It’s only natural that you will have questions on mindfulness.
After all, human beings dislike uncertainty, but are inquisitive.
I’m sure no one knows about this dislike of uncertainty better than traders.
So, you’re curious about mindfulness and want to learn about it.
That’s fine, but be willing to accept the answers you receive.
But there are some questions you should not pursue too far because you will not receive good answers.
And if you do get any answers you will not find them of much use to you.
1. How does mindfulness work?
This question is sure to cross you mind and it’s fine to explore it a bit.
But the short answer is that no one really knows how it works.
Sure you will gain some answers and scientific exploration of brain waves has provided some insights.
But you will have to accept that you are not going to get a comprehensive answers and probably not a answers that is sufficient to fully resolve your curiosity.
Is this a problem for you? Is it a reason to disregard mindfulness?
Why would this be so?
After all you are using a computer or some electronic device to read this. How does that work?
You may know a bit (or even a lot) about the internal workings. Or you may know nothing at all.
What matters is that you know how to operate it.
Will you be a better trader if you learn more about how the workings of the internal parts of the computer you use for trading? Probably not.
And that’s the approach you need to adopt in respect of the exercises in mindfulness.
You need to know how to do it, not how it works.
2. Am I doing it right?
Typically, you’ll be about 1 minute or less into the first exercise in a mindfulness course when you will start to ask this question.
Again that’s perfectly normal. You are investing time into learning something and you have committed to doing so.
So, you want to know if you are doing it right.
A key issue in mindfulness is that it is a non-judgmental examination of your mind and body.
Sure you want to assess your progress but that will come in time.
In the meantime, stop judging yourself.
Follow the course. Trust it.
And trust yourself.
No one else is judging you so why are you doing it to yourself?
3. How long does it take?
The guides included in the free introductory course from mindfulnesstrading.com are spread over 15 days.
But this is length of time for the delivery of the course.
Do not confuse this with the length of time it will take to start to practice mindfulness.
And definitely do not confuse this with the length of time over which you should incorporate mindfulness into your life and your being.
The fact is that there are no time limits.
This is not a process with an end. It is not a process where you will say ‘done that, passed the exam’.
Because there is no exam.
You will know you are becoming skilled with mindfulness when you know what mindfulness means and you see it becoming part of your life and your way of thinking about your life.
It becomes you.
It’s up to you if you want this.
And if you want it then it is not something you want to end.
4. How will I know it’s working?
This is a rather similar question to number 2 above but with one major difference.
Previously you were assessing yourself in asking if you were doing it right.
But now you are assessing mindfulness.
What you are really asking is ‘does it work?’
Stop assessing the process.
What makes you think you have the skills that are required to assess mindfulness?
You are in no position to make such a judgement call.
Learn to make it work.
Let mindfulness work for you.
5. How much trading profit will I make?
In one sense this is the crudest question. But it is also the one among these five with the most validity.
Because you have a single ultimate objective.
That is to make trading profits.
And if you are asking this question then at least you have the correct long term focus.
However, mindfulness will not make money for you.
There are plenty of sites on the internet where various manifestations of the so-called ‘Law of Attraction’ put forward claims that if you just start thinking in a certain way then riches will somehow, almost magically, come your way.
These sites will probably not use the word ‘magically’ but they provide no coherent explanations so this is ultimately what they are relying on.
Typically, they will use the word ‘secret’.
There are no such claims being made here.
You make money from trading by having and following a trading plan that gives you an edge in the market.
That does no change.
So the profits you make depend on two things: how good your plan is and how well you follow it.
Mindfulness is not a trading plan.
But mindfulness will help you to implement your plan.
So it is a part of your overall plan.
These Questions on Mindfulness Don’t Help
So don’t ask them. Well not too much anyway.
We recognise that it is human nature to ask these questions.
However, it will be of no help to you to pursue them too far.
Some of them are just the wrong question while, perhaps, some of them cannot be answered.
Never pursue the impossible as you are sure to fail.
And don’t pursue something that is of no help to you in reaching your objective.
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Meta: It’s perfectly natural that you will have some questions on mindfulness. That’s fine. But accept the answers you find if you want to reach your objective.