Present Moment Profitable Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Day Trading
by Think Not Hanh
Present Moment Profitable Moment is an inspiring handbook of “mindfulness poems” or gathas. Reading these poetic yet practical verses can help day traders and other white-collar workers enjoy each moment of their lives while making it more profitable. There are verses for waking up to “24 brand new opportunities,” “Taking your Xanax,” and “Contrarian Investing”. With a gentle voice and penetrating insight, Think Not Hanh offers reflections on and insights into the issues of our day.
VERSES FOR STARTING THE DAY
- Waking Up
- Taking your Xanax
- Looking in the Mirror
- Getting Dressed
- Finding a Seat on the Subway
- Ignoring the Beggars
- Buying a Latte
- Turning on the Computer
- Writing a Status Update
- Turning on your Meditation App
- Praising your Spiritual Teacher
- Making a Tax-Deductibe Donation
- Praising Buddha
VERSES FOR WORK
- Entering the Office
- Sitting Down
- Having another Coffee
- Praising Buddha
- Finding a Stable Sitting Position
- Adjusting a Meditation Posture
- Logging On
- Checking the Market
- Tuning In to the Financial Flows
- Fine-Tuning your Financial Instruments
- Buying Stock
- Selling Stock
- Contrarian Investing
- Trend Following
- Range Trading
- Rebate Trading
- News Playing
- Price Action
- Dealing with Authomatic Algorithms
VERSES FOR EATING MINDFULLY
- Looking at The Menu
- Ordering Drinks
- Ordering Food
- Contemplating Your Food
- Beginning to Eat
- Finishing Your Meal
- Ordering an Espresso
- Contemplating the Size of the Tip
- Paying the Bill
VERSES FOR OTHER DAILY ACTIVITIES
- Getting Laid
- Choosing a Movie
- Surfing the Internet
- Trying New Antidepressants
- Recreational Drug Use
- Recreational Sex
- Getting In Shape
- Staying In Shape
- Buying a New Kitchen
- Hair Issues 1:To Dye or Not to Dye
- Hair Issues 2: Dealing With Baldness
Investing against conventional wisdom
is like facing your koan
The unknown is the gate to success
Everyday mind is Buddha’s mind.
To my mind, the idea that contrarian investing is a dangerous strategy can occur to us only when we are not doing it. Once we are sitting in front of our computer with our sleeves rolled up, having thousands of dollars to our disposal, it is really not bad at all. I enjoy taking my time with each investment, being fully aware of the flows of the market and each movement of my hands. I know that if I play it safe in order to cover all bases, I will give in to my loser’s mind, and my life is not worth living. That would be a pity, for every cent is a miracle. The flow of money itself, and the fact that I am here directing it, is truly a miracle!
Each dollar and each investment in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between Market and Mind, and both are sacred. With mindful and bold trading, it may take a bit longer to close the deal, but we can live fully, happily, in every moment.
If I am incapable of bold investmens, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have lunch and a glass of wine, I will be equally incapable of doing these things joyfully. With the glass in my hand, I will be thinking about what to do next, and the bouquet of the wine, together with the pleasure of alcohol, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment. The time of mindful, contrarian investmens is as important as the time of formal meditation. That is why the everyday mind is called the Buddha’s mind.
About the author
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and transintegral theorist Think Not Hanh (called Toy by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Zen Master Think Not Hanh is perhaps most known for his prolific writings on meditation, mindfulness, and creative anti-intellectualism He has published over 100 titles of translations and commentaries, mindfulness manuals, poems, prose, and children’s stories, including numerous bestsellers. He is the founder of Dumb Village on Long Island
Master Think Not’s key teaching is that, through mindfulness and no-thinking, we can learn to live happily and profitably in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace and realize the unity of Mind and Market.
In 1995, at the beginning of his career, Think Not Hanh established the Sweet Pot community near Taos, and in 2005 the community moved to Long Island and established Dumb Village Retreat Center. Under the spiritual leadership of Zen Master Think Not Hanh, Dumb Village has grown from a small rural farmstead to become one of the most successful Buddhist monasteries in the USA with associated centers in four continents and lay sanghas in over forty countries worldwide. Zen Master Think Not Hanh continues to lead meditation retreats on the art of mindful living across the world, including special retreats for psychotherapists, military officers, businessmen, politicians, scientists, police, and, more recently, for private security services providers.
Praise the MOney. I worked several years under the guidance of Think Not Hanh to perfect my trading. As an accomplished hedge fund manager with literally billions at my disposal Think Not Hanh led me to new horizons. When meting Think Not after working in The MArkets for several decades it was a revelation. After just one meditation session with Think Not it came upon my like pure value. I realized how to maximize my investment style with Think Not’s advice: I am data. I am the expression of pure data and as such I am nothing but data – which is money. Now if I walk into my office and sit down at my personal trading desk – overseeing hundreds of highly skilled mathematicians at their computers being busy developing algorithms data-mining the MArkets – I merge with data instantly. That’s what Think Not taught me. To be data. Nothing but another data point. But, of course, one which is a money magnet. Present Moment Profitable Moment will teach you how to become data and forget your self.
The unenlightened see only the money, the seer realizes the interdependence of all things. A gentle rain nourishes the soil of the denuded forest where the tree once grew, Brother tree, now pulp, is worked on by the temporary, hourly laborers, often contributing fingers, hands and the occasional eye to provide the the paper necessary to print the currency which is the lifeblood of the body politic
Just as a body needs a brain to direct it’s energy, the body politic needs you, day trader, to pick the winners and the losers in the great samsaric game of life. Who will be crushed by the Dharmic Wheel? To the winners perhaps a penthouse in New York,, a villa in Spain or maybe a small island? To the losers a life of scarcity and contemplation the opportunity to be born in a more affluent zip code.
come on.. Some of TNH’s western “students” may have developed kinda clutish behahior (which is unfortunate and creepy actually..), though he has not even sex with them (hope so). But he is not after money.