Money. The word itself has a power of its own. It can induce feelings and start a train of thought instantly. Unfortunately, often these feelings and thoughts are negative and stressful. We believe that achieving a healthy relationship with money is necessary because it's attached, in some way, to almost every aspect of our lives. In reality most people have enough money, even after the recent market collapse. What they don't have is the level of calm, clarity, focus, and equanimity required to live peacefully with money. Mindfulness can help achieve it. We will focus a great deal on equanimity throughout the book, and while the term may seem unfamiliar, it simply means accepting your thoughts and feelings without judgment, which allows you to maintain balance.
The Mindful Investor is a friendly, non-threatening guide for individual investors, business people, and professionals who are looking for a better way to manage their money. We believe that financial success is important, but we believe that you must create your own definition of success, and this will vary for everyone. We'll assist you in creating your definition by guiding you to achieve clarity about what's truly important to you, and showing you how to stay focused on what matters and be equanimous with what you can't control.
The tool we will introduce you to is Mindfulness meditation. The benefits of Mindfulness meditation in the worlds of business and finance include:
Greater focus and concentration