Over the past few years, the principles of paring down the excess, simplifying and pulling apart the true meaning of integrity have become powerful personal themes. For many of us, there’s a motivation to once again examine old habits that consistently work happily in the background regardless of years of self-examination. Perhaps under the direction of a new global energy, there’s a feeling of having the ability to lovingly get rid of those things which have served us all comfortably on one level, yet have afforded excuses to remain small on another.

I discovered Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements recently and it powerfully resonated with this decision to whittle back; to simplify; in becoming more authentic as a participant on this planet and start operating in a more genuine way.

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. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

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. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

By using these 4 simple principles, we can easily transform the way we as people operate in this world. How do they resonate with you? Please feel free to share your thoughts, we’
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