Tao Te Ching (Chapter 45)
What’s perfectly whole seems flawed,
but you can use it forever.
What’s perfectly full seems empty,
but you can’t use it up.
True straightness looks crooked.
Great skill looks clumsy.
Real eloquence seems to stammer.
To be comfortable in the cold, keep moving;
to be comfortable in the heat, hold still;
to be comfortable in the world; stay calm and clear.
(By Lao Tsu, interpreted by Ursula K. Le Guin)
“True straightness looks crooked.” The path to becoming a successful trader is not straightforward. The trading path has its twists and turns. The reason for this is not mainly the learning curve but character development. The Tao is more interested in your depth of consciousness than in your grasp of trading lore. Ah, mmm, . . . . “Real eloquence seems to stammer.” Although the stammer seems similar to the meditative om sound.
Let Your Mind Flow Free
Can Taoist meditation help your self-development as well as your trading acumen? Try it and find out. Many Westerners are too externally oriented and need to focus internally to regain energy. I’m speaking of Taoist meditation in the sense of following your inner nature or internal processes. Sit down, close your eyes and see and feel what is happening inside. Let your mind flow where it will. Let your mind move toward visual images, sounds in the house, sensations in your body, your breathing, and/or thoughts or feelings that are arising.
It seems that by letting your mind flow free internally for even five or ten minutes, you may feel more energy and may gain some insights about yourself. And all of this is spontaneous . . . uncontrolled. Then you can enter the emotionally fiery trading world refreshed. “To be comfortable in the heat, hold still; to be comfortable in the world; stay calm and clear.”