“It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.” Wise words by zen master Shunryu Suzuki. Some weeks ago I made the experiment of going a full day in silence. Not uttering a word, not even a sound. Also no texting, no emails, no social media. To say it was challenging is an understatement!
However, it was a valuable experience because it brought home to me something profound. First, just sitting still and being completely calm is a great experience and is good mental training. Something every developing trader needs.
But calmness in activity is another kind of calmness. What do I mean? Being calm when sitting still just with the purpose of being calm and still is easy, because I’m focusing on the “activity” of being calm. When I am engrossed in work or some other enjoyable activity I am (in my best moments) also calm. The difference is that I’m not focused on being calm, but on the activity. The calmness comes automatically, just by relaxed, intense focus completely on the task at hand.
This week I have tried to be aware of my inner state more often, to be the observer of myself. I have tied to notice when I am calm and when I’m not. I have found that when I am calm in activity, I am also in my most productive and most creative state. It is also the state where I am least likely to make mistakes or take wrong decisions.
And it struck me: This is the state of mind I need for creating my future self – the Master Trader, this is where I get to be the architect of my dreams, this is where I create the game I’m going to play!
I have found that I can use the times when I’m in that state to get a lot of good work done, especially mentally challenging work (thinking!), which seems to flow much easier in that state as compared to when I’m not that calm.
I am amazed and think to myself why I could not have discovered this earlier. It is all good though, I am here now and I am enjoying the journey! Have you experienced anything similar? What are your thoughts? Please share.