It’s Official……Check out my .COM

While I really have enjoyed getting set up on wordpress.com I decided to take the next step and move my site over to

www.MasterfullyMe.com

I have added a lot of new posts and have what I think is a really pretty new layout.  Check it out below.

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The message of the blog is the same. LIVE BETTER. LEARN MORE. ENJOY LIFE

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Book – The 4 Agreements

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, written by Don Miguel Ruiz

4 agrmntsI first read this book 3 years ago and since then I have re read it 4 times..

It was recommended to me by someone in a meditation group I was in. I can’t remember what they said about it, but on my way home I stopped at Barnes and Nobel and picked up a copy.

That weekend I started it and within 36 hours I was done.

 It was a revelation!

People sometimes say that something they read, watch or did changed their life. For me it didn’t change my life as much as it changed how I viewed life.

The main premise of the book is that everyone in the world lives in a dream made up of society’s rules, beliefs, cultures and laws. Through the process of being domesticated we form agreements with ourselves about how to function in this dream. By changing those agreements we can free ourselves from the dream and all of the suffering and negativity that is part of it.

When we are born and as we grow we learn how to dream the way that others around us dream. Society’s dream. We learn what to do, how to think, how to act, what is right, and what is wrong. Our parents, teachers, TV and others hook our attention and use it to share their dream with us.

By using our attention we are trained in what the book calls the domestication of humans. Think about it this way; when you want to train your dog you use rewards and punishments. Through repetition the dog becomes trained. When we are kids and we do something good we are told that we are a “good boy/girl” and this feels good. Yet,when we do something that others deem as bad then we are made to sit in the corner or are punished in some other way.  After time we become trained to fear doing anything that might cause us to be punished.

It might be crazy to think that we train our children the same way we train pets, but in ways we do.  However unlike pets, we humans have the ability to say “NO.” At a certain point we move past needing others to domesticate us, because by then we have created rules (aka agreements) by which to judge ourselves. This inner judge reviews our actions and decides if we should be rewarded or punished.

How many times have you said to yourself one of the following things: “I am not good enough,” “That was so stupid of me” or “It’s all my fault.” All of those thoughts stem from an inner agreement that we have made with ourselves about how to act. The worst part is because we have such good memories; we have the ability to punish ourselves over and over again.

In order to avoid being punished we strive for perfection. This is often achieved by creating false versions of ourselves. Versions that act and follow the rules that we been trained to believe are real. But what we don’t realize is that we are already perfect.

So how do we live a truer life, one without suffering and punishment? We have to break the agreements that we have made with ourselves that are fear based and replace them with ones that come from love.

According to the book it all starts by adopting the 4 agreements listed below.

1)      Be Impeccable with Your Word

2)      Don’t Take Anything Personally

3)      Don’t Make Assumptions

4)      Always Do Your Best

As we break the old agreements by practicing the ones above, we become free from the pain and drama that we see as just another part of life.

They may seem like simple ideas, but they are powerful and not as easy to implement on a daily basis as you might think. The one I struggle with the most is agreement 2) Don’t Take Anything Personally.  In my job I am seen as the face of the company to our clients, which means that if they are unhappy they let me know. It can feel like they are mad with me, when in realty they are just frustrated.

However, when I am able to follow them I feel happier and more like my true self. That is why over the next few weeks I will be delving into each agreement further: what it means, how to implement it and my own journey.

I hope that you will join me. Have a great Day

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* If you would like to grab your own copy of the 4 Agreements, below are links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble *
4 Agreements on Amazon
4 Agreements on Barnes and Noble (nook edition)

Fun New Series = A.I.E.

V2 - AIE

These are items that I think are awesome! Hence the not so clever name. To kick off the series I am going to feature BAKING SODA

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I sometimes like to call it the little box that can, because it can do so many things. I always knew that you could use it for a bunch of stuff but didn’t start experimenting until I kept seeing it on Pinterest. (Pinterest is simultaneously amazing and frustrating…..but more on that later)

Some items I only buy when I run out of them, but not baking soda. It is one of the few things that you can never really have enough of.

TIP: Buy it in the biggest package possible, it cheap so no worries.

Below are just a few of the many things that you can use Baking Soda for. Things that I have personally tried are in Italics

* CLEANING – you can just about clean anything with baking soda. Ovens – sprinkle on bottom, spray lighly with water, leave overnight, scrub in the morning. Pots – for stuck on food let a mix of water and baking soda soak for 15 minutes, then scrub. Vinyl shower curtains, tubs and toilets – sprinkle it directly on the wet surface and scrub with a sponge. Coffee pots – wash them in a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water. You can even wash your car’s lights, chrome, windows and tires with it (..okay this one I have not tried… you are on your own). The mixture is the same as for clean coffee pots.

* LAUNDRY BOOST – This is I am going to try this week. You add 1/2 cup to your liquid detergent. It apparently helps balance the PH level in the water, supposedly making your laundry brighter, and fresher.

* DEODORIZER – my favorite places to use baking soda as a deodorizer are the garbage can and cat litter box. This is a safe space so be honest, sometimes you get lazy and don’t want to take the trash out. It’s okay.  At some point in our lives we all will have stinky trash. I find that adding baking soda helps get rid of some of the smells and can even buy you another day before you have to take the trash out.  As for the cat litter box, I lightly sprinkle it in the box before I add new litter. It really helps to get rid of that lingering cat box smell. You can also use it on carpets, stuffed animals and in shoes.

* MAKE TOOTHPASTE – I like my toothpaste but if you want to try something that is more “natural” or you want to save a couple bucks then you might want to try making your own. Mix baking soda and  3% hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Then like any other toothpaste you apply and scrub. Personally this sounds like it would taste terrible, so it might be a good idea to add some peppermint oil to the mix.  There are lots of recipes out there like this one at this DIYNaturals

* FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SCRUB – Fruits and veggies need to be cleaned to remove residues and dirt (NO passing it under your faucet does not count). Even if you eat organic it is always good to clean your F&V beforehand. Like most of the suggestions above it just requires a little bit of baking soda, water and your arm to do the scrubbing.  Two things to remember: 1) Scrub Gently, especially on peaches and or tomatoes (I use my hand to scrub instead of a sponge…….sponges gross me out and are havens for bacteria if not properly clean ….. more on that later) and 2) be sure to rinse afterwards to make sure all the baking soda if off. If not you are going to have one funky tasting peach pie.

Of course this is just a short list of why I think Baking Soda is awesome. If you would like to find additional uses for Baking Soda then check out  the Arm & Hammer website (cause its official like that)

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* With anything please be careful when you search and use suggestion from the web. Most come from reliable resources but if you have any doubts then double or triple check to see if other sources agree*