Kindness is a state of being

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate” - Albert Schweitzer

Are you a kind person to others? Do you greet strangers with warmth and a smile? None of us have to be kind, but if you are then you may know what I know. Kindness always feels good! Nobel Peace prize laureate, Albert Schweitzer also understood the power we each wield when we offer kindness in all situations. But what is kindness really?

Kindness is more than just acting friendly. Kindness is a quality of being. Kindness is an emotional position that we take as we float through our lives. True kindness doesn’t happen because we are motivated, stimulated or incentivized to be nice to others, although that can happen too. True kindness is a stated of being, an orientation and proclivity towards acting friendly, generous, and considerate. It is who you are, not who you are trying to be. 

What is your state of being as you move through your life? Are you kind? Are you angry? Are you frustrated or sad? Or maybe you are just blah feeling. No matter what state of being you generally exist in, we all have the power to change our emotional states. 

Changing our orientation from angry to motivated, or from sad to hopeful, or even from hopeful to inspired isn’t always easy or even obvious that its possible to do in our moments. But the truth is we can. Psyching ourselves up isn’t new to athletes, but if we want to tune our feelings and states to kindness, love or joy then we need to do the internal work that is required to know what messages resonate with each of us deeply on any emotional level.

When you know your hot buttons for kindness, then you can easily pull out of your tool bag those inspirations within you that move your energy toward these higher emotions. This can take some effort but when you start to master it, then you may hear others refer to you as kind, loving, understanding and generous. No matter what, you will start to feel kindness more consistently and profoundly in your life experience. After all, we are love. We are joy. We are so very good. 

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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.