Does anybody here live by the Four Agreements?
For anybody who is unfamiliar with them, they are ~
1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don’t take anything personally
3. Don’t make assumptions
4. Always do your best
and a later addition ~
5. Be skeptical but learn to listen.
They are all based on Toltec Wisdom.
I’m currently re-reading book one, The Four Agreements, and after a few more re-reads I’ll move on to some re-reads of the Fitth Agreement.
It is said that if all of society practiced just one of the agreements, the world would change ~ but why stop at one?
I love reading the books, they don’t teach me anything I don’t know but I love the way the author describes how a person can live by the five agreements and live in perfect bliss and happiness.
With this book, there’s no need to understand the underlying laws that support these agreements but they can help a person to achieve perfect bliss regardless.
I know plenty of people who have read the book but I don’t know anybody who practices the agreements, who has made a commitment to them in their everyday lives.
What other inspiring books are people reading?
I love number two and three. As I am trying to let go of perfectionism (a common pitfall - and expecting two much from myself I am giving myself permission not to be impeccable and at times not do my best. There is a French saying "the best is the enemy of the good". Often good is good enough and striving for perfection can paralyse.
I'm happy you are enjoying your books. It is such a joy to find books that make sense. I guess I am too skeptical to embrace any book 100% but I do enjoy books on mindfulness and nonviolent communicaiton.
These sound brilliant, but number 2 i can't see how to do this one.
Number 4 i live by.
Not really, I don't do any of them because of something specific, although I do one, four and five by default.
One can never be too skeptical, infact, it is at the heart of any great teaching. Never take another person’s word for anything.
I think that’s why the fifth agreement was added, which states, be skeptical of EVERYTHING.
I think some people were reading the book, thought it sounded good but didn’t apply it then they were not happy when they didn’t get the results. But they didn’t get the results because they didn’t put into practice what the book suggested.
So I think he added the fifth agreement to make clear, that nobody gets to live a life of bliss by reading a book or spending time with a great master. Always be skeptical and apply things in your own life. That’s the only way you can be sure that the instructions lead to bliss.