Fox News Magazine 8 Signs You've Met Your Soulmate and Not Just a 'Life Partner' sharepin 8 Signs You've Met Your Soulmate and Not Just a 'Life Partner'

In his famous novel "Anna Karenina," author Leo Tolstoy wrote the following about one of his character's feelings for his beloved: "He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began."

What better way to sum up how it feels when you meet your perfect match? In today’s dating world, we find ourselves sifting through all sorts of different people and experiencing an array of relationships with the goal of finding that one person who we truly feel we're one with.

Not just anyone can fulfill you the way your soulmate can, says Dr. Carmen Harra, a relationship expert, psychologist, and author of "The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships." "Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and companion, but is limited in their capacity to enrich your spirit," she says. So, how do you know if you’ve truly found your perfect match? Here are eight indicators: #1. You feel secure and protected. As Harra says, "Your perfect match will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side, regardless of your gender." That means men, too, should feel protected by their woman. A person who plays on your insecurities and fears, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate. #2. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her).  When you’re not together, do you feel incomplete? If you’ve found your perfect match, you can’t imagine being without this person, and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in your life. It’s often hard just being apart for short bouts of time. READ: Why an Attractive Woman Has a Big Effect on Your Memory #3. You might have a flashback. Perhaps when you first met this person, you felt like you’ve talked before, or that you already knew each other. "You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime," says Harra. (In this case, she means you might have even crossed paths before, but timing was not yet on your side.) #4. It’s intense. When you’re in a relationship with your perfect match, it will be more intense than normal relationships. The passion and emotional intimacy will feel stronger. It can be more intense on bad days, too. "During these negative episodes, soulmates will communicate the right way and will take into consideration each other’s issues and emotions to reach common ground," says Harra. In other words, it’s a good thing that you fight instead of holding back feelings. READ: 10 Tips For a More Satisfying Sex Life #5. You just get each other.  Soulmates can finish each other’s sentences, and they know what each other needs, says Harra. "Soulmates develop a sense of empathy towards each other. They can pick up on one another’s needs, feelings, and what’s bothering them without even asking or having the other express it." Furthermore, soulmates are also mentally inseparable. (Ever pick up the phone to text your love only to have them text you at the same time?) #6. You see the world through the same set of eyes. You see eye-to-eye on everything from parenting style to spending habits, and from diet to intimacy. And when you disagree on something, you agree that you disagree. #7. You laugh at the same stuff. If you can’t make it through a Will Ferrell movie without wetting yourself, but your partner doesn’t crack a smile, chances are you’re not a good fit. A study published in the Western Journal of Communication found that 75 percent of happy couples laugh together at least once a day, with many self-proclaimed happily married couples citing humor as a significant contribution to their married life. READ: Rev Run Reveals His Three Silly Secrets to a Happy Marriage #8. Your love is more than love. It’s unexplainable. Describing what it’s like to be with your perfect match and how your soulmate makes you feel is just difficult. As Harra says, it’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion, and mere words don't do it justice. Even describing the feeling as "deep love" can still seem insufficient. Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/signs-youve-met-your-soulmate-the-one-truly-in-love?intcmp=hphz1

Not just anyone can fulfill you the way your soulmate can, says Dr. Carmen Harra, a relationship expert, psychologist, and author of "The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships." "Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and companion, but is limited in their capacity to enrich your spirit," she says.

So, how do you know if you’ve truly found your perfect match? Here are eight indicators:

#1. You feel secure and protected.

As Harra says, "Your perfect match will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side, regardless of your gender." That means men, too, should feel protected by their woman. A person who plays on your insecurities and fears, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate.

#2. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her). 

When you’re not together, do you feel incomplete? If you’ve found your perfect match, you can’t imagine being without this person, and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in your life. It’s often hard just being apart for short bouts of time.

READ: Why an Attractive Woman Has a Big Effect on Your Memory

#3. You might have a flashback.

Perhaps when you first met this person, you felt like you’ve talked before, or that you already knew each other. "You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime," says Harra. (In this case, she means you might have even crossed paths before, but timing was not yet on your side.)

#4. It’s intense.

When you’re in a relationship with your perfect match, it will be more intense than normal relationships. The passion and emotional intimacy will feel stronger. It can be more intense on bad days, too. "During these negative episodes, soulmates will communicate the right way and will take into consideration each other’s issues and emotions to reach common ground," says Harra. In other words, it’s a good thing that you fight instead of holding back feelings.

READ: 10 Tips For a More Satisfying Sex Life

#5. You just get each other. 

Soulmates can finish each other’s sentences, and they know what each other needs, says Harra. "Soulmates develop a sense of empathy towards each other. They can pick up on one another’s needs, feelings, and what’s bothering them without even asking or having the other express it." Furthermore, soulmates are also mentally inseparable. (Ever pick up the phone to text your love only to have them text you at the same time?)

#6. You see the world through the same set of eyes.

You see eye-to-eye on everything from parenting style to spending habits, and from diet to intimacy. And when you disagree on something, you agree that you disagree.

#7. You laugh at the same stuff.

If you can’t make it through a Will Ferrell movie without wetting yourself, but your partner doesn’t crack a smile, chances are you’re not a good fit. A study published in the Western Journal of Communication found that 75 percent of happy couples laugh together at least once a day, with many self-proclaimed happily married couples citing humor as a significant contribution to their married life.

READ: Rev Run Reveals His Three Silly Secrets to a Happy Marriage

#8. Your love is more than love. It’s unexplainable.

Describing what it’s like to be with your perfect match and how your soulmate makes you feel is just difficult. As Harra says, it’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion, and mere words don't do it justice. Even describing the feeling as "deep love" can still seem insufficient.

Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/signs-youve-met-your-soulmate-the-one-truly-in-love?intcmp=hphz1

Dominique Bistro’s Brunch, West Village, NYC

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Dominique Bistro’s Brunch, West Village, NYC

June 2, 2016

I just adore Dominique Bistro. It’s a small French place on the corner of Christopher and Gay Streets in the West Village with tall windows allowing in the light and a noise level where I can hear myself think.

 

I returned recently — as their guest — for brunch. I started with a mimosa, my dining partner had a bellini. We shared three delicious entrees each made with cage free, organic eggs.

I don’t normally like eggs Benedict as I find the hollandaise way too rich. But the sauce “choron” served atop the smoked salmon eggs Benedict ($18) had the addition of tomatoes making it so much less rich that I lapped it up.

My least favorite entree was their croque monsieur ($12) withcooked ham and gruyere on organic bread with a side of mixed green as it was a bit dry and ordinary. What I loved and highly recommend is the duck hash ($18), a dish of shaved duck and diced potatoes with huge meaty chunks of lardons topped first with poached eggs and then arugula.  I’d go back for that anytime.

We also sampled a sweet entree, which we indulged in as our dessert. The homemade waffles ($15) topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries, was finished with a huge dollop of chocolate mousse.

 

- bonnie

BonnieBOTB



Source: http://www.biteofthebest.com/dominique-bistros-brunch-west-village-nyc/

What's It like at an Early Totally Sober Morning Rave?

Daybreaker is changing the way we rave. 

by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Irving Plaza is packed, wall-to-wall. Women in neon tank tops and guys in windbreakers sway and shake as Snap!'s '90s classic "The Power" blares from the speakers. "Heyyy! Ho! Heyyy! Ho," shouts a toned woman with pink hair and a spandex top, as she directs the room to break into the Butterfly and Sprinkler. "I'm seeing a lot of love!" yells a guy onstage, hyping up the mostly twentysomething crowd. Wearing a tight muscle t-shirt with his hat to the back, he's Marky Mark reincarnated.  Welcome to Daybreaker. Founded by Radha Agrawal and Matt Brimer, the morning rave began in the city in 2013 as an alternative to obnoxious and elitist nightlife. "Over a late-night falafel in Williamsburg, we mused over an idea. An idea about dancing before the day broke with people we love. About cultivating a community that values wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness… and mischief," the friends say. "At Daybreaker, we dance our faces off before work and feel gloriously healthy doing so." It's caught on. Daybreaker has expanded to 11 cities, with events across the country as well as in Paris and London. So what's a morning rave really like? Well, first off, it's early. For a night owl like me, getting up was the hardest part. I set my alarm clock for 6:00am for a May event (and 6:10am and 6:15am, just to make sure I really woke up). Daybreakers can start as early as 7:00am. Okay, I'm here. At a regular nightclub, now would be the time to head to the bar or--if I'm lucky--someone's getting me a drink. Not here. Daybreaker is completely alcohol and drug free. No wake and bake, kiddos. However, they do serve water and healthy juices. I help myself to an organic coconut water and settle for a spot near the rear of the room.  Partygoers are mostly women and from the looks of it, and a lot of people have come in groups. Friends, coworkers and one couple who can't stop making out while a Prince song plays. Some committed to dressing along the '90s party theme--think fannypacks and retro shirts--while others are wearing their work clothes.  The energy is kept high with spontaneous "moments" like live horns, drummers and professional dancers. The best part about Daybreaker is ther are no rules. Dance, pump up your cardio or stand creepily in the corner (like me). It's all good. Everyone vibes to the music and there's zero judgement. Unlike every other party, no one is distracted trying to look cool or take selfies. In fact, I don't see one, single cell phone out.  “We often live routine lives. It’s a wink to your day,” Radha says about Daybreaker. “It’s a place where you can get loose and let your freak flag fly.” Around 9:00am, the freaks start to disperse from the dance floor. It's time to get to work, school and whatever routine--until the next one. A girl in front of me slings her backpack on her shoulder as we walk out. "This was so awesome," she says to her friend, wiping sweat from her face. "I really needed this." Get your tickets to Daybreaker here.    Source: http://www.oxygen.com/very-real/what-its-like-to-go-to-an-early-morning-totally-sober-rave

Irving Plaza is packed, wall-to-wall. Women in neon tank tops and guys in windbreakers sway and shake as Snap!'s '90s classic "The Power" blares from the speakers.

"Heyyy! Ho! Heyyy! Ho," shouts a toned woman with pink hair and a spandex top, as she directs the room to break into the Butterfly and Sprinkler. "I'm seeing a lot of love!" yells a guy onstage, hyping up the mostly twentysomething crowd. Wearing a tight muscle t-shirt with his hat to the back, he's Marky Mark reincarnated. 

Welcome to Daybreaker. Founded by Radha Agrawal and Matt Brimer, the morning rave began in the city in 2013 as an alternative to obnoxious and elitist nightlife. "Over a late-night falafel in Williamsburg, we mused over an idea. An idea about dancing before the day broke with people we love. About cultivating a community that values wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness… and mischief," the friends say. "At Daybreaker, we dance our faces off before work and feel gloriously healthy doing so."

It's caught on. Daybreaker has expanded to 11 cities, with events across the country as well as in Paris and London.

So what's a morning rave really like? Well, first off, it's early. For a night owl like me, getting up was the hardest part. I set my alarm clock for 6:00am for a May event (and 6:10am and 6:15am, just to make sure I really woke up). Daybreakers can start as early as 7:00am.

Okay, I'm here. At a regular nightclub, now would be the time to head to the bar or--if I'm lucky--someone's getting me a drink. Not here. Daybreaker is completely alcohol and drug free. No wake and bake, kiddos. However, they do serve water and healthy juices. I help myself to an organic coconut water and settle for a spot near the rear of the room. 

Partygoers are mostly women and from the looks of it, and a lot of people have come in groups. Friends, coworkers and one couple who can't stop making out while a Prince song plays. Some committed to dressing along the '90s party theme--think fannypacks and retro shirts--while others are wearing their work clothes. 

The energy is kept high with spontaneous "moments" like live horns, drummers and professional dancers.

The best part about Daybreaker is ther are no rules. Dance, pump up your cardio or stand creepily in the corner (like me). It's all good. Everyone vibes to the music and there's zero judgement. Unlike every other party, no one is distracted trying to look cool or take selfies. In fact, I don't see one, single cell phone out. 

“We often live routine lives. It’s a wink to your day,” Radha says about Daybreaker. “It’s a place where you can get loose and let your freak flag fly.”

Around 9:00am, the freaks start to disperse from the dance floor. It's time to get to work, school and whatever routine--until the next one. A girl in front of me slings her backpack on her shoulder as we walk out. "This was so awesome," she says to her friend, wiping sweat from her face. "I really needed this."

Get your tickets to Daybreaker here. 

 

Source: http://www.oxygen.com/very-real/what-its-like-to-go-to-an-early-morning-totally-sober-rave