Don Miguel Ruiz’s Code for LifeIn his book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz gives us four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in our lives. Embracing these agreements is simple in theory, but may be difficult in practice. Actually living and implementing these Four Agreements into your daily life can be challenging, especially at first. However, committing to and living these principles can be extremely uplifting and impactful.
As you begin to integrate these four agreements, your life will noticeably change. You may struggle at first, but with fortitude and practice these agreements become part of who you are and become integrated into every aspect of your life.
The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word
The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally
The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions
The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best
Be Impeccable With Your Word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using your 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 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.
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.