spirit sunday: 4 little agreements

sometimes being my best me self can be hard. 
but whyyyy at times, does it have to be soooo dang difficult?? 

i might not have control over others but surely i can control myself.  well last week i was a little overwhelmed and definitely not my tippy top best ..so yesterday i took out don miguel ruiz's book on toltec wisdom and was reminded that four simple agreements have the ability to help me be a better me.

just 4 little things...surely i can do 4 things. 


speak with integrity. say only what you mean. avoid the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.


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.


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.


your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. under any circumstances, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

a little ruiz background:
the four agreements comes from the ancient toltec wisdom of the native people of southern mexico. the toltec were 'people of knowledge' - scientists and artists who created a society to explore and conserve the traditional spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. the toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy - material or ethereal - is derived from and governed by the universe. don miguel ruiz, born and raised in rural mexico, was brought up to follow his family's toltec ways by his mother, a toltec faith healer, and grandfather, a toltec 'nagual', a shaman. despite this, miguel decided to pursue a conventional education, which led him to qualify and practice for several years as a surgeon. following a car crash, miguel reverted to his toltec roots during the late 1970's, first studying and learning in depth the toltec ways, and then healing, teaching, lecturing and writing during the 1980's and 90's. he wrote the four agreements in 1997.

namaste ~ mrs m

1 comment:

kerwin said...

Love this, especially the not taking anything personally. In a line of work where I am regularly "the bad guy", this is something I need to remind myself. Thanks Melanie!