The other day I stumbled on Melissa Ambrosini’s new podcast, and an interview she did with Danielle Laporte. Danielle is basically my spirit animal this year (see the my post on January 1), so I had to give it a listen.
The interview is worth listening to in its own right if you’re into living with greater integrity and alignment, and making major breakthroughs, but I also got this little tidbit out of it –
When asked what her favorite book is, Danielle said The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Now this was a book that has been on my book shelf for years now, but I’d never actually read it. So I proceeded to give it a go!
The Four Agreements
- Be impeccable with your word: Only say what you mean, and do not use your words to malign yourself or others. Do what you say you will.
- Don’t take anything personally: What others say and do is the product of their own reality. Nothing others do is because of you – if you stop taking actions personally or trying to influence actions, you remove your own suffering.
- Don’t make assumptions: Communicate your needs clearly, and ask questions so that you can be sure to understand others.
- Always do your best: This is the easiest way to end self-judgment and self-abuse. Simply always do your best and understand that your ‘best’ is different depending on the situation, ie. when you’re sick, your best is not as strong as when you are well.
This is a very simple overview – which you can basically get from the inside cover flap of the book – its definitely worth reading the main chapters in order to understand how to fully apply the four agreements to your life.