By The Book

Be Well Be Happy

Book clubs can be a great way to gather together and share opinions about a special book your group has decided to read and discuss. We have the pleasure and honor at Ocean Bliss Yoga to have one of our esteemed teachers, Sarah Arikian, spearhead our book club and lead the group into deep discussions about our experience reading the book. It is always a stimulating evening with a wonderful group of people.

The past book we read was The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. A simple book to read, however, a difficult book to fully comprehend and live by for many of us. Everyone should have this one book in their home as a reminder to follow the agreements while living on earth.

In Don Miguel Ruiz’s word: “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.

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.

Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and 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.

Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment.  It will be different than when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.”

We are taught from a young age how to act and speak. When one learns language in their home environment, it can be positive reinforcement or sometimes negative undertones.  We can be told we are beautiful and smart or we are plain and simple. From a young age we are molded into human beings. Some are taught compassion, patience, acceptance and forgiveness. Others may grow up with a feeling of superiority, impatience, judgement and an inability to forgive.

Imagining reading this book as a young person and comprehending exactly what it means to be impeccable with your word, the next three agreements would flow easily from the first and your life would be free of suffering that is caused when the four agreements are ignored. This book has been a game changer for so many who have read it. Maybe you have already read it and if not, I would highly recommend it.

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