I read The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz this winter and I recommend it to everyone I meet. I am quite certain that we would all suffer less in our lives if we followed his four simple principles.

  1. “Be impeccable with your word.”
  2. “Don’t take anything personally.”
  3. “Don’t make assumptions.”
  4. “Always do your best.”

Ruiz explains his principles far better than I can, so I hope that you will pick up this book and apply it to your life. What hit me the most was the idea that if we all do our best at being careful with our words, not taking things personally and not making assumptions, we will feel happier and suffer less.

All of us have found ourselves preoccupied with the careless words or actions of another. Think of all of the time that we have wasted not living in the present moment, by letting our minds relive the past over and over. This is suffering and it is fixable with a simple adjustment in thinking.

The reason I bring this up in my fitness blog is I see so much suffering when it comes to students upset with their family or spouses or children and they are unable to leave their worries at the door and truly take in the gift of exercise. If you are not truly tuned into your workout you can get injured and you will not reap the full benefits of fitness when your mind is elsewhere. Maybe this book can help.

See you soon,

Beth