In our world, people like to feel a sense of belonging, to fit into groups and into society. But there are also the people who want to be different (although that in itself is a category of it’s own). We all most certainly are unique in our personalities, experiences, emotional tendencies and triggers and, of course, intellect. In fact, no two people can ever be exactly the same. But let’s be real here. We can all be grouped as much as we hate to believe it.
Just as animals and plants can be classified into species and sub-categories that describe their appearance, structure, functional and physiological behaviours, we humans can also fit into categories. In the broadest form, we can be separated into obvious groupings of sex, size, height, eye colour, religion etc. all the way to more detailed ones that would be less visibly clear. These could be people’s food preferences, sports they like, or even how they react to situations – it all depends on what outcomes we are trying to learn about. But whatever the category, let’s be clear that this doesn’t mean that we can be judged by the categories we fall under.
What about groups where people strive to ‘feel good’ or generate higher emotions such as love, compassion and devotion? Or on the flip side, reduce negative emotions like hate, anger and resentment. All emotions we feel generate a chemical release from parts of the body, which in turn leads to a physical response. But at the same time the reverse is true – chemical imbalances in the body also trigger negative feelings and emotions.
So how can we increase the positive emotions that we feel? This is by keeping our bodies in balance and inducing the appropriate releases of the “feel good” chemicals – endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine.
We all know that there are multiple ways to achieve the same things, not just with feelings but in all areas of our lives. But for feelings and increasing our ‘vibes’, here are some ways in which people can be grouped together to reach the ultimate outcome of ‘feeling good’.
This is regardless of type of religion and just people who belong to any organised group of higher belief. Feelings generated are typically ones of devotion to one’s God (or Gods), compassion and forgiveness toward others, acts of kindness and mercy. In fact, a study in the U.S. showed that some religious activities activate the same parts of the brain as when people experience feelings of love and also when taking recreational drugs (dopamine – the feel-good chemical). Prayer also helps to clear the mind and detatch from stress, which regulates hormone levels and also allows the mind, body and spirit to connect.
But what is this all for, do you ask? In history, we have witnessed and scientifically explained many evolutionary stages in living things. And when it comes down to it, change is a necessary constant in order to adapt and survive. So if we look at the categories given above, and the need for all of us to ‘feel good’ and to ‘raise our vibes’, perhaps the question we should be directing ourselves at isn’t just how we raise our vibes, but also why are we all doing it and to what end? All living things follow behavioural patterns that were not necessarily taught to them. They likely don’t even know why they are taking certain actions, but just follow their innate instincts. It is only the human species that create thoughts from the mind that analyses what we do, how we do it, when we do it, and so forth. From these thoughts we then feel emotions that eventually impact our physical bodies. Now, if we take all of the groupings and understand that they all lead to same thing, of feeling good, perhaps we are not fully aware of the actual purpose we all have, and it is our own innate instincts to seek out ways to raise our vibrations. At the end of the day, we all choose the methods that work for us – but it’s nice to see that although we all have different methods, interests and abilities to do this, it may all be to the same end (or beginning).