Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Blooming in Winter

Tweet red lotus breaks through the ice blooming in winter –Terry Chitwood Many traders live in their heads, embracing their intellect at the expense of their feelings. Encasing their emotions in ice, they view trading and life coldly, relying on reason instead of heart, becoming human computers who lost their souls. Dance How can they…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Leaving No Footprints

Tweet my footprints on the path melt in the morning sun –Terry Chitwood   Footprints define you; they show your identity. When you leave no footprints, the market can’t stalk you. Becoming nothing, going nowhere, you become mist, leaving no tracks, being impossible to pin down, like a whisper in the wind. No Thoughts Never…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Gems

Tweet emerald grass each blade a gem –Terry Chitwood What could be more ordinary than a blade of grass? And yet, in the poem, each blade is a gem. This refers to a blade’s internal essence (otherwise lawnmowers everywhere would have a field day shattering gems). Sorry lawnmowers, a blade’s internal essence is indestructible, and…

Celtic Images, Insights for Traders: The Otherworld

Tweet beyond the veil flowers bloom in winter –Terry Chitwood In the dusk, a shimmering light glows dimly, beckoning you to enter, enticing you with the faint smell of spring, with a beautiful melody barely heard, with the caress of a dew drop on your left hand, leading you to slip through the veil between…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Raven Moon

Tweet raven perched within the halo of the full moon –Terry Chitwood The raven, a guide to help you walk the moonlit path, a messenger of the gods calling you into divine service, calls your name. Enter the night; find the light. As a raven with moonlit eyes, spiral down into the dark depths of…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: No Footprints

Tweet on the snowy path leaving no footprints –Terry Chitwood Walk feather-light so your feet won’t touch the ground, like stepping on a cushion of air, suspended between moments, between breaths, a place where . . . time stops. Basking in the eternity between moments, frozen breath melts with the touch of a sunbeam; breath-drops…

Wild Wisdom, Insights for Traders: Stalking the Market

Tweet a wolf howls its undulating cry echoes through the canyon         –Terry Chitwood  The market undulates, rising and falling in sinuous waves, threading a path gradually upward like a monk ascending a winding path to the mountaintop, covered in mist, beckoning the monk onward—toward the heavenly gate. The market undulates, falling gradually like a…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: The Sound of Stone Breathing

Tweet claws scrape stone white tiger bounds across the bridge –Terry Chitwood Dreams of crossing bridges show a transition to a new phase of life, a phase that will test your mettle, challenging your ability to accelerate into the future. In the poem, the “white tiger bounds across the bridge,” illustrating the way to embrace…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Unmoving Mind

Tweet breath coming breath going leaving no tracks –Terry Chitwood Our natural breathing is uncontrolled, pulsing in its own rhythm, ocean waves—rolling in . . . rolling out. When we totally relax, we are breathed by our deeper Self, breath waves rising . . . falling, slowing into stillness. Our mind stops. Feather Breath When…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Distilling Darkness

Tweet distill darkness into starlight drink the light –Terry Chitwood The Texture of Night Darkness repels and invites, repelling us when we are afraid and inviting us when we remain open and curious. By entering the darkness and moving through it with intuition and the sense of touch, we experience the texture of the darkness–the…