Welcome to the December Issue of Chiwi Journal! Your monthly newsletter with the content I filtered, curated and wrote based on 140+ hours of reading and listening time.
Quick update from my side:
I've turned into a party animal mood since I got involved with a music project in Aveiro. Super glad the first unclassifiable music festival, VAGA 2021, went very well with six genreless musicians from Portugal, France, Argentina, Serbian and Spain.
1. Richard一直着迷于史蒂夫·乔布斯的早年经历，他发现乔布斯尝试过多种冥想体验，追随大师去印度修行，甚至还采取极端的饮食并加入了嬉皮公社。后来乔布斯在禅宗中找到他苦苦追寻的灵性体验。无论是他的极简主义美学，还是后来在禅宗老师见证下的婚姻，禅宗贯穿于乔布斯的生活中。为了弄清楚禅宗的基本概念，Richard前往Mountain Cloud Zen Centre进行了为期四个月的闭关修炼，每天打坐两小时，由禅宗老师Henry Shukman直接教导，以下是他对于禅宗的洞见。
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
I recently had my first psychedelic experience with the Grandfather plant, San Pedro, at The Lighthouse Retreat.
Time is one of the common themes from ancient Chinese mythology and historical books.
For example, the Monkey King from Journey to the West only went to Heaven for ten days as a horse trainer. When he returned to his hometown Mount Huaguo he realised that many years had passed on earth. Just like an old Chinese saying goes, "one day in heaven equals one year on earth".
According to Book of the Later Han, a woodcutter saw two men playing chess on his way to work in a mountain. So he stopped over and watched the game. All of a sudden, he realised the grip of his axe had rotted off, and when he returned home, he found that a hundred years had passed since he left.
I was always fascinated with those Chinese stories since I was little. Every time I indulged myself in books or video games, time seemed irrelevant to me anymore. I opened a portal to time travel to another reality where I followed my interest to learn, feel and grow.
Dao produces one (universe),
One produced two (of YIN and YANG),
Two produced three (of Heaven, Earth and Man),
Three produced the universe of all things.
Lao Zi, Dao De Jing
I used to live a double life in high school:
One day, my teachers discovered my secret identity by spot-checking the Internet Cafe. I was caught up onsite and told to quit playing games and focus more on the hyper-competitive Colleague Entrance Examination.
I had at least 500 classmates from kindergarten to graduate school, but now I only stay in touch regularly with less than three people. Classmates are a product of random assignments, limited by your geographical locations.
Chances are we are surrounded by people who have very different backgrounds and interests, which lead to different paths in the future.
The same logic applies to colleagues unless we share the same vision to achieve some grand goals together. But most of the time, coworkers just want to have a stable job and get paid on time.
There I am, looking out at the vast Atlantic Ocean in front of me, breathing the tropical air from mid-autumn Madeira Islands, feeling the warm and energetic vibes at the local co-working centre.
I glance down at my laptop to greet my client from the other side of the world. Looking at the beautiful scenery of New Zealand in her background, I could almost smell the homey aroma of the flat white in her hand.
Imagine you can escape the 9 to 5 trap and work and live anywhere.
Imagine you can earn a decent living while enjoying the holiday every day.