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Monday, October 3, 2011

Eva Longoria: What four agreements?

Toltec Columns (Photo by Luidger)
While being probed by Piers Morgan about her painful
divorce from Tony Parker, Eva Longoria recently alluded to the “four agreements.”  She hinted that abiding by these
agreements has greatly helped her to move on with her life,
yet continue to feel quite positive about the love that she and Parker have shared.  She also mentioned that her religion is one that emphasizes forgiveness.

A quick Wikipedia search of “Eva Longoria” revealed that
“she was raised Roman Catholic.”  Chances are, that’s what
Longoria meant by “her religion.”  However, there was still no
mention of these “four agreements.”  Some additional finger-
picking through search engines then yielded a wealth of
information regarding the neurosurgeon-turned-Shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz.

According to his website biography, Ruiz was “born into a humble family with ancient traditions in rural Mexico,” and members of his family “all believed that Miguel would continue their legacy in the centuries old Toltec tradition.”

This same website extols the virtues of Living the Five Agreements. (Quick – somebody tweet Longoria and tell her there’s another one.)  To meanwhile bring the rest of us up to speed, offers this listing of the first four:  Be Impeccable with your Word; Don’t Take Anything Personally; Don’t Make Assumptions; and Always Do Your Best.  In other words:  Speak your truth with love; Realize that others are simply projecting their own dreams onto you; Communicate clearly; and –  Realize that “doing your best” is somewhat dependent upon circumstances.

Sounds like a plan that’s certainly been working for Longoria.  So what’s Agreement Five, and why is it needed? states it like this:  Be Skeptical, But Learn to Listen.  This allegedly leads to “complete acceptance of yourself just the way you are, and the complete acceptance of everybody
else just the way they are.”

If Longoria and the rest of us could learn to walk that delicate tightrope between doing our spiritual best and accepting ourselves just the way we are, then this Fifth Agreement will have been worth its weight in additional wisdom.


Copyright October 3, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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