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From my journal; something to think about (one doesn't have to do it--just a thought).

Maybe it is all baloney anyways--I have brainwashed myself properly over time; fully compliant with that voice in my head now. It says the same thing to me everyday for 20+ years now; and I never tire of him letting me know my edge is played out 1 trade at a time.
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"I read a very good article that actually referenced a trading tool I have been using for 9+ months now.

As of Sunday night that performance is 'dead to me.' I usually work alot harder on Sunday reviewing and going over my charts after a very good week than a week in which I underperformed.

Here is the article; it is...good stuff!

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7...e-espn-magazine

I personally use deep breathing and visualization as I get ready to enter a trade (typically when it is getting near one of my setups)."

This is the company and the machine some pro athletes are using.

From the article...

"Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek, Calif. In an office shaded by mountain redwoods, White hooks me up to an emWave..."
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I am currently reading Amazon.com: The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence (9780062516060): Doc Lew Childre, Howard Martin, Donna Beech: Books it looks to be very interesting. Very scientific and not a light read but full of solid research and I think, useful information. Only about 25% of the way through so can't render judgement yet.

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If I were not our of town, I would trade the euro right now. Can't really explain why, but I like the way it looks best of the 3 I watch heavily. I could just change instruments and presto, I'm a euro trader, but it is tough enough to trade without the right chart layout and a slower connection speed.

CL is getting tired, but there is little to provide resistance. I thought about going for my $100 before midnight, but that is not what I feel is the right thing to do.

ES should blow the top off 1282, but I do not like trading ES. There is not enough room on a single screen to watch TF. I have a big TV as a 2nd monitor, but setting the resolution higher causes it to say "No Signal", so space-wise, I have 2 laptop screens. I considered buying monitors here. I have considered flying with my own monitors. But I hate checking bags. Adds an hour, minimum, when I count each end.

It seems obsessive that I put so much emphasis on keeping up with trading while traveling. But, I keep up with eating, showering, what's the difference? Trading is not a hobby for me. It is not investing. I am working towards making it a job, but it is not that either. I have often said it is not about the money. Of course it's about the money, but I still know that really, it's not. I can't really describe what it is though. At some times, it is a passion. At others, it is possibly life itself. Sometimes it is drama, or action, or comedy. Sometimes it is me against the world, and other times me in harmony with the world. And both of those thoughts can be profitable.

Trading feels so organic compared to other means of making money. It is a flow, it is measuerd by the math of nature, it moves by human emotion, it triggers depths of thought that otherwise might go unknown. Learning to trade sounded like an academic task, and there is that aspect, but more than that it is a personal journey of self-discovery.

If someone asked, how I made money, and I said I was a trader, that would not be correct. A mathematician? Hardly. A researcher of probabilities? Somewhat, but that is not the point. A gambler? Maybe, but you try not to be. What, then, is this? And the fact that I probably could not answer that is possibly what makes it so appealing.


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I've always found it difficult to walk the same path as others.
I see that I don't see things as most people see them and I don't think as most people do.
I've done just about everything in my life differently.
Not as a selfish, self serving person, not to disturb or interfere with the norm,
indeed there was often much trepidation in me, in whatever I was about to embark on.
But it was always passion that drove me. Not desire, not need, but passion.
It was the love of the thing, in the doing and of the being.
It becomes not about what I get from something but about what I give to it.

Beautiful. 100%. Beautiful. What more is there?

 
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I've always found it difficult to walk the same path as others.
I see that I don't see things as most people see them and I don't think as most people do.
I've done just about everything in my life differently.
Not as a selfish, self serving person, not to disturb or interfere with the norm,
indeed there was often much trepidation in me, in whatever I was about to embark on.
But it was always passion that drove me. Not desire, not need, but passion.
It was the love of the thing, in the doing and of the being.
It becomes not about what I get from something but about what I give to it.

To cut a very long story short,
I was always me without even realizing it.
A wise man that is no longer with us, once said to me, when I was relatively young ,
"don't let the world change who you are" and without even thinking I replied
"assuming we know who we are ?".

I felt I'd spoken out of turn, such was my respect for him, but without saying anything more,
he just gave me a warm and knowing smile and walked on.
It took me about 20 years to understand the true meaning of what he said.
and another 20 odd years to understand the true significance behind his smile

I think more often than not, it doesn't matter to have to know where something comes from.
That it is here, within us is the real point of it all.
That we are conscious of it and at the very least acknowledge it, will lead us to question if we want it or not.
Such that we can tell the difference and value between things like anger and empathy,
fear and courage, passion and indifference, love and guilt, egoism and humility, integrity and deceit.

We come to know the truth of some things and we don't really need to know how or why.
Like needing silence to hear.
Like straiining to understand a distant pain until we let go of the need to.
As when the truth of something comes to light when we're not looking at it.

Ultimately it's all about our truth I think.
Our true nature.
Returning to the source that is everything.

Opening ourselves to the possibility of all that we can be is one thing.
Being that, only happens by realizing that we already are and
realizing that, only happens when we let go of what ever we recognize as stopping us.

"the "self" is an entirely illusory entity, constantly changing, full of contradictions which only habit prevents us from discerning.
But above all, the "self" is selfish.
As if flying in panic from any recognition of its own nothingness, it feverishly erects edifices of self importance, self aggrandizement, self love.
More binding than any prison, since we unthinkingly take its very walls for reality, it prevents us from ever realizing the true significance of our being here.
"
D Pendlebury (English Author and Scholar)

What's any of this got to do with trading ?
A lot (imo).
with sincere and kind regards

shalom

zt, I grabed a quote out of your quote, but have no business messing with it. Reposting as-is. No edit justified.

You and I shared some thoughts months ago, I was in DC proper then, I can still picture the room and the glow of the laptop as we conversed about your beginnings into trading. I recall commenting about the image of the iceberg, how wise, how appropriate.

I might like this post of yours better than any you have offered previously. It seemed to have more transparency, a word I often use but could not explain. And it fell right into where my head is tonight.

I see it was edited since the original, and I know that because I often go back through these pages, and I remember them all to some degree

There are several traders here I was meant to meet, and you are one.


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You know my 1 other main interest.

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'A researcher of possibilities.'
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You know my 1 other main interest.

peace

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I might actually get it, that, "ponderous" has no place in "possible". "Probable", is different, it requires further calculation, but "possible" has no math attached to it.

 
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