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Thursday, June 25, 2009

the four agreements

don miguel ruiz's above titled book has some simple and powerful tenets for each individual:
almost a year ago, jayeshbhai read this beautiful list to a group of us. and i remember
writing it down on a hastily torn out sheet for future reference and safely tucking into a book.
but as usual, it gets consigned to its confinement. but its resoluteness is remarkable. this sheet nicely squirms out of its safe confines and floats into my consciousness to remind me of the agreements and to share.

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.

courtesy: someone good at something good

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