Soul Friends: The Transforming Power of Deep Human Connection
Most of us will have many friends throughout our lifetimes—friends of all shapes, sizes, and callings. Many of these are wonderful, meaningful friendships. Some are difficult. But some magic few of these are connections that have gone right to our soul. These five or seven or ten friendships have been powerful keys to determining who we have become and who we will become…these are the people I call Soul Friends.
As Kripalu’s Senior Scholar-in-Residence for more than 25 years, Stephen Cope has spent decades investigating and writing about the integration of body, mind, and spirit and the rich complexity of our relationships with others, and with ourselves. Perhaps the central truth that arises from his work is this: human beings are universally wired for one thing—vital connection with one another.
In his latest book Soul Friends, Stephen invites us on a compelling journey into the connectivity of the human psyche, the study of which has fascinated scholars, philosophers, and thinkers for centuries. He seamlessly blends science, scholarship, and storytelling, drawing on his own life as well as the histories of famous figures—from Eleanor Roosevelt to Charles Darwin to Queen Victoria—whose formative relationships shed light on the nature of friendship itself. Unsparingly honest, deeply wise, and irresistibly readable, Soul Friendsgives us a map to find our way to our most fulfilled selves.