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The four agreements - D.M. Ruiz

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My wish for this new year, is that all of us are courageous in difficult times, that we have the power to reflect and the strenght to learn the lessons we need to learn.. So that we can grow. I wish we'll become better in acting and responding through love. Instead of reacting by fear. I wish togetherness and brotherhood. That you may be healthy in 2015. And that it may become a very warm, lovely and interesting year!

As a new year's present I want to share with you 'The Four Agreements' by Donald Miguel Ruiz. Maybe you already know them, then it's worth reading these words again. If you don't know it, it's definitely worth reading the book (source below). In my opinion, these are words to live by:

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.

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.”

Source: Miguel Ruiz, D. (1997). The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 9781878424310

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Mijn wens voor het nieuwe jaar, is dat we allemaal moedig zijn in moeilijke tijden, dat we het vermogen hebben om te reflecteren en de kracht de lessen te leren die we moeten leren... Zodat we kunnen groeien. Ik wens dat we beter worden in het handelen en reageren vanuit liefde. In plaats van te reageren vanuit angst. Ik wens samenhorigheid en broederschap. Dat je gezond mag zijn in 2015. En dat het een heel warm,  liefdevol en interessant jaar mag worden!

Als nieuwjaarscadeautje heb ik 'The Four Agreements' hierboven met jullie gedeeld. Naar mijn mening, zijn dit woorden om naar te leven. Als je het niet in het Engels begrijpt of het liever in het Nederlands leest, kan je de vertaling op het internet vinden ('De Vier Inzichten') of je kan het boek lezen (zie bron).

Bron: Miguel Ruiz, D. (2000). De vier inzichten. Wijsheid van de Tolteken. Deventer: AnkhHermes, ISBN 9789020281989.


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