Alice put it so very eloquently in the previous message, how can I follow?

I too find myself a little overwhelmed by the material joys of being home, but left with an odd feeling of dissatisfaction. How to engage with new comforts when we have had little but the most important things with us on our journey? Even my computer seems alien, and those of you who know me well will see this as quite unbelievable; but I am not used to using a computer at all after almost three months without it. It feels like a distraction, a luxurious and beautiful product designed with the power to help, but also dangerously distracting, disengaging. How to mindfully use a computer? I don’t know yet. I shall have to learn.

Nevertheless, a mild bewilderment on our parts is an excellent sign, I think. It shows some of the filters in us, however small, have changed, and it is deeper than just ‘returning home after seeing some great sights for a few months’. 

Our linear, western minds have trained us to see abstract things such as beginning and end as real, solid. Alice and I have landed for the last time in this trip, we are back, and our lifestyle will change, but what is really over? Beijing shows signs of the greenery of spring, the new building at Fortune Plaza stands 200 feet taller, there are friends to meet, jobs to find, new people to meet. And so life now challenges us to take our new eyes, and make them see things we didn’t see before, and perhaps even pay less attention to things we saw as important before. The journey continues. Returning to a familiar place and seeing it differently is never the end. It is the beginning.

在之前的信息中Alice把它描述的那么生动形象,接下来我都有点不知道该如何表述?

我同样发现自己被回家之后的物质欢乐所淹没,但之后却伴随着一种莫名的不适之感。我们在旅行时除必需品外并没有携带许多身外之物,那时我们是如何体验到那种不同的、新鲜的身心愉悦感呢?现在对我来说,就连电脑似乎看起来都是多余的,像您一样了解的我的人可能觉得这不可思议;但是与电脑分离三个月后,我确实不再习惯用电脑了。电脑的出现之初就环绕着强大辅助功能的奢华、美丽的光环,但同时,电脑又那么容易分散人的注意力或让人与世隔绝。如何更加智慧的使用电脑?我还没有找打答案。这是我必须学习的。

然而,我认为这种小困扰是一种非常好的兆头。它显示了我们正在思考一些问题,过滤一些事情,虽然微妙,但是我们已经在改变,这并不简简单单的是“看了几个月的美丽风景之后回到了家”,而要更加深刻的多。

线性的、西方的思维训练让我们把抽象的东西看做是真实的、有质感的。飞机的降落结束了Alice和我的这次旅行,我们回来了,并且我们的生活方式也将改变,但真正结束的是什么?北京绿荫遍地,彰显着春天的绿色生机,财富广场的新大楼高达200英尺。回来后我们会见老朋友,结识新朋友,寻找合适的工作。生活的挑战促使我们以一种新的眼光去面对它。我们会看到之前从未看到过的,也或许会对以前非常在意的事物投去更少的关注。生命的旅行在继续。回归到一个熟悉的环境看到不同的事物有新的感受,这从未结束,而是一个开始。

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