The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
This is another one of these classic bestsellers that everybody should read. Ruiz goes toe to toe with the modern domestication of humans.
As soon as you're born, the world around you starts teaching you what is right and what is wrong. What your circle of friends should look like, what car you should own, what university you should study at or what your profession should be and at what age you should own a house.
Even your religious beliefs and political views are dictated by the people around you.
It takes no mastermind to realize that this is a social system prone to create lots and lots of frustration. As you grow older you'll likely start to pursue these dreams although they aren't yours, which can quickly lead to self hatred, estranging yourself further and further from who you really are. Who you really want to be.
We don't want to spoil every detail and concept in the book so we will give just a quick overview of what you are to expect and leave the rest to Don Miguel Ruiz.
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The first Agreement - Be impeccable with your word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or others.
The second Agreement - Don't take anything personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
The third Agreement - Don't make assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings.
With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
The fourth Agreement - Always do you best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Learning about the Four Agreements and incorparting them into your own life will help to realize that everything around you is just noise, distracting you from pursuing your own self. Your true goals and dreams.
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