The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment


These are the four agreements:

“agreement 1

Be impeccable with your words – 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.

agreement 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.

agreement 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.

agreement 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.”

This book was recommended to me by a friend who read it and told me it was an eye opener. That it would help me the rest of my life. I am not a big reader, well at least I wasn’t a year ago, but this book seemed small enough for me to crack open. My friend was absolutely right! I truly feel that it made me improve all around as a person. The agreements are so simple and yet so powerful… With every page I read, I grew a deeper understanding on my own behaviors and why I reacted the way I did to situations. And at the same time I let go of a lot of baggage I  was carrying  around  because you  learn that yes, while our lives do revolve around agreements we have with others, the most important agreement is the one we make to respect and honor ourselves every day of our lives.

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