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The Four Agreements By don Miguel Ruiz - January '22 Review
The New Year tends to bring with it a tradition of making new agreements with ourselves; things we want to give up, things we want to continue doing, and aspects of ourselves we want to nurture. The Four Agreements could be the only resolutions you need in 2022, as don Miguel explores how four simple rules to live by can transform our lives and nurture us into the best possible versions of ourselves.
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.
Our Favourite Quote:
“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward”
We're giving this book 4/5. The Four Agreements is a straightforward handbook to happiness. You can leave or take the spiritual aspect underpinning the book, but the four agreements themselves can be applied to anyone. What The Four Agreements is missing is a real-world guide; examples of how we can put the agreements in action in all aspects of our life, from our careers, to our relationships, to our families. Nevertheless, the simplicity of all four agreements makes them relatively self-explanatory, and come with a side-note that states you shouldn't expect overnight change, but rather expect to work on personal transformation slowly.
The idea that we should always speak our truth, never take things personally, not to make assumptions, and always do our best are all foundations of mindful living, and with don Miguel's guide you can make good headway with mindfulness practice, whether you're a seasoned expert or a newbie to the pursuit of contentment.