Friday, February 24, 2006

From Camper Chris, What Would don Miguel and don Jose do?

Thinking lots and lots about how we can create a safe and productive place, and then, lo! over at Chris' Insytes are these splendid guidelines from The Toltec Teachings of don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz:

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 wonít 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.

Awesome! I do, however, have to watch the bit about "gossip". of my last vices, juicy gossip, along with In Style magazine...


Blogger Debbie said...

[rant] Gossip is not a sin, nor something to be ashamed of. Like so many other things, gossip can be cruel. It can also be connective, constructive, community-building, and comforting. The word comes from "godsib," which meant "best woman friend" and by extension means "the talk of women." When people tell you not to gossip, they are saying, "Don't talk about people; talk about the 'real,' 'important' things, like science and politics." [/rant]

Sorry, it's a hot button.

8:11 PM  
Blogger GraceD said...

Indeed, 'gossip'is a loaded word.

However, when people tell me not to gossip, I know for a fact that they're telling me to stop dissing folks. Especially celebrities, there's no end to the crap I say about Lindsay Lohan.

10:34 AM  

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