Friday, 1 April 2016

Recent Reads - The Four Agreements

I came across this book by chance. It was the cover which catch my eyes. This book is beautiful inside out along with it's words and meaning. The Four Agreements is a practical guide to personal freedom. It partly represents the Toltec wisdom along with the author's philosophy on personal freedom.


If you ever wondered on your life dissatisfaction, even when you have everything you want; or you felt like you live in a big open space prison full of rules and strange agreements, you might like the book and will find it refreshing. 

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a little treasure on your library shelf, a source of inspiration and it simplifies a lot, making the life itself so much easier and enjoyable.

According to the book you can live happy, be satisfied with yourself and your life, and find your personal freedom, if you follow these four agreements:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don't take anything personally.
3. Don't make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

Simple four agreements, but if to think about them not that easy to achieve. According to Don Miguel Ruiz philosophy and the fourth agreement (always do your best) thwill help you to change your life forever.

Here are few quotes which found resonance with my mind and I think worth sharing.

 - “Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

- “If you live in a past dream, you don't enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

- “Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally... Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

- “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.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

- “Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

- “Humans punish themselves endlessly for not being what they believe
they should be. They become very self-abusive, and they use other people to abuse themselves as well.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

- “That is why humans resist life. To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not the biggest
fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we
really are. Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans. We have learned to live our lives trying
to satisfy other people’s demands. We have learned to live by other people’s points of view because of
the fear of not being accepted and of not being good enough for someone else.”
by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom


The Four Agreements is a beautiful, inspirational read. It made me see the world and myself in the new light, explained me a lot I couldn't comprehend before and gave me an idea how to improve my personal freedom heaven. An amazing book, I am so glad to discover.
Marija

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