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Yung Pueblo

Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future

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'Lighter' by Yung Pueblo is a book exploring the transformative power of self-love and mindfulness. It offers insights and guidance on how to let go of negativity, conquer fears, and cultivate inner peace.

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    Love yourself first.

    Self-love is where it all starts.

    Loving yourself might sound like a mountain you’ll never be able to scale. Or maybe you’ve gone to the other extreme. Maybe after a lifetime of people treating you badly, you’ve decided to love yourself above all others.

    Either way, it’s important to understand what self-love is not. It’s not materialistic. It’s not about giving yourself a spa day or treating yourself to ice cream because you deserve it. There’s nothing wrong with either of those things, and they can be acts of self-care, but that’s not the self-love we’re talking about.

    Self-love means having compassion for yourself and treating yourself with curiosity. It’s about seeking to understand yourself on a deeper level. It requires being brazenly honest with yourself at all times, building healthy habits, and accepting yourself unconditionally.

    Being honest with yourself isn’t always easy. It means being able to face those moments that you’re embarrassed about or ashamed of and take responsibility for them. It means being able to admit when you’re wrong.

    Accepting yourself means looking at those truths you’ve discovered through honesty and saying, “I’m human. I did something I’m ashamed of. And I am still worthy of love.” Of course, you still take responsibility for anything you’ve done, but you don’t wallow in self-blame.

    All of this takes time. Building healthy habits is a long game, but you have to make a start. You can begin by being intentional with every action you take and choosing to do what’s best for you and your goals instead of just what feels good. The more you do this, the more self-love will become a habit.

    Self-love may at times feel challenging or counterintuitive, but you truly cannot feel love from others if you don’t first know how to love yourself. You also can’t wait until you’ve healed yourself before you give yourself love. On the contrary, healing is an act of self-love.

    Love yourself first. Then heal.

    In the next section, we’ll look at how to heal from the inside.

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    What is Lighter about?

    Lighter (2022) guides anyone seeking self-improvement through the process of releasing the past and taking power over the future. It’s a combination of wisdom and proverbs as well as a practical guide for doing the inner work of self-healing.

    Who should read Lighter?

    • Self-improvement seekers
    • Buddhism buffs
    • Anyone who needs to heal from the past

    About the Author

    Yung Pueblo – meaning young people – is the pseudonym of best-selling author and meditator Diego Perez. He’s written two previous books on the power of self-healing and frequently shares his wisdom with his 2.4 million Instagram followers.

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