Book Review: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
August 13, 2020
Hi there! I hope everyone is keeping safe and enjoying self-awareness more than ever :). I know I am practicing my self-awareness daily which is why I want to share my most recent read titled “The Four Agreements”, written by Don Miguel Ruiz since this book has been helping me shape better awareness of my mental behaviors before they become actions. I selected this book because I was first intrigued by its unique title and secondly because Pinterest seemed to signal that I would enjoy this book since it matched with my similar interests. So great job Pinterest! I came across a pin which showed a highlighted page of the book that said, “always do your best”. This quote left me engaged enough to want to purchase the book because if you know me well enough I am a big lover and practitioner of anything related to self-development. I’ll break it down for you the book is not difficult to read, although it is written from a spiritual point of view you do not have to be high in the spectrum of spirituality you can still reap the benefits and feel the positive vibrations of the book. Also, I wanted to point out how the author himself is from Mexico which took me by surprise and just another little fun fact my parents are from Mexico too! The following are the 4 agreements as stated in order by the author himself.
Be Impeccable with Your Word: This is the first agreement that talks about how the power of spoken and even unspoken words create your reality. So in other words here he warns us to be careful about our expressions whether they are in thought or spoken because they are so powerful that they create the events in our lives.
Don’t Take Anything Personally: This second agreement helps shape our interactions with others because he goes on to explain how other people feel, think, or say about us is only but a mere reflection of their own reality rather than ours. So he encourages us to let go of those ugly feelings such as pain, anger, and envy that we attach to other’s actions because we can only be responsible for our own.
Don’t Make Assumptions: The third agreement is another one that helps us shape better relationships. As he invites us to examine how our assumptions only negatively affect our relationships since no human thinks, see’s, and feels the same way which is the reason why there are so many conflicts. So instead he guides us to put into practice having the courage to ask questions and to communicate more clearly.
Always Do Your Best: Last but not least the fourth agreement which is my favorite talks about how we should practice the 3 agreements by putting our best effort into our language and relationships and it can apply to anything else that we do in life. So the more you practice mind awareness, yoga, reading, writing, cooking, language, etcetera the closer we are to become experts in that area.
That is all for now! Until next time. I hope you enjoyed this book review. 🙂
Hi, my name is Melody and I am the face behind the visual muse! I am a health and wellness writer currently based out of Miami Fl. When I am not writing or exercising. I am either collaborating on voice overs projects and love spending time learning different ways to manifest self-improvement.