The Four Agreements- Don Miguel Ruiz. I was fortunate enough to listen to Don Miguel's son speak the other day. The timeless teachings of Don Miguel are encapsulated in this book that has acted as my bible, so to speak, for the past year. At any point where my life seems to have been rocked, I revert to this little diddy. The Four Agreements asks you to consider making four simple vows to yourself to help stabilize and harness individual happiness: be impeccable with your word; Don't make assumptions; always do your best; and, Don't take anything personally.

In my research yesterday, I came across a natural hazard that I wasnt entirely familiar with- Soil Liquefaction. In short, it is when a considerably stable surface is made less sturdy by the applied stress from say, an earthquake for example. At this point, the once solid foundation (soil, for example) takes on the properties of a liquid, therefore effecting the structure and natural environment around it. Interesting, a once solid structure temporarily imbalanced in the presence of stress and pressure.


Just as this is a natural phenomena affecting both the built and natural environment, it is also inherent in the human realm. It is natural (and at times, humbling) to get punched in the metaphorical stomach; to have our foundation rocked, so to say. We must continually remind ourselves that the paths we take in our day to day lives are never paved and the obstacles and seemingly negative occurences that lay within our paths are not dilatory but are rather didactic, in nature. Though these riffs in relationships, career setbacks, or whatever it may be–these happennings exist to test our natural and innate foundation much like the earthquake that rocks the topsoil of seemingly stable structures.

In times of these personal “earthquakes”, we must make sure to revert to and honor the things that maintain our steady internal and emotional infrastructure. Whether it be yoga, meditation, nutrition, running, writing, massages…hell, retail therapy, indulge and never deprive yourself of that which nourishes you. These things,  I call, my vitamins. Without my yoga, writing, meditation, surfing, all of that jazz, I could run myself down to oblivion.  It is entirely too easy to fall without grace and allow those obstacles to become brick walls.