Sometimes we feel jealousy or possessiveness in relationships instead of the amazing counterbalance and closeness that comes from standing independently. A quote from Khalil Gibran that brought tears to my eyes this morning after teaching yoga here in Malaysia:
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.
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.