There aren’t many books that I’ve read which moved me as much as the Four Agreements did. As I absorbed some of the passages, I found tears streaming down my face, the powerful words resonating with me so deeply that I felt like they were speaking directly to my soul.
It was recommended to me by my life coach after going through a particularly difficult period of my life and the book gave me the lift I needed to change my entire mindset and to lift me out of a very deep depression.
In the book, author Don Miguel Ruiz presents the reader with four simple ‘agreements’ based on ancient Toltec wisdom, which promise to bring about inner peace, freedom, happiness and love to anyone who takes them seriously enough to make them the heart and soul of their life and purpose.
The Four Agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
At it’s core, the Four Agreements is a powerful code of conduct and rule book for life, but it is also more than that: it’s an eye-opening account of the self-limitations we place upon ourselves in our everyday lives; a vision for new habit creation and change; a justification for why the world has evolved in the way that it has and why humans behave the way that they do. Take it to heart and this book might just transform your entire way of looking at the world and how you react to everything that goes on around you. It certainly did for me.
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