GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESSFUL SENIOR LIVING #1

Mar 26th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Old Toltec Knowledge Valuable for Seniors

A favorite author of several SCJ editors is Don Miguel Ruiz, a physician/surgeon turned Shaman.  One of his books, The Four Agreements, is the subject of this article for seniors.  Ruiz believes we can contribute largely to our health and healing by living the Four Agreements. Wikipedia says this about his teachings: “Ultimately, it is about finding one’s own integrity, self-love, and peace by way of absolving oneself from responsibility for the woes of others.”

There are four parts to this series, each one focusing on one of the Agreements.

Be Impeccable With Your Word

The first Agreement deals with how you communicate with others. This is considered the most profound Agreement of the four.  Words are more than combinations of sounds.  They carry meaning and intent and emotion.  “Your Word… has to do with the power you have to create through every kind of expression you make. You create through multiple types of expression including emotions, attitude, actions, what you refrain from, and what you express your faith in.”   (Toltecspirit.com)

Sometimes listening is more important than talking.  Attentive listening may be the best way, at times, to be impeccable with your word.  Sometimes action is communication.  Anything that is an expression of your self is your Word.  So that examining and evaluating your actions, your listenings and your words is the place to begin.

Many seniors grew up with messages from parents and teachers about denying ourselves and our needs in an attempt to please others.  This included, for many of us, ignoring the reality of our life experiences.  We did this to our detriment, and some of us are still saying and doing things to the goal of pleasing others.  Being impeccable with your word requires you to take a look at yourself honestly and be willing to change some behavior and some communications.

What is the measurement of impeccability?  It is truth and love.  Acting and speaking in truth and love is the goal for those seniors who want to apply the Four Agreements in their lives.  Most truth and love is universal; some is relative, based on personal experience and belief.  Working toward daily expressions of truth and love as you know and understand it is the goal.

For those seniors wanting to read Ruiz’ book, here’s the link.

The next Agreement is Don’t Take Anything Personally.



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