Episode 92: Yung Pueblo

On managing reactions, creating structural compassion and walking the middle path.

Diego Perez was born in Ecuador and immigrated to the United States as a child. He grew up in Boston and attended Wesleyan University. During a silent Vipassana meditation course in 2012, he saw that real healing and liberation were possible. He became more committed to his meditation practice while living in New York City. The results he witnessed firsthand moved him to describe his experiences in writing. The pen name Yung Pueblo means “young people” and is meant to convey that humanity is entering an era of remarkable growth and healing, when many will expand their self-awareness and release old burdens. Diego’s online presence as Yung Pueblo, as well as his books, Inward, Clarity & Connection and Lighter, are meant to serve those undertaking their own journey of personal transformation. His friendship has been a pillar in my life for the past several years, and speaking with him always reveals more depth and simplicity in my own practices.
  • Vipassana Meditation. Equanimity and vulnerability [2:50]
  • Defensiveness [8.44]
  • Embracing change. Giving ourselves the flexibility to transform [12:10]
  • Treating our mental energy as a precious resource [14:19]
  • Managing emotional reactions in relationships [21:09]
  • Clearly communicating expectations in relationships. Voluntary Commitments [26:31]
  • Finding the middle path [34:42]
  • Structural compassion [37:45]
Diego Perez is a meditator, writer, and speaker who is widely known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name Yung Pueblo. Online he has an audience of over a million people that he reaches through his written works that focus on the reality of self-healing, the movement from self-love to unconditional love, and the wisdom that comes when we truly work on knowing ourselves. His first book, Inward, quickly became a bestseller. His second book, Clarity & Connection is available for pre-order now. The name Yung Pueblo means young people; it serves to remind him of his Ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. Diego’s practice of Vipassana meditation has given him a deeper understanding of liberation that inspires his writing. Through writing and speaking he aims to support the healing of the individual, knowing that when people release their personal burdens it helps humanity build a global peace.


Clarity & Connection, Yung Pueblo
Inward, Yung Pueblo

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