Flowing Mind


Of late I deeply devote myself to quiescence. Nothing in the world concerns my mind . . . . The breeze from the pine woods blows my sash; The mountain moon shines above my harp. You ask me to explain the reason of failure or success. The fisherman’s song goes deep into the river. --Wang Wei (Creativity and Taoism: A Study of Chinese Philosophy, Art and Poetry by Chuan-Yuan Chang, p.117) Quiescence.  A silent mind. No … [Read More...]

Gain By Losing


Gain by Losing “Taoists advise people not to seek recognition or public acclaim. Instead, act humbly, and quietly pursue the development of personal talents. Tao is not fulfilled in external awards or recognition but in accomplishing for itself” (Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance by C. Alexander Simpkins and Annellen Simpkins, p.67). Kill the Buddha Let the idea of becoming a master trader die. If you don’t, the recognition will … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: The Silver Web


moonlight glistens off the spider’s web turning it silver --Terry Chitwood A spider’s web conjures up images of entanglement, entrapment . . . of being unable to escape. You are caught in the web, unable to move, at the mercy of the spider. And spiders don’t have mercy. What are you to do? A Touch of Heaven Walk the web with nonstick soles . . . a nonstick soul. Don’t be tied to your ideas; don’t be bound to your beliefs. You need … [Read More...]

On the Edge


The ski racer on his edge tears around the gate, spraying ice shards in his wake. --Terry Chitwood From 1995-1997 I ski raced (mainly giant slalom) at the amateur level, living in Vail Colorado for most of the latter two years. The giant-slalom course got icy around the gates, especially for the later racers. I raced on 203cm Volkl skis because they were known to hold their edges well on ice. Necessary Risk Paradoxically, … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Glowing Golden


boulder filled with sunlight glowing golden in the snow —Terry Chitwood We radiate an inner light when we flow with life, tiny streams of lava coursing through our veins, making our body glow. As we walk the spiritual path, we melt the snow in front of us; we melt the concrete of reason, allowing our feet to touch the earth, caressing the soft soil, making for a gentler journey. Soft As we approach the market, its outer shell as hard … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: Angel Wings


angel wings flutter my eyelids awake --Terry Chitwood The brushing of feathers on my eyelids caresses them open, letting the light in. The soft awakening is like flower petals opening, reaching for the sun. I am awakened by the touch of an angel. Messages “Are [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14, KJV)? Ministering spirits, “What message do you bring?” Out … [Read More...]

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, … [Read More...]

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: In the Mirror


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 don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or the Great song.” We are all more than we think we are. We are not just our bodies; we are not just our emotions; we … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Wildness


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 into the city. Wild Market The trading floors in the tall buildings look down on the solitary weed. “No new … [Read More...]

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Jolted Awake


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 sleeping, we are vulnerable to the whims of the market. Asleep while Awake At certain times in our lives, … [Read More...]

The Christian Trader: The Face of Christ


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 faces toward heaven. The Rock In trading, we need solid ground on which to stand on. We need to rely on the … [Read More...]