Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Only for an Instant

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Only for an Instant

a raindrop
rides the butterfly
only for an instant
–Terry Chitwood

We are in this world only for an instant. Viewing our trading from this perspective, we must ask ourselves, “How much time should we devote to trading?” This question’s answer depends upon if trading is a part of our sacred path, if it’s our vocation, if it’s engraved in our heart.

Ride the Butterfly

The raindrop rides the butterfly only for an instant before it breaks apart and dissolves in the emerging sunlight. Riding on the wings of transformation throughout our lives leads to fulfillment and meaning. If trading isn’t part of riding the divine butterfly through our lives, then we need to re-evaluate why we trade.

A Drop

No matter how tall we are, life is short (I couldn’t resist). The butterfly symbolizes hope through metamorphosis. The butterfly is eternal. We are but a drop in eternity; we are gone in an instant.

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Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Liquid Sunlight

Tweet drops of water slip through my fingers capturing sunlight as they fall a golden rain seeding the earth with liquid sunlight –Terry Chitwood Wash your mind with liquid sunlight, letting it penetrate every crevice, cleaning the cobwebs while infusing your thoughts with golden light, filling your words with a healing nectar that runs like…

The Christian Trader: Deliver Us from Evil

Tweet And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Matthew 6:13, KJV). Evil is woven into the fabric of the universe, a black thread weaving its way through our lives, an earthquake destroying the old and the new…

The Christian Trader: Seeking God

Tweet “And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, RSV). Paradox Seeking God through trading is a paradoxical concept. On one hand, trading seems to be a mechanized business devoid of spirituality….

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: Barracuda Teeth

Tweet sunny day swimming underwater in a tropical ocean suddenly face-to-face with a barracuda sharp teeth glimmering in the sun’s rays –Terry Chitwood A sunny day. The market winging upward, price floating on a cloud, until suddenly—it crashes. Meet the barracuda, ripping a chunk out of price, pulling the market down as the barracuda rapidly…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Hot Sand

Tweet hot sand burns my feet ocean waves roll in –Terry Chitwood The market, hot sand forming dunes in the wind, shimmers with radiant heat. Touch the market and it may burn you, leaving blisters in its wake, so you remember its flame. The market may turn your money into ashes, blown down the road…

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: The Serpentine Path

Tweet coiled cobra ready to strike –Terry Chitwood The poisonous snake, carrying deadly venom, crawls sinuously across the path. The market, a deadly predator, moves in a serpentine course across the screen. Both show no mercy. One can take your money; the other can take your life. One can take your body; the other can…

The Christian Trader: Gabriel’s Announcement

Tweet The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God” (Luke 1:35, Contemporary English Version). Awaken If you are receptive, the God seed will symbolically impregnate you, injecting you with a higher perspective, leading you…

The Christian Trader: Entwined with God

Tweet bright maroon vines entwined wholly bound to God –Terry Chitwood If we are wholly bound to God, there is no separation between God and us. We’re continually connected to God. Wondrous or dangerous? Or both? A Consuming Fire Being bound to God is dangerous. “For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29, KJV)….

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Ego Crunching

Tweet desert sand burning by day freezing by night –Terry Chitwood The market scorches you, scattering your ashes in its wake. The market freezes you, cracking your body into ice crystals, the wind sowing you like seed. The market specializes in shattering your ego, crushing its remains with a steel grip. At times, trading is…