈。文章至此,水落石出:要想玩儿好CVS game,有两大要点:一,找Coupon;二,计算最优的coupon和ECB搭配。

CVS game每周一关,因为CVS每周日的时候会更新她的广告商品

我要告诉你的是,这仍是CVS game的简化玩法。我自己想象了一下,问题还可能更复杂。但是,难度也有个头。我个人认为,每周CVS的广告出来之后,大概需要15分钟就能完成利益最大化的计算。每周花这15分钟练练脑子,不仅能有物质奖励,也是很好的防衰老的办法。

作弊:

同任何Game都可以在网上找到作弊器/金手指一样,如果你不想动脑子,想省时间,网上也有CVS game的金手指攻略帮你解决Coupon的问题和Coupon+ECB的最佳Deal。与那些电脑游戏的作弊器不同,CVS game的攻略并不会降低游戏的趣味性:每个人的玩法还会因为手头的ECB金额和感兴趣的商品不同而变化多端。

作弊神器:http://couponmom.com, 视频教程在此

最后说一点儿,美国有购物税,且这个税款是不能拿coupon和ECB抵的。因此,每次你购物,即便是全是使用ECB结算,也要准备些零钱付税款。

延伸阅读:

How to get coupons for free. (from moneysavingmom.com);

Coupon terms.(from moneysavingmom.com);

How to find weekly deals and coupons (video from couponmom.com)。

其实这个game可以从扩展到任何超市,商店。

最后,各位出来见神人吧。

祝购物愉快。

2010-07-13

检测结果出来了

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今天收到了血检结果说:

HPL 97 nmoles/mL/min

LPL 13 nmoles/mL/min

化验单的comments 一栏中写道:This is compatible with LPL activity deficiency.

至此,我的病算是正式确诊了: Familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency 引起的 Chylomicronemia syndrome。虽然之前我和mm的分析得出的是同样的结论,但毕竟有化验结果作证据,不是我们的瞎猜了。

LPL activity deficincy意识是脂蛋白酶活性缺乏。缺乏这种酶的结果,简单来说,就是身体无法分解吸收脂肪。无法被分解的脂肪就会在血液里越积越多,造成这一缺陷的主要临床表现是高血脂。而高脂血症经常引发有不明原因的腹痛,无力,甚至引发急性胰腺炎。我几年来多次住院均是急性胰腺炎。

这是一种极其罕见基因缺陷,无法预防或者治愈。只能通过饮食,药物,体育锻炼来使得血脂保持较低的水平,从而避免胰腺炎等症状出现。

 

不过这也没什么,继续我的健康生活就是了。

2010-07-10

帽子 滚烫的跑道 重返健身房 巴西的电话

昨天,在亚马逊上订购的帽子到货了。遮阳帽的作用,一是遮阳,二是挡汗。为了试验一下帽子的效果,我今天特意选择在中午时分出去跑步。Georgia地处美国南方,夏天热得不得了。这两天白天的最高气温都在36摄氏度左右,而我出门时,正好是1点钟,一天中太阳最大感觉最热的时候。热虽热了点儿,但是如果不热没有太阳,那谁又需要遮阳帽呢?

照例,带上水和手机,还有新买的帽子出发了。在太阳底下跑,少不了还要涂上防晒霜。

本来以为,这么热的天不会有人锻炼,结果到了我跑步的Spec Towns Track之后,发现跑到上竟然有两人在练习。一个年轻,一个年老,都在跑道上走着。老者在快步走,年轻的小伙子似乎是刚刚跑完步,通过跑步来Cool down。由于天太热,我省去了通常跑步之前的拉伸,直接上跑道,慢跑开始。

天真热。大太阳在头顶直直的照下来,把跑道被晒的软了,很烫。软和烫,是我的双脚告诉我的。我在跑道上跑步,如果距离不长的话,我就光脚跑全程。如果长距离跑,最后几圈也会光脚。光脚和穿鞋的区别,对我来说就是在不同的路面上跑有不同的感觉。如果穿上鞋,就不会体会到路面的不同了。 我今天在太阳底下光脚跑,感觉自己就是铁板烧上的鱿鱼,被烤得不行。恨不得自己的脚能不沾地才好。只光脚跑了两圈,我赶快又把鞋子穿上了。但是我没有感觉到有太多汗,遮阳帽很管用,把汗都挡住了。另外,它也很轻便,舒服。决定把它留下。

今天跑了16圈,每圈460m,33分钟20秒。

自从上一个星期练习硬拉扭了脖子之后,我很是休息了几天,这一周的力量训练都没有做。长时间不去健身房,浑身还真是不自在,浑身的肌肉都像是在退化似的。在加上我通常是在健身房称体重的,不去健身房,我这一个星期的体重数据就没有了。于是下午5点,我又杀向了健身房。今天锻炼的目标肌肉是背部和肱三头肌。因为周末健身房6点就关门,我没有时间按照计划完成所有的组数。但是我还是每个动作都做了至少两组,50分钟完成锻炼。回来之后感觉很好。

青安全到巴西了。这两天她一有空就给我发邮件,可是我们两个居然没能同时在线,不能聊天。她们这次在当地买了一个手机并把号码给我了。但是这个号码一直到现在好像也没有激活,我打了好多次都没能接通,打过去之后是那种录好的提示音。一个女的唧唧歪歪半天,我也听不懂是啥。估计就是“你所拨打的电话是空号”之类的。可恶的是,听这个叽里呱啦的录音,竟然是按照接通算的。因为这个,我已经花掉了快一美元了。花钱没什么,可是花钱却没有跟青说上话,这可太让人别扭了!希望明天能好。

今天德国战乌拉圭,有一搭没一搭的看了几眼,觉得德国胜在运气好些。明天的决赛,不知道是攻势猛烈的荷兰会不会被西班牙的太极打法给抑制住。拭目以待。

明天是我的LSD run day(LSD run是 Long, Slow, Distance;就是长时间长距离慢跑的意思),还没有想好去哪里跑。也许一觉醒来就有好主意了。

2010-06-21

周总结 6月14日-6月20日


有些誓言能遵守,有些计划总完不成.
人,不但有理性还有情感。这两方面不能调和是经常出现的。不调和经常带来痛苦。痛苦来时,可以用理性去克服,也可以用情感来逃避。讨论怎样能减轻痛苦,不如想一下如何根治。也就是让理性与情感统一起来,做使自己感到高兴的事情。

上面这段话,没有什么意思,就是看自己打开电脑能写出些什么。无论写出什么,接下来再动笔,就不那么难啦。就好比一同牙膏好久不用就会挤不出来,原因无外乎就是靠近口的地方就风干后塞住了出口。只要把那硬硬的一块想办法弄出来,牙膏就听话的出来啦。写字也差不多,总得先拔开塞子,打开僵局,才能让头脑转起来,手指飞起来。那么这段文字就称作硬牙膏吧。


总结开始:

饮食/锻炼/健康:
看了前面的博客就知道,我这周的饮食之中有了凉皮和粽子。味道很好。这两样食物都是高能量的,饱腹能力比较弱。不过对于快速补充能量和满足我的馋虫来说,是再好不过的了。
本周卡路里摄入:1900+2475+2150+3030+2315+2600+2570= 17040, 平均每天2434卡。
与上周基本持平。

本周卡路里消耗:(271+163+729+483+855)+2000*7=16500, 平均每天2357卡。
三次跑步,共跑了11+28+33=72圈,20.7 miles。
两次健身房力量训练,共60+90=150分钟。健身计划换了新的,并且从周六(19日)开始吃肌酸。
本周体重回落两磅。估计前一周的测量值有误。

点评:吃得还是不够多。按照目前每天的平均消耗来说,我的饮食应当提高到每天2600卡左右,才能稳定的增重。

学习和工作
干了很少一些活,而且是帮别人做一些紧急的事情。
读过《first things first》之后,仍然不能把自己的事情优先做起来,真是有些杯具。
我就的问题问在于,我仍然不清楚,我应当用我的生命来做些什么事情。Life with no purpose。经常觉得自己没有什么用处。我不缺应该干的事情。但谢谢应该不是出自我的自愿,而是我已经在做着的一些事情的延续,我自己究竟应当做些什么,我的目标在哪里,仍旧是一个open question。

With this question unanswered, I do not know where to find happiness...
At the same time, I am running and building my body. So when happiness arrives, I will be healthy enough to enjoy it. That's the current plan.

To live, to Love, to Learn and to leave a legacy... These are what people to to bring happiness to him/herself. I am doing the first daily, the second several times a week, the third and the last one barely. I need to find the mission of my life to lead my out of the daily conflicts I am struggling with, inside and outside.

写着写着又回到硬牙膏了,还写成了语句不通的英文。不做修改了,就这样吧。

2010-06-19

EndNote X4 破解版网盘下载

Thomson Reuters EndNote X4.v14.0.0.4845-EAT
Thomson Reuters EndNote X4.v14.0.0.4845-EAT | 64.7 MB

EndNote 四天前才发布了X4,今天我就找到了破解。不得不感叹破解小组速度之快,令人咂舌啊。不过这个版本我不打算用,我正等待学校的授权更新呢。有想尝鲜朋友拿去吧。

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• Search bibliographic databases on the Internet
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• Watch the bibliography and figure list appear as you write!
• Collaborate using EndNote Web, the Web-based research and writing component of EndNote
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Homepage:- http://www.endnote.com/

下载地址:地址一 from Xun6 | 地址二 from MU | 地址三 from 115网盘

周总结6月7日-6月13日

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这博客,慢慢地写得越来越少。从专门发书分享资源到现在的成了周记,收心阁的意义也从收集心理学学习资源转变成了从关注外部世界到关注自身的收拢心性。不过过去的两周,我连周记也差点点没有连续的写下去。这都是源于我的懒惰和迷茫。迷茫于我的目标在哪里。拷问自己,却仍没有答案。

先不给自己太多压力吧,适当的压力是保障身体健康,生活幸福的必要条件,可一旦过量就可能把自己拉回生病的痛苦

眼看着14-20这一周都要过去了,我才开始写7日到13日的总结。迟是迟了,但至少继续做了。这怎么看也不算是坏事。我想也不会有人关注我写的这些玩意儿,全当梳理自己了。

幸亏我平时养成了记录时间开销晨间日记的习惯,因此这个周总结写起来也不是很难。只要打开笔记本和晨间日记软件,把一周的事情遍历一次,就可以开始写了。

总结与反思,这才是记录的目的。

饮食/锻炼/健康:

我的饮食原则是,低脂,高蛋白,多吃蔬菜,水果适量。由于我的目标是缓慢增重,每日的卡路里摄入比消耗的要多250左右。

本周饮食:

本周卡路里摄入量是:2550+2220+2700+2370+2225+2225+2490=16780 cal, 平均每日 2400卡左右

本周锻炼:

本周跑步三次:分别跑了12+14+20=46圈,共21公里,13 miles;共消耗卡路里304+360+527=1191 (*);
力量训练两次:用时 80+60=140分钟,消耗卡路里322+427=749;
本周消耗的卡路里估计值为2000×7+(1191 +749)=15940,平均每日2277左右。(注:运动消耗卡路里值通过Calorie count的activity log得来。本来About.com 的Calorie count根据我每日的活动量提供了卡路里总消耗量的估计,可是这个估计值没有历史存档。以后要注意把这个数值记录在笔记本上,就能用他了计算卡路里消耗了。)

睡眠情况:我在跑步的日子通常是5:30分起床,不跑步的日子通常是7:00起床。就寝时间一般是11:00中左右。那样算起来,我的睡眠时间多则8小时,少则6个半小时。

本周体重:只测量了一次,比上周增加2.2磅

从以上记录来看,我其实可以在这7日到13日这一周多吃些。锻炼坚持的不错 :) 睡眠不算多。应当早一个小时上床或者午睡一下,每天再多出点睡眠就更好了。

工作学习

比起在照顾身体上取得这上述成就,我其他方面乏善可陈,一周的时间基本虚度,多花在了上网闲逛上面,改做的工作没有做,该读的文章没有读。丧失斗志和动力的一周。

周一的时候花时间看了UG07 project的数据处理,大概搞清楚了数据处理流程。与实验室的同学碰了个头,大概知道了大家都在做些啥。把系里的一台电脑的Ubuntu从7.04升级到了10.04,使用的是Alternative CD本地升级的办法。

周三 学到了当Ubuntu本版太老官方不支持在线更新于升级后如何不重装系统而升级的方法:用Alternative CD先升级到可以升级到的最高版本然后从那个版本再进行自动更新。我的升级过程是:7.04->7.10->8.04->10.04,笨办法,但是相对安全且保留之前的所有设置。

周日 下载安装了office 2010,同时发现其与Endnote X3不兼容。暂时的解决办法是 【之一:禁用Endnote加载项】【之二:保留老版本的Office】。永久的解决办法是升级Endnote到X4,【破解版在此,猛击进入

其他

得到一张漂亮的壁纸做电脑桌面,我非常喜欢,就是本文开头那张。

得知系里cognitive program的chair Dr. Rich Marsh的死讯,非常突然。悲伤。

以后这个总结还是在周日的时候写吧。

2010-06-14

粽子与凉皮儿

我小时候,端午节要做的事情只有两件:插艾叶,吃粽子

出国几年里,端午节是不怎么过的。
也曾在端午节时外出寻访粽子的踪迹,没有找到过。


今年不同了


mm上个月从国内带回了棕叶
昨天包了粽子,有豆沙红枣三种馅
非常好吃!


这是我们出国后第一次包粽子吃。
估计,这会成为我们的又一个传统的
给大家上个图吧
这些粽子都是我mm包的,请把赞美送给她 哈哈

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想起来还有另外一个美食应该跟大家分享
那就是凉皮儿。

这个东西对于在国内的各位可能再普通不过了,
说不定街角就有卖的

对于出国好几年的我,确实经常想念这个吃食。

原本生活中平淡无奇的东西,只要在它消失不见的时候,才会引起你的重视。这算是喜剧还是悲剧,估计大家各有见解。我这贴之目的只有一个,炫耀一下俺家mm纯手工打造的凉皮。调料是我调的。

做的不多,吃得特爽。 哈!

再上一图 :)

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2010-06-12

[美食健康]塑料 食物 健康


塑料这东西,在日常生活中随处可见。不信你举目四望一下,必然能看到许多塑料制品。比如现在映入我的眼帘的,就有装着润肤霜的塑料瓶,塑料的圆珠笔、百叶窗、储物箱、晾衣架、电视遥控器、吉他拨片、相框,玩具车(哈,你是不能猜到我是在哪儿写的这文章的啦)... ... 对了,我用来写这篇文章的电脑也是塑料外壳。

塑料在厨房里的用处就更多了,装水,放菜,存食物,哪里也少不了它。

和对太常见的东西,人们常常更不了解。塑料无处不在,我们也理所当然的使用着各种塑料制品,根本不会想到去关心塑料的种类,更不会想到它们还会还能对健康造成影响。因此,当我收到女友发给我的一篇介绍塑料的文章后(文章附在后面),我还是小小的震惊了一下。作为食物容器的塑料制品,竟有着7种之多的分类,而每种分类对健康的潜在威胁也是不同的。

看了这篇小文章,我先是跑到厨房看了看我常用的塑料容器们,把不好的塑料瓶什么的,都扔掉了。为了各位读者的健康,我来分享一下这篇小文。这里先声明一下,我并没有阅读相关的科技文献,因此对于文中的各种描述并不保证其真实性。我只是个人信其有。

目前食品工业中用来做包装材料或者存贮容器的塑料大概有7类。要想分辨其是哪一类也相当容易:这些包装和容器上都会有一个如题图所示的内有数字的三角标志来标明其所属种类,三角下面的英文字母则是塑料种类的简称。我在这里将标有数字“1”的塑料称为“1号”,以此类推。各个种类塑料的通常用途和需要注意的健康问题在短文中都有写,我就不赘述了。

在转发这篇文章之前,我先总结一下使用塑料的注意事项。日常生活中,在两种情况下使用塑料可能会带来健康隐患:一,高温。二,重复使用。

大多数的塑料都不耐高温。高温下,塑料制品不但容易损毁,更会释放对人体有害的物质。耐高温的塑料只有5号塑料。

很多人出于节省或者保护环境的考虑,重复使用塑料容器。可是塑料制品看上去虽然平整,但其实表面结构复杂,往往难以清洁,容易附着有各种残留。这种残留不但有上一次使用时的食物残留,也经常包括清洗时的洗涤剂。要注意,市场上的清洁剂配方没有针对塑料制品的。在清洗塑料制品时应当尽量不使用清洁剂,洗涤剂。应用室温或者低温清水洗涤为好。

Take home message: 除了5号塑料制品外,尽量不用塑料容器盛食物,尤其不能用塑料容器盛热的食物。不要重复使用塑料容器。如必须重复使用(5号塑料),要仔细清洗

以下为转载内容

只有大桶的农夫山泉不透明的桶是写着2,

其他不管再怎 么漂亮的瓶子全部是1,为了大家的健康,特别转载了这篇文章,
希望大家相互转载,让更多的人知道这个隐患,大家健康地生活!

尤其是喜欢外卖中餐馆店的那些白色塑料饭盒,到家换掉再加热。

喜欢给GG做饭的MM,塑料餐具全部换掉吧,还是老祖宗的瓷碗最好!

谢谢楼下MM说的 不要在车子后备箱里放一箱子水 车子加热了 塑料瓶也会释放毒物

外出旅行可以带放冰块的箱子 再放入水瓶

因为连续十六个月使用同一个矿泉水瓶,女孩得了癌病。瓶里面含一 种叫做PET的塑料材质,用一次是安全的,如果你因节俭或方便而重复使用,就有致癌危机。


三角型里面有数字 。


数字1

PET 聚对苯二甲酸乙二醇脂
常见矿泉水瓶、 碳酸饮料瓶等 。耐热至70℃易变形, 有对人体有害的物质融出。1号塑料品用了10个月后,可能释放出致癌物DEHP。不能放 在汽车内晒太阳;不要装酒、油等物质

数字2

HDPE高密度聚乙烯
常 见白色药瓶、清洁用品、沐浴产品。不要再用来做为水杯,或者用来做储物容器装其他物品。清洁不彻底,不要循环使用。

数字3

PVC 聚氯乙烯
常见雨衣、建材、塑料膜、塑料盒等。可 塑性优良,价钱便宜,故使用很普遍,只能耐热81℃.高温时容易有不好的物质产生,很少被用于食品包装。难清洗易残留,不要循环使 用。若装饮品不要购买

数字4

PE 聚乙烯
常见保鲜膜、塑 料膜等 。 高温时有有害物质产生,有毒物随食物进入人体后,可能引起乳腺癌、新生儿先天缺陷等疾病。 保鲜膜别进微波炉。

数字5

PP 聚丙烯
常见豆浆瓶、优 酪乳瓶、果汁饮料瓶、微波炉餐盒 。熔点高达167℃,是唯一可以放进微波炉的塑料盒,可在小心清洁后 重复使用。需要注意,有些微波炉餐盒,盒体以5号PP制造,但盒盖却以1号PE制造,由于PE不能抵受高温,故不能与盒体一并放 进微波炉。

数字6

PS 聚苯乙烯
常见碗装泡面 盒、快餐盒 。不能放进微波炉中,以 免因温度过高而释出化学物。装酸(如柳橙汁)、碱性物质后,会分解出致癌物质。避免用快餐盒打包滚烫的食物。别用微波炉煮碗装方便面。

数字7

PC其它类
常见水壶、太空 杯、 奶瓶。百货公司常用这样材质 的水杯当赠品。很容易释放出有毒的 物质双酚A,对人体有害。使用时不要加热,不要在阳光下直晒。