In the last few months I started investing again in the stock markets.
Many years ago, I was very excited about trading but eventually I had to stop it because greed and fear was so often part of my decision making that I didn’t get the results I wanted.
I find that when I am invested in the market and watch the movement of the stock charts (the ones that go up and down) it is such a good way for me to learn about being present to what is happening in my life. I imagine the movement of the chart symbolises the ups and downs of living – the drama, and the adventure. Interestingly a stock market chart looks similar to an ECG (electrocardiogram) chart that shows the electrical activity of the heartbeat.
I can imagine myself on the chart being moved up and down with the flow of life. But I sometimes forget that I am also the still centre that watches the flow. The still centre could be where the vertical and horizontal axis of the chart meet. You could think of the axes as two arms coming out from the centre and embracing the world of activity.
I believe one objection to identifying with the still centre as well as the moving chart line is that there is no movement at the centre. One of the signs of death is lack of movement. When the ECG movement goes flat (expression is ‘flatlined’) the heart has stopped beating. We associate stillness with death.
I discovered to my surprise that when I clearly see I am the still centre and my arms embrace the world, I enjoy so much more the wild ride up and down on the chart. And maybe one day as the still centre I can also enjoy the flat line which will eventually happen on the chart?
by James Kelly, Miracle Choice