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But 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. – Khalil Gibran

My partner Phil and I love being together, and since we run a business from home, except when he has contracts to remodel homes for his other business, or I travel back to the East Coast alone to visit family and friends, we generally are together 7 days a week.

Yet, we are independent and like our space. Too much togetherness every second of the day can be draining, so we each have our own offices equipped with a computer, copier and a DVD player. We also have our separate bathrooms, as I am typical of the female species, I love to spend hours in the bathroom pampering and relaxing with essential oils. Just knowing we are nearby is comforting and relaxing.

We find that in relationships, space is important. Even giving one another the space to be who we are, to reject or accept new ideas about the various subjects we may discuss (spirituality is our main focus) allows for each one to express the uniqueness of our being.

This space actually makes us feel closer, as the sense of freedom is precious to us, but we ensure we have our quality time.  We did not experience the relationship we have with our previous ones; for both of us they were unhealthy unions that taught us the importance of not giving our power away. It took inner work, establishing boundaries and self love to get to the point where we were both able to enter a healthy relationship when we met.

It’s a blessed world when a couple can join without suppressing the other due to fears and insecurities and the pressure of expectations and projections, but it takes a willingness to learn and grow from our life experiences. Having a healthy, nurturing, loving union is everyone’s birthright, so I always encourage friends and family to first work on healing, understanding and loving Self, and the rest will fall in place.

It took me a long time to get to a healthier place in terms of relationships, and did not meet my soulmate until I was already in my 40’s but it was worth the wait!