February 12, 2015

Spirituality & Online Dating: Tips to get Started. {Partner}

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Can I find my spiritual match using Online Dating?

Enjoy these mindful online dating tips shared via our partner.

Looking for love has changed dramatically in the age of the internet, with an estimated 42 million people and one in 10 Americans having tried online dating. There is no doubt that it’s both an amazing opportunity for those looking for a partner, and yet also incredibly hard to sift through the noise and find what you’re searching for. This is especially true if you are looking for something more niche.

Websites such as top10bestdatingsites.com are a great place to start, where you’ll find all the big names ranked by features and pricing, as well as discover what’s unique about each one.  For those of us looking for something more specific in a partner, they can be invaluable.

I’m looking for someone spiritual. Is Online Dating right for me?

There are currently an estimated 2,500 online dating websites in the U.S. alone, with around 1,000 new services opening annually, so arguably there is someone out there for everyone!

Make sure to look at the type of dating website before you sign up. Many offer the choice to browse profiles before you make any commitment, so that you can better assess the sites’ members and their reasons for joining. If spirituality is the key search term for you, there are even dating websites specifically for spiritual singles looking for likeminded individuals, for both friendship and dating alike.

If your spirituality is attached to your religious beliefs, you can find online dating communities aimed at most religions as well, and this may be a great way to find people who share your way of life. Bear in mind that you will be limiting your dating pool, and most broader dating sites have an option to share your religion on your profile, as well as a common box to check which states “Spiritual but not religious.” Check these boxes when searching the profiles and you will automatically be given results which complement your own.

Some dating websites are better for those looking for long-term commitment, while others will be mainly for adult fun, no strings attached. Once signed up, you will be able to fill in a profile detailing what you are looking for, which is where you can be honest about your search, inviting those with similar interests to get in touch. Some dating websites offer compatibility tests. These can be extremely useful if you are looking for someone with similar interests or beliefs, narrowing down your search even further. You may want to explain what you mean by spiritual. Are you religious? Do you have a new-age philosophy, or a holistic lifestyle?  Do you enjoy spiritual pursuits such as yoga or meditation? The more information you can give, the more likely you are to catch the eye of likeminded singles.

But how can I see if we have a spiritual connection, merely from online contact?

Even if you manage to find someone who shares your spiritual or religious beliefs, we all know that much of the spiritual connection has to do with chemistry. There is no doubt that this is harder to gauge before you meet in person.

Once you have found someone who ticks all your boxes, graduate at your own pace from instant messaging to live chat, and then with the help of most dating websites, to audio or video communication, all within the safety of the website itself. This should help you get a better sense of who you are speaking to, and whether there is a spiritual spark before you take things further. Always make sure to read the website’s guide to using online dating safely, to protect yourself when meeting someone for the first time.

Only you know whether to choose one of the larger or the more niche online dating websites when beginning your search for love. Either way, successfully finding a spiritual partner online should be easy and hassle-free. Find the right website for you which meets your individual needs, be as honest and detailed as you can about your search, and don’t forget to have fun!


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