For example, a soul mate can be a close friend who lives a very different life than yours, yet you pick up the old thread instantly no matter how much time has passed since your last connection.

The paradox is that sometimes these very deep and intense soul mate connections are not emotionally healthy because they are not grounded in real life.

Couples often describe themselves as soul mates while in the throes of the enchantment stage of love.

Those same couples often blast apart later when they re-enter life and discover that they cannot permanently meet each other’s every need.

There are about as many definitions of soul mate as you can imagine.

We’ve been trying to define this term for literally thousands of years to no avail.

I will try to cut through the confusion by offering mine.

A soul mate is a person with whom you feel a deep connection that may even defy logic.

This idea of only one soul mate (lover) who perfectly matches can be problematic.

The reality is that you can connect deeply with many people.

With an open viewpoint about love and soul mates, your heart is available to move on and find someone new with whom you can have a very meaningful connection.

It will not be like the last one because every relationship is unique, like a fingerprint.