I remember reading this book a few years back: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
I just watched a talk by Don Miguel Ruiz, as part of the Mindful World Parenting Summit taking place this week online. In it, he spoke about the Four Agreements:
- Be impeccable with your word
- Don’t take anything personally
- Don’t make assumptions
- Always do your best
and he shared a fifth agreement as well: Be skeptical but learn to listen
In the talk, Ruiz said: “The Four Agreements are easy to understand but difficult to put into practice.” Ah, yes. This is familiar. Just like the teachings on mindfulness. Just like any self-growth based teachings. Just like any wisdom based teachings. Easy to intellectualize, difficult to actualize.
I love the simplicity of these Four Agreements. I love their profoundness and their strength. And given that I just wrote a new spoken word piece called Words Matter, I am especially resonating with the First Agreement: Be impeccable with your word.
Here are some memes I came across, to help illustrate what each Agreement means a little bit more: