Being Well Podcast: Deepening Practice, Embracing Growth, and Becoming Lighter with Yung Pueblo
October 31, 2022

Diego Perez, widely known by his pen name Yung Pueblo, joins Forrest on Being Well to explore how we can enrich our personal practice, refine the mind, break old patterns, relax the self, and feel lighter than we were before.

This was one of my absolute favorite conversations I’ve had on the podcast, and being with Diego was a real pleasure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

About our Guest: Diego Perez is a poet, meditator, and New York Times bestselling author widely known through his pen name Yung Pueblo. His writing focuses on how we can grow and change for the better, create healthy relationships, and come to truly know ourselves. His newest book is Lighter: Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 0:55: Why the name Yung Pueblo?
  • 2:35: What holds most people back from growth
  • 4:35: Habits Diego struggled with and the logical basis of coping mechanisms
  • 9:15: Moments of insight in learning Vipassana Meditation
  • 11:40: Finding stability in the gradual separation from the ‘self’
  • 20:30: Stories others have told us about ourselves
  • 26:50: What has helped Diego find a flexible sense of identity?
  • 28:55: Relationships as a process not a person
  • 31:20: Diego’s personal meditation and creative practice
  • 34:15: The benefits of a pen name and healthy detachment from your work
  • 40:00: Benefits and pitfalls of social media
  • 42:50: Forrest’s meditation practice and the comfort available in sadness
  • 47:10: The many different practices available for healing
  • 48:25: What Diego would tell his younger self
  • 50:30: Recap

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