Don’t Take Anything Personally

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Of course you won’t!  Never. Me? Nope. Well, maybe… sometimes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOgcNpGCqQc

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you. When you truly understand this, and refuse to take things personally, you can hardly be hurt by the careless comments or actions of others.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz

Okay. I admit. I tend to take things personally. More than sometimes. To a fault.

Thanks to Dainaz Illava for posting this video to your facebook page. 😉

Photo via flickr.com by CassidyGrummer

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anonymous Mar 6, 2011 10:03am

Love this reminder! Have you read the book 'The Four Agreements'? Really good – has a great segment on not taking things personally. Hope you're having a wonderful day. 🙂

anonymous Mar 6, 2011 7:01am

The text in the video seems to come straight from Ruiz's book "The Four Agreements". I would highly recommend reading it if you enjoyed this video. It is short, straight forward and gives further advice on living a life of personal freedom. We read it in our yoga book club last month and the other 3 agreements generated even more discussion that this one.

anonymous Mar 5, 2011 11:18am

My husband seems to have been born able to do this but I work continually.

anonymous Mar 5, 2011 9:57am

Through the practice of mindfulness and non-attachment it becomes easier to non-personalize. I find shifting perspective helps too. @zendi4peace

anonymous Mar 5, 2011 7:48am

I'm like you, I try not to take anything personally but it is hard.