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From a recovering addict, musician, and tattooed indie culturist: a guidebook for today’s generation of truth seekers who crave a dogma-free path.

After years of heavy addiction, Chris Grosso found himself literally on his knees, utterly lost and broken. He needed a new way to approach life, something that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine—free of bullshit.

Drawing on his punk rock roots and question-everything mindset, Grosso offers a collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance. He rejects all the hypocrisies and judgments of religion to show that spirituality is not something that only happens on meditation cushions or yoga mats, in sanghas, churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues. It’s not always peaceful and quiet. It can be as loud as a rock concert or as alternative as Grosso himself. And it’s up to you to find and follow your own path.

Brutally honest, bitingly humorous, and radically unconventional, Grosso’s collection of vignettes shows what it means to live an authentic, open, and mindful life. Indie Spiritualist empowers you to accept yourself as you are, in all your humanity and imperfect perfection.

 

REVIEWS

 Publisher’s Weekly

Be You Media Group

The Good Men Project

Elephant Journal

New York Journal of Books

Rewire Me

Rebelle Society

LA Yoga Magazine

Rolling With Vishnu

Alive In The Fire

Full Contact Enlightenment

The Daily Meditation

Kirkus

Naked Consciousness

ENDORSEMENTS

“Chris Grosso seamlessly blends the ideas of individuality and spirituality in a way that is selfless, easy to read and inspiring. He can help you find a purpose and be proud of yourself.”

—Tony Hawk

Skateboarding Icon

 

“This is ragged truth-telling at its best, and Chris speaks directly from nothing but his own experience.  It is therefore as honest and authentic an account of spirituality as you will likely find anywhere.  What else could you ask for?  We have known for some time now that the spirituality of tomorrow will not be your father’s spirituality—it will be different; it will be wilder; it will be more direct; it will be more real and authentic; it will speak, not of creed’s or beliefs, but directly to the heart and mind in the most certain and unmistakable words imaginable.  In other words, it will speak a lot like this book does.  Pick it up; read it; find out for yourself; and you’ll be very glad you did.”

                       — Ken Wilber

The Integral Vision

 

“Chris Grosso, in a well written book, takes us into his mind and through a plethora of experiences. Indie Spiritualist guides readers to an awareness of greater love for themselves and others.”

—   Ram Dass

Author of Be Here Now

 

“You awaken your True spirit by way of the broken heart: ragged, vulnerable, fierce and finally compassionate. Chris trod this rough way and shows honestly how it can be done.”

— Jack Kornfield

Bestselling author of A Path With Heart

 

“Chris writes from the inside out about learning to love without holding back. This book is alive with truth-telling: It is a transmission that will turn you towards the light of your own awakening heart.” 

— Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

 

“Indie Spiritualist offers clear insight and fresh inspiration for this emerging generation of truth seekers. Its a great read and serves as a good friend to have along the path.” 

—   MC Yogi

Hip Hop Artist, Graffiti Writer and Yoga Teacher

  

 “Indie Spiritualist by my dear friend Chris Grosso cuts right to the heart of what engaged Dharma Buddhism is all about, while sparing the bullshit. Chris’ writing, while relevant for all readers, does something most contemporary spiritual teachers don’t, and that is make spirituality accessible for our youth, especially the inner city homies who are thirsty for it but need the message straight up. Thank you Chris for this book which is sure to change the lives of those who read it.”

—   Jarvis Jay Masters 

Author of Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row and That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row

 

“Those of us who are muddling and meandering our way along a spiritual path often wind up befuddled, a bit lost, and in need of guidance from someone with the chops to light the path so that we can find our own way. Chris Grosso is just such a light-bearer. With his own quirky breed of indie spiritualism, Chris seeks the sublime and invites us to seek it for ourselves. His book, Indie Spiritualist, will be a great service to those looking outside traditional religious paths to find divinity within themselves and in the world.”

—Lissa Rankin, MD

 New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine

 

“Chris Grosso has written a rowdy and real guide to spiritual practice that avoids the fluff and “fast food for the mind” rhetoric that one so often finds in the “spirituality” section of bookstores these days. Indie Spiritualist is highly recommended for those who are serious about spirituality and not just looking for a happy pill to make it all better.”

—   Brad Warner

Bestselling author of Hardcore Zen and Sit Down and Shut Up

 

“Chris Grosso shares a message from the heart with honesty and deep awareness. He has created a masterpiece of art, an expression of his love. Indie Spiritualist brings us a beautiful introduction to a new era of spirituality.”

—   don Jose Ruiz

New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Fifth Agreement with don Miguel Ruiz

 

“From my contact with Chris Grosso, I can verify that he is a mensch. By that, I mean a caring and compassionate human being who can also be relied upon to do things right. I have worked with him and can verify that he comes from his heart while maintaining the ability to use his intellect and intuition to make the right choices and do the right things.”

Bernie Siegel, MD

 Bestselling author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

 

“In this open, honest, and wise reflection on his path, Chris Grosso offers us his heart. May this book inspire you to become independently wise and compassionate.”

—Noah Levine

Bestselling author of Dharma Punx and Against The Stream

 

“Chris Grosso’s message is simple: dogma-free spirituality that’s available to everyone, at all times. Whether you’re attending a meditation event, a rock concert, a yoga class, or even a rehab program, spirit is always accessible. I’m grateful for what I’ve learned from Chris, and I’m excited to see the impact that his wisdom and work will undoubtedly have on the world.”

—Marci Shimoff

New York Times bestselling author of Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason

 

Indie Spiritualist holds great tidings. It’s not the usual cautionary tale -”Don’t try this at home” - of addiction and recovery. Chris sets a high-bar combining authenticity with concise, wise self-reflection, which inspires us to consider our own experience and find our own spiritual truth. There is great spaciousness in Indie Spiritualist. Here’s your permission to be you.” 

—Tommy Rosen

Yoga Teacher, Addiction/Recovery Expert and author of Recovery 2.0 (Hay House 2014)

 

“Chris Grosso walks us through his own experiences, devoid of grandiosity, and with a sense of knowing that each answer gained unravels further inquiries and opportunities for self-exploration. Thank you, Chris, for an entertaining and smart read.”

—Gavin Van Vlack

Founding member of legendary NYC hardcore bands Burn and Absolution

 

“Every generation finds a voice that speaks their language while also sharing the wisdom of the past. Chris Grosso is that voice for our generation as he speaks the wisdom we need to hear while weaving in real life. Indie Spiritualist is practical, heartfelt and the truest of truths.”

— Betsy Chasse

Author of Tipping Sacred Cows and Co-Creator of What The Bleep Do We Know?! and What The Bleep?! Now What?!

 

“There’s a new generation of spiritualist emerging, and Chris’s work on his website, The Indie Spiritualist, has established him as a leading visionary among them. We believe there is no better voice than Chris’s for this project, and know that this book will be of great support to all who seek wisdom.”

—Stephen and Ondrea Levine

Bestselling authors of Embracing the Beloved, Who Dies? and The Grief Process

 

“Chris Grosso shares his life experiences and spiritual awakening with depth, clarity, humility and understanding. Chris’ words are equally tangible for “lost soul” teens that are completely dissatisfied with the world, longtime spiritual practitioners, or those just looking for something more. Chris has truly given us a useful gift.”

—Jessica Pimentel

Actress (Orange Is The New Black), Tibetan Buddhist and Musician (Alekhine’s Gun)

 

“Chris Grosso and his book Indie Spiritualist ain’t going nowhere. Feel the vibe or get left behind.”

—Treach

Naughty by Nature

 

“[The Indie Spiritualist] website is an edgy field of delights. [Chris’s] interview questions set me thinking in new directions. I have found his website . . . to be an interesting attempt to capture the Spirit of the times: timely, timeless, and otherwise.”

—Lama Surya Das

Bestselling author of Awakening the Buddha Within

 

“Chris Grosso is a humble, wise, penetrating writer and spiritual pioneer. I tremendously enjoyed the range and depth of Indie Spiritualist and found myself drawn into unsuspected mysteries and depths. I believe his book will be immensely useful, accessible, and a source of joy to many seekers.”

—Andrew Harvey

Bestselling author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

 

“Chris Grosso and his book, Indie Spiritualist, are a perfect example of the alternative mind-set. Combining punk rock, skateboarding, spirituality, and more, Chris, with his book Indie Spiritualist, is blazing trails like no one else.”

—Chuck Treece

Professional skateboarder (Santa Cruz, Powell Peralta) and punk rock legend (McRad, Bad Brains)

 

“There is just something about Chris. He is a voice, an energy, a life force that brings together our inner rebel with our inner wisdom. He is destined to leave a profound mark on this planet through his innovative writings, musings, and questioning of what it means to be here and human.”

—Amy Ahlers

Bestselling author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves

 

“Chris Grosso is a brilliant curator of all things cool, underground, and enlightening for the newer generations of misfit mystics, musicians, and artists who take the road less traveled. He presents creative expression and spirituality as a positive, alternative route to that of self-destruction.”

—Lisa Marie Selow

Bestselling author of A Rebel Chick Mystic’s Guide

 

“In a society where spirituality has been commodified and repackaged as a lifestyle accessory, Chris’s zero-bullshit approach to our spiritual lives is a much-needed reality check. Accountability? Check. Unconditional loving-kindness? Check. Unwavering honesty? Check. Mixing indie music and counterculture with his dharma, to reach the minds who need this the most? Check. If I had to pick one spirituality writer to watch this year, it would be Chris.”

—Kate Bartolotta

 Managing editor at elephantjournal.com