Joanne is an inspirational writer, poet, and creativity coach. She interviewed Mali & Joe on her Beyond Words radio show.

Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. In 1999, I attended a spiritual ritual event hosted by Matthew Fox (former Episcopal priest and celebrator of all religious and spiritual traditions). This was his take on the communion service. Beautiful static displays based on the four elements (air, fire, water, earth), and a central communion “altar” construction. We sang, chanted, swayed, danced and walked, strangers all, yet fellow humans, and therefore One. At one point, we were walking in a series of intertwining circles, encountering others as we walked and then passing them. At one point in our progress, this young man was walking past me, and when we made eye contact, it was like a huge well inside his eyes. He was totally at peace and one with the universe in that moment, and we connected on that level. And then, we were gone. In soul connection, depth and breadth are everything. Time is nothing.

Describe one of the most soul-opening moments of your life. The most soul-opening moment of my life had nothing to do with “falling in love.” I was doing spiritual energy work with my soul-friend Barbara in 1999. She and I, for some reason, generate all kinds of energy connections when we are together. She was using a kinesthetic technique to put me in touch with past-life or subconscious stuff (depending on how you look at it), and I had this vision from somewhere, somewhen long ago: a wedding seemed to be in progress, and a man turned to look at me. The love in his eyes generated an energy flow through my body that just filled me to overflowing—like a churning column going up and down in the middle of me. I could barely breathe, the feeling of love was so overpowering. I had to let go of Barbara’s hand on my shoulder because I thought I would explode. I understand that this is the feeling (usually in smaller doses) that we all seek from others. Where I found it was inside me, and in the fabric of the universe itself.

Where in the world have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? England. Although I was born and raised in the United States, I lived in southeast England in the early 1980s. I have always felt at home there.

When do you feel your most soulful? Talking with other people about their passion in life and how they feel about that and what they are doing to make that real in their lives. Being in meditation where all my anxieties flow away and I feel a small portion of that energy that is love filling me inside. Looking into the eyes of a loved one and seeing that same energy there shining out at me. And hugs and kisses.

Describe one of the most soulful people you’ve ever known. Frederic Delarue. Sweetest man on the planet. And the beautiful meditative, shift-the-insides instrumental music he creates is a stunning example of soulful creation. He’s got the dark-haired, dark-eyed good looks courtesy of his French homeland, and those eyes, no, they don’t suck you in, they just bless you in a very quiet way. He just has this quiet confidence about him.

What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? Integrity. Transparency. Kindness. A sense that in caring for the other, you care for your own soul. Appreciation. Empathy. Being a muse for each other (which could mean pushing the other a little toward the best they want to be). Patience. Respect. Enjoyment in the other’s company, deep enjoyment. And laughter.

What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? To grow my own soul by helping others find their soul’s joyful expression and connection to the universe.