Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Melting into Green

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Melting into Green

white lawn
covered
with hail
melting into
green
–Terry Chitwood

We all need to melt into green, shedding our hard skins with the dawn. As melting hail, we nourish the earth, tendrils of water flowing deeper and deeper. Becoming water, we become flow. And becoming flow, we are the market.

Rhythms

We are birds in flight . . . soaring, plummeting, gliding. To flow is the goal. Incorporating the rhythms of the market into our bodies, weaving them into our bones, leads to a proprioceptive understanding. Sensations mirror the rhythm of the market, allowing us to vibrate to its pulsations.

Mystery

To feel and sense rather than think and analyze expands our way of perceiving the market. Moving beyond our limitations of how we view the market, of how we interface with the market, we end up with an expanded view of ourselves. We are more than our mind; we are made of mystery.

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: In the Mirror

Tweet I look into the mirror and I see a falcon, gazing at me. –Terry Chitwood As I read my poem I am reminded of the poem “Circles” by Rilke. Here is an excerpt: “I am circling around God, around the ancient tower and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still…

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Wildness

Tweet a green weed growing through a crack in the city’s sidewalk wildness emerging –Terry Chitwood A weed grows, unwanted and alone, despised by gardeners, yet defiant in its boldness. Useless and unruly, surrounded by concrete, the weed stands tall. Waving in the wind, the color of distant forests, it brings a trace of wilderness…

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Jolted Awake

Tweet head nodding asleep in my chair jolted awake by the fire-truck siren –Terry Chitwood The market slows down, drifting like a leaf on the wind, spiraling down, gusting up, lulling us asleep. While we’re asleep, the market accelerates, falling off a cliff or soaring toward the sun—in any case, moving against our position. While…

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The Christian Trader: The Face of Christ

Tweet Sunlight through the stained-glass window paints the face of Christ on the hardwood floor of the church. –Terry Chitwood The face of Christ, radiant on the church’s floor, illustrates the divinity of humility. Lying prostrate on the hardwood floor brings us into the right relation to God. Grounded in Christ, we can turn our…

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Wind over Water

Tweet wavelets softly brush the lake’s shore wind over water –Terry Chitwood “Wind over Water” is hexagram 59 in The I Ching or Book of Changes. One image for “Wind over Water” is a warm, spring wind gently dissolving the winter ice on a lake, the soft overcoming the hard, the warm overcoming the cold….

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Rebirth

Tweet wind-blown ash falls on the lake sinking slowly –Terry Chitwood Ash from the burning up of an out-moded worldview lands softly on the lake, fire dissolved in water, a promise of new life. Worn-out ideas become hardened—brittle to the touch. Rigid ideas crack and fall apart, turning to dust, washed away by the spring…

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Invisible Matrix

Tweet walking on wind dancing on water invisible matrix –Terry Chitwood During our lives, we are supported by an invisible force. Some people call it the universe; some people call it God. But call on it we must if we want to survive our journey through this world. An underlying invisible foundation permeates our lives,…

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Clear Lake

Tweet sand dunes shaped by wind clear lake –Terry Chitwood Sand, dried-up trading ideas burnt by the sun, blows through traders’ minds every day. Tiny particles seep into trading ideas, causing them to become brittle and break. Then the wind comes whisking the fragments away. Traders’ minds go blank, conceptions turned to dust. Creativity Contrasted…

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Green Eyes

Tweet the ocean sprays my eyes coloring them green –Terry Chitwood Green eyes convey mystery like the song “Green-Eyed Lady” by The Guess Who. The following are some applicable lyrics: Green-eyed lady, wind-swept lady Rules the night, the waves, the sand Green-eyed lady, ocean lady Child of nature, friend of man Night-Sea Journey The lyrics…

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