Swimming Meditation (The Financial Athlete #143)

For meditation, focus on the breath. Bring awareness to the breath, and the body and mind connect. The present moment is experienced. Mindfulness awakens.

Meditation need not only be practiced while sitting. There is also walking meditation and swimming meditation if awareness is placed on the breath. Without rhythmic breathing, there can be no stroke rhythm in swimming. Indeed, an excellent swimmer swims with mindfulness.

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How does an investor engage mindfulness? She welcomes the “beginner’s mind” with more questions than answers along with an enthusiasm that stems from a vision of multiple possibilities. She embraces the “expert’s mind” with awareness and acceptance of what is, patience to wait for better value, and trust in her system built for sustained success. She does not strive to compete against others or any benchmark. She does not dwell in the past; and she is free of bias, unconfined by subjectivity and emotional entanglements with what she owns.

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” — George Carlin

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