Recently I came across an introductory video for a book I first read in 2005 called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It was the first book which opened by eyes to how much better I can live my life if I only took some time to get in touch with my inner world and let it guide my actions.
This is the opposite to the method I had been using up to this point which involved trying to find meaning in my life from the outer world. As you can probably tell, trying to find meaning from the chaotic going-ons in the outer world is fraught with problems and is not a good reference point for inner happiness.
In the book, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals that the source of our needless suffering, and which robs us of joy, is our acceptance of self-limiting beliefs. The book outlines and explains how four very simple agreements can signficantly reduce our suffering and bring great joy into our life. These “Four Agreements” are: “Be impeccable with your word”, “Don’t take anything personally”, “Don’t make assumptions” and “Always do your best”.
I highly recommend the book to anyone seeking a better way to live. As a starter check out the introductory video which outlines what the book is about.
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