The Four Agreements Miguel Ruiz Summary

Best news: On this page, you can read some of the best lessons I`ve learned from The Four Agreements in a quick fun summary! Let`s start with the first lesson… There is a more detailed summary of the four agreements on Blinkist. You can find it by clicking on the link below. Blinkist is an online service that features condensed and easy-to-digest content from books specializing in 15-minute summaries titled “Blinks.” You can also get an audio version for Blinkist Premium subscribers. The most damaging of these agreements confirm that you are never enough; That you are constantly lagging behind a strange ideal. The result? The agreements you have made, knowingly and unknowingly, are the fundamental source of suffering and aspiration in your life. Worse, they make you a vector of suffering in the world around you. Doing their best does not mean doing what is physically possible. This means doing the best you can manage individually, which can vary depending on the situation and your current circumstances. One way to do your best is to incorporate the previous three chords into your daily life. If you do, you can avoid feelings of regret and accept that people do their best at all times. They will come to enjoy the action instead of just taking advantage of the rewards associated with actions. Similarly, Don Miguel suggests that we should work hard, because it makes us happy and not an external motivation.

Don Miguel gives an example of salary. If the main motivation in our work is money, we will never do our best. In addition, we will be stuck in jobs that pay well, but we lack fulfillment and joy. Because of the lack of fulfillment in their work, these people will then spend their weekends partying, drinking and doing other things that harm their lives. Reminds me of a Buddhist idea. A Vietnamese Buddhist professor named Thich Nhat Hanh says we all have a memory consciousness, a place from which seeds form in our daily thoughts. These seeds can be healthy or harmful. So we need to feed the seeds healthy so that they stay in our minds longer. We must also bring back harmful seeds (such as anger, ignorance and greed) into our camp consciousness.

If you want to learn more about these great Buddhist ideas, read our summary of Thich Nhat Hanh`s The Heart of the Buddha`s Teachings. “The next three agreements really came from the first agreement. The second agreement is nothing to take personally. The forgiveness that binds Don Miguel to Demindiz is to forgive our past and our persistent failures to make agreements that we still have. It is also forgiveness to suffer ourselves and our fellow human beings because of our accepted illusions. And forgiveness for the suffering that others produce because of their dreams.

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