The Four Agreements

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The book, The Four Agreements, was highly recommended by a teacher to one of my children.  She said if there is one book to read about how to live your life, I would choose this. So recently I purchased the book to read it for myself. It was not only a great book, I was impressed and thankful that the teacher had recommended this wonderful guide to living a good life. I am going to share them with you because I think we could all use these simple reminders in life to be happy and healthy.

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. If we could all practice this on a daily basis, how beautiful would the world be. We would more than likely speak less and listen more. Learn to speak with kindness and compassion. Be comfortable with silence.

2. Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a protection of their own reality, their own dreams. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. We tend to take things personally because of our ego and sensitivity. We must learn to let go and move on quickly. How many times have you been insulted or hurt and it was never intentional but you took it to heart and made it personal. It’s simply not worth the pain and suffering. Being too sensitive does not serve you or anyone else.

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 agreement, you can completely transform your life. It’s really hard to speak your truth. We are fearful people who are afraid of being judged. Knowing and saying what you want will be respected by all. When you make assumptions, you actually think they are true. You assume how people are thinking or what they are doing.

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-judgement, self-abuse and regret. Why wouldn’t we choose to do our very best?  We will have no regrets or doubts when we put our best effort into anything we do. There will be good and bad days. Our best will always change depending on how we are feeling. When we are happy and energized we will do well, when we are tired we may not do our best. You will live a full life when you do your best. You will be productive and your family and friends will benefit from your actions. 

May you be full of kindness and compassion, may you be well, may you live with ease and may you be healthy.

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