Haibun Thinking ~ A Soul Is More Than A Soul

Haibun Thinking is a weekly challenge that gives a choice of using one of two prompts to create a Haibun.

Haibun is a Japanese literary form that combines one or more paragraphs of your written narrative (prose) with a concentrated (short) poem – the haiku. Hai stands for haiku, bun stands for prose.

The haibun and/or the haiku present a relationship between the nature of the human experience and ‘nature’ (the natural order of life).

If you would like to have a go, then take a look here, or if you would like to see what others have written, then take a look through the froggy.

This week the choices were:



“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”
– Good Will Hunting

A Soul Is More Than A Soul

Every person in this world has someone special to them, whether that is a friend, brother, lover, sister, mother. Some people have more than one of these special people. Mythology says that humans used to have two heads, four arms, four legs and were unstoppable. The Gods at the time did not like this, so they threw thunder, they threw lightning, and they split these people into two so each had two arms, two legs and one head, but it also split the soul in two. For the rest of eternity, humans try to find the other part of their souls.

This is one reason we have soul mates – to be complete again. Each person has at least one soul mate. This is the special person we each have. A soul mate does not have to be the lover, the wife, the husband. It can be a member of a family or a friend. Some of us may find our soul mate early in life, others – very late. Some may be fortunate enough to find more than one in their lifetime. People like this are truly lucky.

One of the reasons we have a soul mate is so that we can learn who (or whom) we are, so we can learn how we can truly be, so we can be ourselves. Our soul mates are there, you may not realise that they are there. They may have been in your life for some time lifting you up with just little things they say, little things they do, a look, a smile, a nod.

you are not alone
when your soul is completed
two can become one

21 thoughts on “Haibun Thinking ~ A Soul Is More Than A Soul

  1. Hi Al, this is a very interesting post. Although I love being single, I have always had a feeling since being very young, that I have got a soul mate somewhere in the world, maybe not even in this country, and that one day I am meant to be with them in a romantic way. Although I have always felt this soul mate would be my other half rather than just a friend, maybe you are right about the friend thing. I have got much better friends than I used to have, including male friends. When I did go on a dating site over two years ago, one of the questions asked, was do you believe in soul mates? I was shocked at how many people either said they don’t believe in a soul mates, or they believe they will have several in their life time. I would never have believed that I would have more than one in the future, especially not romantically, as I believe it’s only right to have one, but who knows, I guess anything is possible.

    • I have been thinking it since I read your comment this morning, and maybe we only have one soul mate, but several soul healers

    • I think I have found mine, although not in a romantic relationship, which is why I iterated several times that it doesn’t have to be a romantic partner

  2. Interesting Al…but I don’t agree. Some of don’t have need of a soul mate. While I feel souls touch mine all the time, none of them make me complete. I am already whole. I don’t need them to teach me who I am. Yes…I see your point about learning from others. I do that all the time, so I get what you are saying with that. But they don’t teach me who I am…that is something I do myself.

  3. Well said Al, I do agree that not all of us achieve a soul mate but finding one late in life is a wonderful moment. I am envious of those couples I know who have had one all their lives.

    • I am as well. To go through your whole life with that other half would be magnificent. It is also in the last couple of years that I have realised that you don’t need to be lovers to be soul mates

  4. This is interesting Al. I’m not sure I entirely agree with you – for some people their life isn’t complete until they find that special someone. For others, the path is different – their eyes are on a farther shore.

    • Sometimes that soul mate is never met in person, but they are encountered. It is easier to do so nowadays with the internet.

      • I’m not quite sure what I actually meant by my comment – I wrote it while I was half asleep then regretted it later. I do agree that soul mates do come into your life – sometimes only for a day or two it seems. Life can be very strange. I also agree with Jo’s comment that it’s not necessary to find a soul mate to feel complete – sometimes the connection is about two ‘complete’ people meeting and sharing something wonderful. 🙂

        • I do that sometimes and think “grrrkkk” afterwards hehe..

          It’s possible. I do like the idea of complete people as well. Some people have no need of a soul mate. Mind you, would these people still say to a loved one “you complete me”? 😉

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