The Religion of Kindness

"When I offer anything from a place of love, then love is what I am really asking the universe for more of."


“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama XIV

I have always followed what the Dalai Lama has written and said since college. His expressions of kindness have been inspirational to me and they have helped me to feel more at peace in my life. I have also experienced feelings of wellbeing which I had to work so hard to feel before. I used to go to church three times a week. I used to call myself religious. I used to worship as a Christian. Heck, I even studied at a seminary in graduate school. During those decades of my life I felt no deeper inner connection. I felt judged by God, by others and myself. All I felt was discord with what the institution wanted from me and what I saw as compassionate and kindness to all. I have never cared who anyone loves. I have never cared what others have done in their past. And I have never wanted to participate in any form of inequity towards anybody or any group. Most churches seem to hold such views couched around scripture as a way to justify any kind of inequities. So I departed from my church’s beliefs because I felt and still feel that religion is for me an outdated way to control my behavior. Today my religion is very simple. I don’t have one. I don’t need one. Instead, I govern my life based on a few simple ideas. 

First, I must know who I am. This means that I embrace that I am an infinite loving spiritual creature having a physical experience. Second, I must always offer from a place of love. When I offer anything from a place of love, then love is what I am really asking the universe for more of. And finally, I must let go of any notions of control that I may want over any outcomes of my life. I must allow this universe to deliver all that it is going to in its own good time. For me this is a form of accepting or allowing into my life. I act, think and speak from a place of loving compassion. Today this is why I social distance and stay home with a smile. This is why I pass no judgement on anyone who differs in opinion. I have set up my life as it suits me. We all must do the same.  I am love. I am joy. I am so very good.

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.