Finding Purpose Through “No-Mind”

“I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” - Anne Frank

We all come to this life with strong purpose. Sometimes this purpose is clear and sometimes it reveals itself through the pain and struggle in our experience. But no matter how we each find our passions and our life plans, we all have something within us that gets us up in the morning. It’s funny though, purpose doesn’t come from thinking, or from pinning away until we know what it is, nor do is it always something that we are good at right away. Our purpose in life comes as a journey or process and we find it easily when we stop trying so hard and simply allow ourselves to have this life experience that we came here to have. Purpose comes to us from a place of “no-mind.” 

Our minds often offer too much resistance. Great artists create from this same place because where there is no resistance, the vital energy of this life flows to us and through us. Trying to think our way through this process often just creates blockages and slows down this process. When I found bodybuilding at the age of fifteen, I was simply in the grocery store with my mother helping her checkout. As I stood waiting for her I saw a magazine rack and right at eye level was Flex Magazine and Muscle and Fitness. On the cover were a couple of professional bodybuilders. As I picked up these magazines and gazed at these physiques, I knew with every fiber in my body what I was suppose to do. I was supposed to be a bodybuilder! I was suppose to make this strange and beautiful sport my life! I was hooked before I ever had my first real workout. 

I didn’t think about it. I never had to discuss it with anyone. I didn’t have to weight the pros and cons, or check to see if I could do it or even afford it. I just knew from that place deep within me that I was suppose to do this. And so my journey in this wonderful sport began. And since then I have had true clarity with this part of my life. Today I approach my business this way, my relationships this way, and just about everything I can in this manner. This kind of allowing in my life is a kind of faith, because I have to have believe without proof that there is a kind of higher power, a higher intelligence that is guiding me. You can call it God or Spirit or energy or universe, but no matter what you call it, it is me and more than me. Today I trust it more than I trust my mind. And when I do, I am filled with a kind of serenity and peace that allows me to only see what I really want to see in my world. 

I know there are other things out there for me to interact with in this world. But in Tad’s Happy Bubble, I get to always experience my true path. I get to see the beauty that exists, which is in part, created by my attention to it. And when I look into the mirror, I get to see, not with my eyes, but with the energy that creates worlds. I get to see the true me. The me that came here. 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.