The Four Agreements

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
| W.B. Yeats

Sometimes I wonder how we could simplify life on Earth. Creating a cohabitation in presence, discovery, passion, support, and cooperation. I found these four Toltec principles, written down by Don Miguel Ruiz, especially inspirational: 

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.”

I practice. How about you?


Don Miguel Ruiz (2011): The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Amber-Allen Publishing. 


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The Study of Wonder
– About Stillness
– About Success in Photography and Life
– Creating a Personal Style or Finding Identity?
– The Unassuming Traveller