As a start to re-connecting with my faith I am studying “The Four Agreements” Companion book by Don Miguel Ruiz.
For those who have never read the book those agreement are as follows:
1. Be Impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or 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, viagra usa discount their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, site 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, sovaldi sale 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.
For myself I find this book to be extremely beneficial in everyday life. It is even more so when working to re-connect with life after extreme depression and illness. Ruiz’s simple plan for a more aware life breaks through the noise in the mind and gets to the heart of the matter. I encourage everyone to find and purchase this short and easy to read book.
As for how this connects with my spirituality, that is a little more complex. At my core I believe we are all here as expressions of the Universe, God, Spirit, whatever you chose to call that which created us.
As humans we each are born with our own essence of self. We are then molded to fit into the world around us. We long to be a part of the tribe. At the same time we strive to have an expression of ourselves as different from everyone we encounter. Thus, we begin our struggle with balance.
For myself and others like me it is easy to become overwhelmed with the abundance of information about who we should be. Instead of simply storing that information we try to apply it to our lives.
Hearing words such as “you just don’t get it”, “you did that wrong”, “i don’t understand what you are saying” to some would be taken as information to create better communication or to improve skills. To the depressed mind these words are taken as direct attacks on the soul. It is not processed in the mind; it is processed in the Spirit. Every perceived criticism has the same impact as a knife being plunged into the heart.
It then triggers an avalanche of information. The information is like opening a computer file that list’s every mistake you have ever made. It simply tumbles forth like ‘spam’ in your mind.
Thus it becomes difficult to separate the spiritual Self from the earthbound mind. It feels as if the Mind is in control of the body at the cost of the Soul. In a depressed state the only logical course of action seems to be to separate body from Spirit.
I have chosen to begin with this book because it is a very simple reminder that we are our own expression of life and as such a vital part of the Universe as a whole.