Taking Up The Four Agreements
February 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
Alright, enough talk about work and pots already! Another project I’ve taken up recently is to TRY and live the Four Agreements as best as I can. At the same time, I’m reading the book (yes I am late to join the movement – the book was published in 1997 – but now is a good time for me!).
If, like me, you’ve never heard about the agreements up till now, here’s a summary I found:
The Four Agreements
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.
Even the first agreement will be a challenge. Like sculpting clay, I shall try to shape my mind and world with the words I choose. I’ve realised that many of the ways I phrase my questions and statements are ingrained – the result of habit – but why see things the same way always? Every experience and every instance should be treated separately. And so I shall try.