Cultivating the emotional life

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” - Morrie Schwartz

Love is vitally important in building our bodies and allowing our lives to  have the highest degree of satisfaction and fulfillment. We think that we have to make something happen in this life or something must interact with us in order for us to be moved to feel any of the feelings we feel. Most of us just wait for good things to happen so that we can feel good. And we wait for loving things to happen so that we can feel love. We really don’t need to ever wait. We were born to feel exactly what we choose to!

The complete truth is we cultivate and nurture all the feelings that come to the surface in our lives. We are the one’s responsible for how we feel in each moment. There is no one who inserts feelings into us, or extracts them from us. All of the reasons that we give for our feelings are simply the excuses we allow ourselves to feel and express all that we do. But these feelings always come from within, never from outside of us. We have to lean toward any feelings and give it energy in order for it to gain enough momentum to allow us to feel anything strongly.

When I awake each morning, I actively tell myself what kind of wonderful day I am going to have. No matter how I feel, I push all that aside and I intentionally tell myself “I wonder what kind of awesome day am I going to have today?” This helps me set the stage to actively look for what I want in my day. It literally tells my brain to be on the look out for good stuff! 

A wonderfully loving life happens because we decide to take the kind of stance in life that allows love indiscriminately. And when you add it up, if the preponderance of experiences that we have are colored with love and joyful feelings then we can easily feel that we have a loving and joyful life. You are in control of how you feel, because you control your focus of attention and the thoughts you think. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. 

Oh and yes… I had to post a picture of me and my monkey! Man I love this little guy! I totally wish I could take care of monkeys!

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.