We all desire a place to belong – an inner circle in which we’re fully accepted for who we are. But for many of us loneliness has become our closest friend even when surrounded by others. Whether our circle is big or small, we must fight for soul connections.

Certainly, simply being around others is a joy. Seeing each other keeps us connected with our common humanity.

And we might also develop a solid bond with our work colleagues and the members of our small group. It’s nice to talk shop and discuss our shared values.

Likewise, spending time with family on special occasions and hanging out with friends on the weekend also have their own rewards.

But while these are all meaningful relationships in their own right, they don’t always go deep enough to touch that quiet ache of loneliness we often feel.

To experience true belonging requires us to be fully seen and known by each other.

And, unfortunately, most of our relationships stay casual or only reach situational depth.

We might touch on a few personal things in our story, but there are few we invite to know our whole story as we hold this privilege in their life as well.

Soul connections are those relationships in which we allow the deep essence of our being to be witnessed. And it’s here we discover our deepest sense of belonging.

These relationships are not limited to a particular lane in life or topic of discussion. With much courage, we freely reveal the totality of our being to each other.

But it seems these soul connections are the exception and not the rule. And our pervasive loneliness is evidence of this.

In the end, we’re robbed of a satisfying sense of belonging without them.

Discover your place to belong by building meaningful soul connections with others.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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