Book Notes: The 4 Agreements by Don Miquel Ruiz
I was recommended this book a year or so ago. I was going thru a hard break-up. After a brutal fight, I went into work the next day, tired, hungover, with a bruised ego. I relayed the night to my good friend Joaquin, blow-for-blow, and his advice, " you need to read The Four Agreements. This is the perfect time, it changed my life." He then goes on to gift me this book via the kindle app. The rest was history.
These are The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz as told by Toltecspirit.com
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.
What I learned from The Four Agreements is, we've all been given agreements to follow, rooted thru upbringing and/or religion. Thru these agreements we are taught how to conduct ourselves. A lot of times, these are limiting belief, that can deter us from following our dreams and living out life as our true selves.
What makes The Four Agreements essential, is it speaks to our self worth and self awareness. Following these rules to a T, with its challenges, encourages focus on self, and being mindful of our own actions, rather than the actions of others. It gives us an understanding of how others energy can affect us, making The Four Agreements, a reminder that we have to make ourselves our number one priority.