超越思考 之三


“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.











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.


超越思考 之二


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.










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


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


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

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rower is the compact, portable way to row yourself into shape... GREAT PRICE! Limited space? Time? Budget? The Body Trac Glider 1050 Rower is for you. Compact and portable with a footprint of 23 1/2" x 46", the arms fold down and the rower can be stored in a closet or in the corner of a room. Rowing is widely known to be one of the best all around activities for cardiovascular fitness and strength a total body workout that is efficient, effective, low-impact and utilizes all major muscle groups including the back, legs, arms, abdominals and buttocks. Rowing is also one of the best exercises for building a strong back, as well as one of the most effective low-impact aerobic exercises for increasing your metabolism for more efficient calorie and fat burning without the impact on your joints. Steel frame and aluminum center beam is designed to withstand years of use while giving you a stable, comfortable workout; Ball bearing roller system and adjustable hydraulic cylinder resistance arms mimic the smooth motion of rowing on the water; Multifunctional fitness monitor shows speed, distance, time, stroke count, and calories burned during your workout, and keeps you motivated and on track to reach your fitness goals; Smooth gas shock resistance; Easy assembly; Folds to approx. 49 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 9 1/2" for storage; A great, compact workout at a great price. Order Today! Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rower

If you want to know more about this item, please refer to this link on Amazon.com ( http://www.amazon.com/Stamina-Body-Glider-Rowing-Machine/dp/B000AMUFPS )



超越思考 之一


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.









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”。



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。


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.


CVS deals - 7/25-31,2020


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 :)


The CVS Game



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。




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!


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。









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。



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。


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



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)。








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。





帽子 滚烫的跑道 重返健身房 巴西的电话



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。





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。