Everything Mind

“I’m not a yogi from the Himalayas, a preacher from the pulpit, or a guru with dollar signs in my eyes,” says Chris Grosso. “The truth is, as a result of years of heavy drug and alcohol addiction, I’ve been to some extremely dark places that resulted in a literal life-or-death search for something more. Now this emerging voice of the spiritual counterculture presents a riveting and insightful book about meditation, the search for deeper meaning, and the life-changing (and life-saving) process of waking up.

Rich with hard-won wisdom and valuable instruction, Everything Mind invites us to join a spiritual quest that’s not about creeds or beliefs-it’s a raw, direct experience of the heart, mind, and soul. “Cultivating a spiritual lifestyle may be the most challenging undertaking you’ll ever face,” says Chris. “Spirituality isn’t a quick fix that magically makes life easy (no matter what you’ve heard), but it can teach us how to meet all of life with an open heart-which, when you get down to it, is pretty fucking amazing.”

ENDORSEMENTS

“I dig this book. By sharing his life’s journey, Chris Grosso shines a light on our own. Everything Mind is a spiritual meal cooked for today, for us living now to taste, for our hearts and minds to digest.” 
-Jeff Bridges, Academy Award®-winning actor, musician, and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Dude and the Zen Master

“Sit back and get ready for some raw, real, genuine, tried-and true practices and explanations centering on our own deepest condition and reality, our universal, our Everything Mind. It’s a trip-one you won’t regret.” 
-From the Foreword by Ken Wilber

“If I begin to worry about the future of the Dharma Large-universal truth, genuinely enlightening practices, and the timeless wisdom traditions in our scientific, postmodern, secular era-I look to the younger generation for inspiration, people like fellow inter-meditator and Dharma buddy Chris Grosso. In Everything Mind, Backyard Bodhisattava Chris helps us make significant steps to recover from the human condition (of dissatisfaction and malaise) while juicing enticing ancient Sutras, the Bible, the Vedas, and Zen koans. He combines this with the contemporary-thrash metal, skateboarding, and the Occupy Movement-and the result is both sublime and delightful. His bullshit detector is well-tuned as he tears down spiritual barriers and constructs connections across generations, opening our inclusive everything minds and our spacious and warm everything hearts. This young Bodhisattva knows of what he speaks.” 
-Lama Surya Das, author of Make Me One with Everything and Awakening the Buddha Within, and founder of the Dzogchen Center and Dzogchen Retreats 

“Chris Grosso’s Everything Mind will leave you rocking out to head-banger music, laughing until you pee, wishing you had finally gotten that tattoo, and in awe of the author’s candid vulnerability as he shares tales of his audacious life. Because it slides down like a margarita on a hot summer night, you might not realize you’ve just had surgery. Everything Mind is a scalpel of truth, slicing through your illusions, your self-deceptions, your ego, and everything else that separates you from the magnificence of your spiritual essence. But fear not! This is a surgery you’ll be grateful to undergo because it transports you into the frequency of miracles. This book will lay bare your soul and leave you breathless, your heart bursting open at the realization that we are all connected, we are perfect just as we are, we are never, ever alone, and if we’re brave enough to walk the spiritual path with earnest humility, we can experience heaven on earth. Truly medicine for the soul. I love, love, love this book.” 
-Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine and The Fear Cure

“Chris Grosso’s tough life lessons inform his no-bullshit spirituality in Everything Mind. A holy ferocity is in the heart of awakening, Chris takes us there and shares visionary tools to deepen with. Enter your true identity and wrestle with the tough questions as you enter Everything Mind.”
-Alex Grey, artist and cofounder of CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors 

Everything Mind offers heavyweight wisdom that’s been tattooed with the mess and magnificence of life. In other words, it’s a book about spirituality you can thoroughly trust because the gutsy author, Chris Grosso, ain’t interested in hiding his humanity-he walks his talk with zero pretensions, raging authenticity, belly-shaking humor, breathtaking insight, a helluvalotta honesty, and most inspiring of all, an Everything Heart. Read Grosso’s rare book and experience the inimitable power of Keeping It Real.” 
-Sera Beak, author of Red Hot and Holy

Everything Mind is just that-simultaneously expansive and intimate. Chris includes all aspects of life in his practice and his writing, and the result is a full picture of our shared human potential, for darkness, beauty, and freedom from suffering.”
-Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of The Insight Meditation Society and author of Real Happiness

Everything Mind is a handy survival guide for the overgrown wilderness of contemporary consciousness and modern spirituality. No map is the territory, and each of us has within us uncharted thoroughfares ready to be explored with fearless-yet-gentle analysis. Through a carefully curated and easily absorbed selection of quintessential quotes, intimate reflections, and pedestrian teachings-from the holiest of holies to the lowliest of lowlies-Chris helps us to help ourselves with practical exercises intended to identify, and softly unpack, anything in our personal baggage that isn’t serving us on the trail, and thus prevents us from serving others. From wherever you are to wherever you’re going, Everything Mind lays out flexible formulas, which will inevitably leave our campsites of the mind a little better than we found them.”
-Liam Wilson, musician (The Dillinger Escape Plan) 

“Chris Grosso speaks in a voice that is both sublime and grounded. He manages to convey the luminous essence of the perennial wisdom traditions with a deft and relevant touch that makes this essence-what Chris calls ‘Everything Mind‘-accessible to the beginner and fresh for those who have walked the path for long enough to have become cynical. Hilarious, skillful, authoritative, and humble, Everything Mind will help readers cultivate contemplative awareness and compassion in action. This book made me smile with irreverent delight and ache with longing for that which transcends all form and yet is embodied at the heart of the human experience. I’m so excited by this work and am grateful for Chris in this world.” 
-Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love and Caravan of No Despair

“If you are drawn to how real humans-with all the messiness of depression and addiction, anger and self-hatred-can walk an authentic spiritual path, please read Everything Mind. Chris Grosso, in telling his story, inspires us to find within our own imperfect selves, the very source of love and freedom.”
-Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“Chris manifests his ‘indie spirituality’ by drawing upon and finding the connections between spiritual traditions from the East and West and shining a whole new light on them to reveal a fresh relevance. He can segue from Foo Fighters to Thich Nhat Hanh to Charles Bukowski and have it make sense. This book is the immense heart-Chris Grosso shows up on every page with so much love, generosity of spirit, and compassion for the reader and his subject matter that you can’t help but connect with him in his remarkable Everything Mind. This is a valuable friend to have on the path.”
-Stephen and Ondrea Levine, bestselling authors of Embracing the BelovedWho Dies? and The Grief Process

“Chris Grosso is an honest and engaging young teacher and his work is both clearly expressed and inspiring.” -Andrew Harvey, bestselling author of The Hope “There is great difficulty afoot on any spiritual path. There is also strangeness, each of us approaching it in our own unique way. With Everything Mind, Chris Grosso empowers us to continue our quest no matter how difficult and strange it may be. I have already found the book to be a validating force on my own path. Take a day out of your life and read Chris Grosso’s book, Everything Mind. You will find a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and the most down-to-earth explanation of spiritual concepts that I’ve yet seen.”
-Tommy Rosen, yoga teacher and author of Recovery 2.0

“Spirituality is formless, yet it evolves with every new experience-and it is from each of these experiences in life that we learn. Chris Grosso adds to this evolution with ruthless honesty in a loving deposition that shares his experiences along the path of his own personal transformation. Everything Mind is a reflection of life.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., bestselling author of The Five Levels of Attachment

Everything Mind came to me in middle of a personal spiritual trial. It is pure and simple wisdom born from a true heart and clear mind. Chris Grosso speaks to my soul.”
-Scott Kelly, musician (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, Shrinebuilder, Corrections House, Scott Kelly and the Road Home) 

“In this age where there are so many distractions from career, family, and relationships, we often do not spend enough time checking in on ourselves and understanding how to tap into the inner peace within. Hence we experience stress, anger, depression, anxiety, and all other afflictive emotions. In Everything Mind, Chris Grosso offers pragmatic methods to address these afflictive emotions. He explains clearly how compassion and wisdom, first to oneself and later expanding it to include everyone else, are universal methods of achieving inner peace and healing which transcends society-defined labels of religion, culture and race.” 
-Tsem Rinpoche, author of Compassion Conquers All

“Partly autobiographical, partly a manual for awakening and healing, Everything Mind will change you. Chris Grosso’s special gift is his ability to translate complex spiritual teachings into vignettes that give us a sense of what an awakened life looks like. His words give us courage to look at our lives without judgment and adopt a practice that can turn our troubles into gifts that bring us into compassion and wisdom. Everything Mind will inspire you to engage with your pain, reclaim your passion for change, and in the process discover the truth of your life.”
-Adam Bucko, coauthor of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism

Everything Mind is awesome! Chris understands the fundamental truth that it doesn’t matter how different we think we are because deep down, we’re all the same. Whether you’re spiritual, religious, tattooed, a punk rocker, or simply seeking an alternative approach to exploring many of life’s timeless inquiries, this book will be of great benefit to you. Super rad.”
-Miguel Chen, musician (Teenage Bottlerocket) 

Everything Mind offers us a deep, open-minded and inclusive look at what spiritual awakening is and how to integrate transformative practices into our real lives. Chris Grosso is a spiritual revolutionary. I am happy to have him as comrade in the struggle against greed, hatred, and ignorance. Read this book and join us in the coupe d’etat.” 
-Noah Levine, bestselling author of Dharma Punx and Refuge Recovery

“Chris Grosso’s message of authenticity brings you to a place of truth and awareness, beyond the chaos of the current state of our everyday world. Another great masterpiece by a real modern-day guru, The Indie Spiritualist.”
-Don Jose Ruiz, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Fifth Agreement 

 

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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

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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