A New York Times Best Seller by an Ecuadorian poet, Clarity & Connection examines the unconscious mind and the emotions that affect our lives. This book can be used alone or as a companion to Inward. The author grew up in Ecuador and studied at Wesleyan University. He took a silent Vipassana meditation course in 2012 and became even more committed to the practice. The two books are written from a Yung Pueblo perspective, so it fits into the philosophy that Perez teaches.
Although Diego Rodriguez has never published a book, his writings have become increasingly popular. The series of poems he writes about his meditation practice have gained popularity, and his online presence has attracted many readers. As an added bonus, readers can subscribe to his blog, which details his meditation practices. Yung Pueblo is a non-profit organization in Western Massachusetts. Its mission is to support people in their quest for personal transformation.
The first chapter of the book focuses on vulnerability and self-accountability. The author reminds readers that maturity is a process of becoming aware of ourselves, our relationships, and ourselves. A few of the best poems are about love for ourselves and others. This chapter also revisits some of the ideas that the previous chapters explored. This chapter addresses emotional healing, progress, and persistence. In my opinion, Clarity & Connection is a valuable book, but it’s not a must-read for anyone interested in spirituality.