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…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Dead Leaves

Tweet dead leaves shriveled on the branches winter wind sets them free –Terry Chitwood Outmoded trading ideas shrivel on the branches in our minds—and die. How do we set them free? Use the winter wind, the warrior’s way where the sharp sword of intention cuts through the clutter in our minds, freeing the dead thoughts…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: White Rose

Tweet mind melts dripping thoughts watering the white rose –Terry Chitwood Heaven The white rose in Dante’s The Divine Comedy (Paradiso Canto XXXI:1-27) is composed of a host of saints circling the Divine Light (God) with angels making  a winding descent into the white rose, in essence, becoming part of the white rose (see the…

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Tasteless Tea

Tweet tasteless tea brewed by mind alone –Terry Chitwood Intuition Who brews your trading tea? If you allow your intellect alone to make all your trading decisions, you will drastically limit your trading experience. Thoughts are tasteless.  Intuition introduces itself with colorful images, inner music playing, or the fragrance of a flower brushing your face….

Zen Kernels, Insights for Traders: Red Sun Blooms

Tweet red-rose petal swirls to the sky red sun blooms –Terry Chitwood My free-form haiku could be symbolically interpreted in various ways. Firstly, it could symbolize the spread of Zen Buddhism throughout Japan (the land of the rising sun). Secondly, it could refer to the positive effects of Christianity (the red-rose petal) on religious thought…