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 Post subject: The Four Agreements - Homework
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:13 am 
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Taken directly from Putting the Pieces Together, here are some of the general BPD-oriented homework exercises listed in Chapter 8. These homework exercises are optional (they are NOT required for your participation or continued membership with the BPDR Forums.) The homework need not be posted in public nor shared in any way. The exercises are simply posted as a way to provide some of the recovery-oriented work that may be of assistance in your journey toward healthy, happy living.

The Four Agreements is a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz which can be life-changing ... if you allow it to be.
  • Free-form write about the concepts you’ve just read about. How did the words make you feel? Do you accept them, at least in theory? Are you able to envision yourself living them?
    [+] Spend some time and look around you – at school, work, home, family, past – and find examples where someone you know or have encountered has put one or more of these concepts into practice.
  • What do you think your life would be like if you were able to incorporate these concepts into your own auto-pilot? How does this feel? Develop an action plan to reach that goal and implement it.
    [+] Write each of the Agreements on a separate piece of paper and for each one, look back in your life – years ago or the other day – and find one example where you did not follow the basic premise of the Agreement.
  • Examine the overall situation, take an impartial look at your behavior (as out of sync with the Agreement) and theorize about how things would have been different if you’d been able to uphold that particular Agreement.
    [+] For a minimum of two weeks time, keep the Four Agreements at the forefront of your awareness. Devise some way to continuously remind yourself of their wording and the intent of each. (A rubber band around your wrist, a note on your day planner, etc.)
  • At the end of that two week period, review your time with the Agreements. Did you feel calmer? Did your conduct change in anyway? Were you able to see alternatives that you might not previously have noticed?

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