I don't believe that your life partner is your only soul mate. I believe you can have more than one soul mate, and that they needn't be romantic involvements. I believe in Soul Circles.
Soul circles contain the people in your life that make a permanent impression. They may be in your life for a very long time, or they may feature for only a short while - but they have an influence on your thoughts, your way of living, your heart.
These are the people you feel in your soul... the kind of person you can see every day and still have a lot to talk about - from random nonsense to the meaning of life. Soul circle people may even be those you see very seldom, yet you still don't feel awkward with them. Maybe that is what differentiates a soul circle connection - there is never an uncomfortable silence. The connection can be instant, or it can grow over good coffee or good wine.
Your soul circle contains the most precious people in your life, however you may define them. Guard it well.
3 years ago