From Chaos to Peacefulness

Learning our financial selves takes time. The ups and downs of the market is enough to cause fragility in the most stable mind. This is why it’s important to recognize what makes us tick.

It’s a tendency to want to avoid or due away with strong emotions, but as Thích Nhất Hạnh says, “There is no need to run away from our garbage. We can learn the art of taking care of our suffering and transforming it into peace, joy, and loving kindness.”

In the midst of a chaotic episode, we must stop and use the fuel that drives the madness and convert it to mindfulness. It may seem impossible, but with practice, it can be done. We can begin by taking small moments where we experience a disturbance in the mind and pay close attention to it. Recognizing the thoughts, bodily sensations, and reactions. However, we don’t stop here. It’s important to write them down and keep a record of how we respond to these uncomfortable situations – investigate, reassess and look for alternative responses.

 In doing so, we are increasing our awareness of how we react to difficult circumstances, but because we are doing it after the matter, we can see it a bit clearer. Through this new insight, we begin to create a mindfulness plan for when we face our habitual tendencies.

If we are diligent with this practice, we will start to create a shift and ultimately go from chaos to peacefulness.

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