Friday, September 08, 2006

Soul mates not limited to romantic liaisons

Joseph Danladi Elvis Bot, in an American Chronicle piece dated September 5, 2006, talks about cultural associations with
finding a soul mate
: "How do you know this is your soul mate? Some say you recognize this someone with such an intense and immediate sense of intimacy that the connection is very powerful."

Bot continues, "We all share a deep, primal inner longing for a sense of perfect union that has taken on the label "soul mate" in recent years. This driving "romantic" urge has been examined from all kinds of perspectives. But I prefer this simple explanation by Thomas Moore.
'A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communication and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace. This kind of relationship is so important to the soul that many have said there is nothing more precious in life.'"
However, Bot could have acknowledged that Moore doesn’t limit his observations about soul mates to the romantic realm, and that he has suggested many different types of relationships may be the basis for mating souls.

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