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breathing = trading

  • ask yourself: “what is the crowd waiting for?” “What do they need to see?”
  • What would confirm in their mind that the trade is NOW?!”
  • learn to see it before it happens
  • create separation between you and the crowd
  • be on the edge of them, so you can sense the mood, but don’t be inside the crowd
  • be aware of the crowd but be OF the crowd
  • be positioned in the quiet moment before they take off running
  • let their energy propel your position
  • if you are using “Red-Doji-Green-Go” on the 5s, consider the 1s or 3s as you see the front end of a doji occurring
  • what’s a doji look like as it is beginning to form?
  • a change in the downtrend that was the big red candle….failure to fail further, created the beginning of the doji
  • that’s the time to dial in and listen carefully
  • do you hear the absence of further failure?
  • do you hear the quiet pause between exhale (fear, selling, money flowing out) and the inhale?
  • (beginning to generate the energy of the next leg up)
  • this is the “natural respiratory pause”
  • this is the moment we train in marksmen
  • to pull the trigger at a moment of stability
  • in between the exhale and inhale
  • it’s the most stable moment in the body
  • there are 3 points in the breath: inhale, pause, exhale
  • in your practice of meditation, do some breath work:
  • 4 counts inhale, 4 counts pause, 4 counts exhale, 4 counts pause
  • learn to recognize and feel each state
  • learn the quality of the pause
  • feel your smooth emotional state
  • sip the air in, hold, let it seep out, hold
  • now feel price breathing
  • learn to dial in to the pace of the breath in the cycle that seems to be in force
  • sometimes at the opening its 5s and 1s; later it may be 15s and 5s, or 60 and 15
  • try Ken Cohen’s CDs on breathing meditations
  • monitor the breathing of the crowd
  • but don’t breath with them
  • stay true to your cycle of breathing
  • dont match their pace
  • watch cats stalking and watch their breathing
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  1. Terry Lesniak
    June 12, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Our 14 year-old shnauzer/lhasa mix(Spike) has an over-reactive response to a calico cat named Scooter. As Scooter rolls around languidly on the sidewalk, Spike tugs so hard on his choke chain, he passes out from lack of oxygen. The first time it happened scared the hell out of me. From now on, when Spike and I take our daily walks and we run into Scooter, I’ll pick him up and go around him.

    When the breath of calmness meets the breath of chaos…opportunity arises.

    Great post!

  2. osamu
    June 15, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Hi Terry,

    I will not tell which is superior, dogs or cats, but I myself like to see a sleeping cat breathing calmly. However, it may pretend to be only sleeping, lying with his eyes closed. As well, the markets sometimes pretend to be sleeping calmly, and suddenly wake up, running away rapidly. Trading business may be similar to watching this “pretending to be sleeping” cat and to chase it when the cat suddenly stands up and starts running.


    • Terry Lesniak
      June 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

      Hello Osamu,

      How true! To be the cat and see its character change…low,stealthy crouch,pointed ears pulled back…getting in front of the change…there is the nuanced artwork!


  3. osamu
    June 16, 2010 at 9:42 am


    That’s right. If a trader behaves like a cat, watching and monitoring mkts is waiting and preparing for the next sudden action of “another cat.” Cat-A is quietly seeing Cat-B, which is pretending to be sleeping. Even if suddenly Cat-B starts running, Cat-A can chase it as long as it continues paying enough attention, and it needs endurance and concentration, calmly.

    By the way, I wonder why your dog, Spike, likes the waking course near the place where the cat, Scooter, is lying, so much. Are you talking about peoples’ irrational behaviors in mkts, through the tale of your dog, Spike?


    • Terry Lesniak
      June 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

      Spike thinks he is indestructible….unfortunately, he needs to do a little “due diligence” regarding his environment…as we all do, especially in a live trading situation!


      • osamu
        June 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

        Yes, lack of “due diligence”…, in an economical meaning, it reminds me of a person who is ignoring his/her bad debt and financial environment/situation, but in another meaning, I imagine so many traffic accidents without “due care” in mkts, which would be avoidable if they behaved a little more carefully/rationally.

        BTW, again, we are talking about efficiency/inefficiency in behavioral financial theory through talking about behaviors of dogs and cats, I feel. To understand peoples’ irrational behaviors in mkts, we may be able to learn a lot, watching animals’ usual behaviors.


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