I can’t think of a more eloquent description of the need for space than this beautiful piece from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran –


Let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

2 thoughts on “Space

  1. Dear Kavi, I was surprised and touched to see this passage featured in your blog. Twenty-nine years ago, my husband and I chose this passage to be read at our wedding. We loved the image of two people dancing around one center. Thank you for sharing it.

    • That’s great to know Naomi….amazing that you had this same passage read at your wedding 🙂 It’s message is so profound… love it !!!

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