Meditation Doodles & Friendship

One if my favorite authors (I know, I have a lot of them), is Kahlil Gibran. I love Gibran’s sentence structure, and soft, yet assured tone. He weaves with his words, descending into soft warmth. As a lebenese Christian, strongly influenced by Islam and Sufi mysticism, he believed in the unity of the religions. This approach of peace is clear in his writing.

In his famous work The Prophet, he writes of a fictional prophet who provides wisdom on a variety of life’s most important topics in response to queries from the crowd.

This is an excerpt from the section on friendship, something that I have been contemplting a lot recently. What true friendship means, what it looks like, and how deeply important this kind of love is. To me, friends are the most precious gift from the universe.

The whole section is worth a read if you get a chance, but here are my favorite parts:

emabees meditation doodles, kahlil gibran quote

And a bit more extended text (note: I alternated the gender pronoun to make it more inclusive.)

“When he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unaccalimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that what you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, where as the mounted is clearer to the climber from the plain…

And let your best be for your friend. 
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. 

Seek him always with hours to live,
For it is her to fill your need, but not your emptiness.”

—- Kahlil Gibran


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