“One of the most important qualities to develop in life is having a strong determination. At some point you just have to put your foot down and say, ‘I am going to move in this new direction and no person or situation is going to stop me.’ Great transformations always have a beginning.” Author Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez) speaks from his experience of personal rebirth and growth, sharing an ultimate truth: no matter what your goal, you have to start somewhere.On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Diego Perez. Diego is a meditator, writer, and speaker who is known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name Yung Pueblo. He reaches millions of people through his written works that focus on personal transformation and building self-awareness. His first book, Inward, was an immediate bestseller that is available in bookstores around the world.In this episode, Dhru and Diego talk about how Diego found himself in a self-inflicted life-or-death situation and how this was the beginning of a major transformation for him. Watching a close friend transform his life at a Vipassana meditation retreat was the life-changing experience he was so desperate for. Dhru and Diego dig into the emotional turmoil around acceptance so many of us experience and how to, as one of his poems guides, "Observe. Accept. Release. Transform." We can use these principles to truly change our lives.In this episode, we dive into:-How Diego is doing through the shelter in place (9:07)-Diego's personal story that led him to meditation (11:58)-How Diego's friend's discovery of meditation transformed his life (25:00)-“Attributes of a Good Friend,” a poem by Diego Perez (27:25)-How Diego's friends responded to his transformation (28:15)-How Diego's relationship with his family shifted (32:13)-Diego's experience with a Vipassana meditation retreat (36:55)-The Four Words that resonate with Diego (41:08)-What it means to "let it be" and find true acceptance of yourself (45:56)-Where release shows up in Diego's journey (51:45)-How to find a meditation modality that works best for you (55:13)-How Diego came to the name "Yung Pueblo" (1:00:17)-“Two of the Greatest Lessons,” a poem by Diego Perez (1:06:40)-How reflections and learnings turned into writing for Diego (1:09:43)-How important it is to put yourself out there (1:19:15)-The importance of intentionally navigating social media, news, and daily routine (1:24:03)-Diego's greatest hope through crisis (1:34:37)-How to learn more about Diego (1:45:08)For more on Diego, you can follow him on Instagram @yung_pueblo, on Facebook @yungpueblo, on Twitter @YungPueblo, and through his website here. To learn more about his book Inward, go here. Also mentioned in this episode is The Diamond Cutter book by Geshe Michael RoachThree resources mentioned in the intro; take the time to educate, learn, and share.Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Powerhttps://play.acast.com/s/revisionisthistory/a88da1fe-a466-11ea-8510-13f0c0c47fa5Tulsa Race Riotshttps://www.instagram.com/p/CA6G1CtFoQ-/Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracisthttps://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.