At a yoga class I did last year with my dad, the teacher read this at the end of class and it really resonated with me. I hope it can provide some inspiration to others as well! It’s from the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the world to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
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.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and 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.
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.
I like to remind myself of these Four Agreements from time to time, and there is no better time to get back to being your best self than in the New Year. They are all quite simple, but I find they are harder than they seem to apply on a daily basis. It takes concious effort when interacting with others to stay true to ones own feelings and emotions and not let other peoples slither their way in. I find myself very affected by the people surrounding me and tend to let others’ thoughts and ideas into my head in such a strong way that my own are stamped out. This is a quality I would really like to work on this year as I am finding my own, unique, voice. And I’m going to kick ass in the big city when I move to Capitol Hill next month! 2015 is going to be a great year filled with new, exciting, changes!