“It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.” Wise words by zen master Shunryu Suzuki. I certainly can testify to that after last weeks experiment with silence.
But calmness in activity is another kind of calmness. What do I mean? Being calm when sitting still Continue reading “Week 23 – Calmness”
I went into the silence this week. I am quite comfortable with silence so one day of silence was not a big deal. It was for my family though 🙂 Continue reading “Week 22A – Silence”
This is what I aspire to. Mastery! And so, I think, do a lot of people. But there are some questions to be answered here… First: Mastery of what? Second: What does Mastery actually mean; how will I recognize it; how will I know when I have achieved it; and most importantly Continue reading “Week 22 – Mastery”
An atom is mostly nothing, essentially empty space. So we heard on the MKMMA webcast last week. So there is more “nothing” than “something” in us, and indeed in everything that exists in the physical world.
Well… it is true in a sense of course, but I was not quite satisfied. Why? Because I think there is an even better way to express it. How about a little detour into the world of quantum physics? Continue reading “Week 21 – Nothing”
This week (well, last week actually) I started teaching at a Business School here in Munich. It is always a very rewarding experience to teach. But the insight I had about teaching has nothing to do with formal teaching.
In addition to teaching, I also had a lot going on socially, and I find myself always wanting a deeper Continue reading “Week 20 – Teaching”
In trading the financial markets, one of the prerequisites of success is to be able to do with consistency that which feels unnatural and uncomfortable. Since my natural tendency is towards careful planning and staying within my comfort zone, I often feel challenged.
The other night I met with a friend and I showed him my DMP. He read it carefully and said “It is well written, very clear, and inspiring. But does it help you get out of your head, out of your planning, and out of your comfort zone? Because you need Continue reading “Week 19 – Improv”
We all make mistakes. My dharma is to become a Master Trader, and the first step on that journey is to consistently execute with excellence – which is a phrase I’ve adapted from Scroll IV.
I have read somewhere that how good a trader you are is a function of how many mistakes you make. The Master Trader makes very few mistakes, that’s why he’s a Master!
Today I made a mistake, and I thought I’d write about it here because it is really what I have learned through the Master Key Experience that has Continue reading “Week 18 – Mistakes”
I am a hero. I am answering the call to greatness, the call to Mastery of my chosen profession. I am walking the path of the Sage.
The path is strewn with obstacles, but I don’t mind them, because they are great opportunities in disguise. For example, this week I once again have been sick, first a sprained ankle, then a severe lumbago. I can stand sitting at my computer for no more than 20-30 minutes, then I need to lie down.
But Continue reading “Week 17A – Hero”
In the past, I have given myself permission to do a less “strict” version of the daily readings, index carding, etc. for a limited period of time. I did this over the holidays.
This past week I have been giving myself permission to be sick with the flu and just do whatever I felt like doing. And that has not been involving a whole lot of index cards! I don’t know; it’s just Continue reading “Week 17 – Permission”
So several things came together this week. Little, subtle things. Some were triggered by the growing resistance I feel towards doing the things, reading the cards, talking to myself, flipping through cards, etc. And some were just little snippets picked up here and there. Seemingly incongruent pieces of a puzzle that suddenly came together.
In fact, the synthesis began last week where we had Continue reading “Week 16 – Plans”