Have you ever met someone and felt a knowing or instant connection? Have you ever looked across a room, and your eyes meet the eyes of another? Have you ever been in a relationship that you just couldn't explain why? Has it ever felt like time stops when you are together? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps you were in the presence of a soul mate.
Soul mates come along to help us learn something, to grow and evolve spiritually. You may feel inextricably drawn to this person even when it goes against societal norms and conditioning. A soulmate relationship will have you discarding or renegotiating your whole list of dating and relationship standards. It's just a feeling, a vibe. Some would say the soul desires to grow, which manifests the people needed in your life to achieve the lessons and challenges required for evolution.
What is a soulmate?
"It's the realization that this person who shares your life is a part of yourself," says family and marital psychologist Dr. Michael Tobin. "A soulmate is an individual that has a lasting impact on your life. Your soulmate is your fellow traveler on the journey of life—you need one another to grow beyond the limitations of your selves."
Soulmate relationships aren't always peachy and Rosey. Sometimes they can be downright argumentative and aggressive. If you or the other person have issues around patience, communication, or compassion, you may attract a soulmate that challenges you to build or work on developing loving traits. These challenges will force you to self-evaluate, make changes, and decide how to engage more empathetic or compassionately with yourself so you can share more of these traits with your mate and others. Sometimes they are here to teach us the hard lessons that change our life forever, to help us learn boundaries and self-love, or to love us so profoundly for deep spiritual healing.
Throughout your lifetime, you will experience many different types of soul mates. Either romantic, familial, pets, colleagues, friends, or even strangers come along on our soul path to help us grow, illuminate, or heal.
A few tips:
• Educate yourself about codependency.
• Stay open to knowing when a soul mate has entered your life.
• Journal, "What do I need to learn from this connection for growth?"
• Journal, "What can I give this connection for its highest elevation?"
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