Islam, Buddhism & Neuroscience – Love

To love is human – How is this so?

The strongest thing is to love – The more you love yourself and those around you, the better because you will nurture what is within you and what is around you.

To love unconditionally is to love in spite of all the peaks and valleys. There is this element of indifference which goes beyond what we can verbally explain.

So then, its safe to say that love is one of the strongest forces in life. Recently, I have found a link between some of the ideals that the Buddhists spread throughout their society in the East – showing compassion and generosity towards others.

Showing compassion and generosity is a way in which one can show love to another. When you show compassion and generosity, you are being loving and nurturing. This is when as a human, you are in some of your strongest, most vibrant states.

In Islam, one of the five pillars is Charity or alms-giving (zakat) – Each year a Muslim should give money to charity (Usually 2.5% of their savings). If a person does not have much money, they can give services to others instead. This is another way in which religious philosophy has spread messages about showing love and compassion.

There is loads of scientific evidence that shows that when you are in these strong, vibrant physiological and psychological states, you begin to flourish and thrive as a result.

Contemporary neuroscience tells us that when performing these acts, there are significant electrochemical reactions in the brain that trigger happiness of mind and feel good physical sensations throughout the body.