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Having spent the best part of a year in solitude, I found blissful solace, whilst simultaneously waging a resilient, yet peaceful war with my ego.
I left my home country and friends and family to start a new life in Bali, “the Island of the Gods,” a tiny, yet renowned geographical centre for healing.
There are many things this beautiful tropical island offers to the broken — all of which my decrepit spirit devoured with the passion of a flickering flame starved of oxygen.
During this time, I’ve been in full-on learning mode. The most forthright and excitable learning I’ve done in 44 years of being Martin. I’ve voraciously read works of philosophy, theology, spirituality, and psychology—and enjoyed every minute of it.
Everyone’s healing journey takes a different pace and direction, but one author stood out for me like a lighthouse in a tempest. I’m sharing some of his wisdom with you in the hope that his words might also resonate.
If you haven’t yet discovered Yung Pueblo, his words are like the love child of Eckhart Tolle and Mother Teresa, with Shakespeare playing an active role as godfather. Or at least that’s my take.
Here are 15 Yung Pueblo quotes that guided me on my path. May they be of benefit:
To be so broken to have fallen so deeply; that the only thing you can do is rise into a new you (phoenix).
True power is living the realisation that you are your own healer, hero, and leader.
The healer you have been looking for is your own courage to know and love yourself completely.
Ego sees problems; consciousness sees solutions.
It did not happen overnight and it was not given to me by another. I am the maker of the happiness and love growing within me.
Wholeness is when lies no longer stand between you and yourself.
Letting go doesn’t mean forgetting; it means we stop carrying the energy of the past into the present.
Progress is when we forgive ourselves for taking so long to treat our bodies like a home.
I started speaking my truth when being free became more important than guarding the fear of my ego.
Every time I meet more of myself, I can know and love more of you.
Before I could release the weight of my sadness and pain, I first had to honour its existence.
I can only understand the world as much as I understand myself.
Allow yourself to transform as many times as you need to be fully happy and free.
Do the earth a favour, don’t hide your magic
I am not fully healed, I am not fully wise, I am still on my way. What matters is that I am moving forward.