“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” - Siddhārtha Gautama

What did the Siddhartha ( or as we know him “the Buddha”) mean when he said this? “Peace comes from within.” Here are a few things that I know about my feelings and inner peace.

I cultivate all my feelings myself. I call each one of them forth from a place within me. I call them forth by what I tell myself about everything that happens to me in my life. These messages about my experiences and about myself elicit feelings that are suppose to guide me through my life. Each feeling helps me understand what will encourage my wellbeing and what will not. It is my job to find the messages that help me align with my wellbeing and to use them to feel the wonderful feelings of my own goodness. 

The Buddha would probably tell us to seek enlightenment through one of the paths he prescribed. But I would simply tell anyone to follow your bliss. Follow the messages in your life that light you up on inside and make you feel amazing. To me enlightenment is self-knowledge. It is knowing who you truly are in this universe and what your purpose really is here. 

But true inner peace only comes when you know who you are because only then can you lay down all of the worries concerning your worthiness to life, your worthiness of love, your imperfectness, your have to fix this about yourself and your need to become something more than what you are now. Peace is the feeling we feel when we are secure with who we are and we are appreciating the perfection of life. 

I have within me the ability to feel perfectly perfect if I choose to. All I ever need do is allow everything, accept all and surrender to the goodness of my life. I am joy. I am love. I am so very good. And so are each one of you. 

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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.