How to stop loss in mindfulness

One of my stock investments hit its trailing stop loss last week. If you’re not an investor, you might not have heard of this before. But trailing stop losses are an investment technique that helps you set a limit on the most you are willing to lose on a stock, but at the same time …

Sometimes, getting out of bed is all it takes

So last night, I woke up from a dream about 1 A.M. In the dream, I had been talking over the phone with someone. And for some reason, they hung up on me. I tried calling them back, but they wouldn’t answer. So in the dream, I got angry that they wouldn’t answer the phone. …

Mastering craps, mastering ourselves

“To win at craps consistently, you must have the discipline to learn about the game, the desire to master it, and the wisdom to surrender to it. Those are the three secrets to winning at craps and they are the same as the secrets to winning at life.” – From “God Doesn’t Shoot Craps: A …

Youll NEVER again be this young!

You know, I help people with both Tai Chi and with mindfulness. Of course, I don’t really think of them as two different subjects. Instead, I think of, and look at, and feel that Tai Chi is just a specific “application” of mindfulness principles to our bodies and energy systems. At least, that’s the way …

Blaming the victim

Toby: Didn’t you lose a lot of money on that other investment, the one from that e-mail? Michael: You know what, Toby? When the son of the deposed King of Nigeria e-mails you directly asking for help, you help! His father ran the freaking country, okay? – from The Office (U.S. version), Season 2 Episode …

A mindful lesson from a bluesman

Back in May, while I was taking a break from these daily emails, Riley “Blues Boy” King died at the age of 89. B.B. King was a blues singer and guitarist, But that’s an understatement. It’s like saying the Eiffel Tower is tall. King was a blues giant. Though mostly known for his 1970’s hit, …

Someone is wrong on the internet

Have you heard of Cunningham’s Law? Ward Cunningham wrote the original software that powers Wikipedia. He once said: “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is *NOT* to ask a question. It’s to post the wrong answer.”   The website xkcd has a great comic about this called “Duty Calls”. It …

Mindfulness from an immature teenager

I remember one of my first “real” mindfulness insights. I was around 15 or 16 years old at the time. So this must have been 1976 or 1977. I don’t believe I’d even heard of Zen or mindfulness at the time. Or maybe I’d heard of it, but I certainly knew nothing about it. But …

“But I had to update Facebook”

Another great true story, from the NotAlwaysRight website. This happened in Texas, here in the U.S. Texas has a law against using handheld devices while driving through school zones. Well, a police officer observed a young, 20-something woman using her phone as she drove into a school zone. He pulled her over and told her …

The Face of Evil

“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” – Doctor Who, “The Face of Evil” (1977) …