A Reminder of The Bestselling Book by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Recently, I wrote an article about reclaiming our joy and how Gozo is the perfect place to do so. The art of slowing down and noticing the little things packs a huge punch and so many of us, wherever we are in the world, need a wee reminder to do just that every now and then.
I started a journal (again) three years ago. It has proved to be a necessary ritual in my later life and has organically honed my methodology in living a more conscious existence. The journal is self-exploratory, mainly. Full of mind dumps, lesson learning, questions to consider and investigate, along with wisdom I have picked up from books, poems, quotes, films, podcasts, and conversations with the people around me.
Go Slow is a new space on Gozo In The House where myself, the GITH team and you, can share what we learn on this journey we call life.
Today, I’m sharing the wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz, using the key concept from his bestseller, The Four Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
The Four Agreements© was first published in 1997 and has sold around 10 million copies. It has been on the New York Times Bestselling list for almost a decade. Everything we do is based on agreements we have made – with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important ones are the pacts we make with ourselves.
The Four Agreements Are:
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, 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-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.
In this wonderful bedside read, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
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