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Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up

Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up


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Chris Grosso invites us to sit in on conversations with beloved luminaries and bestselling authors such as Ram Dass, Lissa Rankin, Noah Levine, Gabor Mate, and Sharon Salzberg to discover why people return to self-defeating behaviors—drugs, alcohol, unhealthy eating, sex, media—and how they can recover, heal, and thrive.

In his recovery from drugs and alcohol, Chris Grosso has stumbled, staggered, and started all over again. In an effort to understand why he relapses, and why many of us return to the myriad of other self-defeating behaviors despite our better judgment, he went to bestselling authors, spiritual teachers, psychologists, doctors, and more, and asked them why we tend to repeat mistakes in our lives, even when we know these actions will harm us and the ones we love.

In Dead Set on Living, Chris shares these intimate conversations and the practices that have taught him to be more loving, compassionate, and forgiving with himself as well as new meditation and healing techniques he learned through his journey.

Unabashedly honest and inspiring, Dead Set on Living is essential reading for anyone seeking a path towards triumph over adversity, understanding the human condition, and rebuilding relationships after promises have been broken.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501173974
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 490,191
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Chris Grosso is a writer and public speaker. He is the author of Indie Spiritualist and Everything Mind and writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine. Chris speaks frequently at conferences and festivals and is passionate about his work with people who are in the process of healing or struggling with addictions of all kinds. He is a member of the advisory board for Drugs over Dinner and hosts The Indie Spiritualist podcast on Ram Dass’s Be Here Now Network.

Drawn to finding the sacred in everyday things, Alice Peck’s books include: Be More Tree; Bread, Body, Spirit; and Next to Godliness. Her writing has appeared in Center for Humans & Nature, Spirituality & Health, Rewire Me, Prime Mind, Daily Good, and Mountain Record. As an editor, she focuses on mind and spirit. She collaborates with Zen teachers, Tibetan Buddhist psychotherapists, and mindfulness instructors, and edits memoir, fiction, and anthologies—recently Dharma of Dogs. Before focusing on publishing, Alice acquired books and developed screenplays for film and TV. She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with her family.

Table of Contents

Preface: Sea of Heartbreak xvii

Introduction: Sometimes All I Am is a Dark Emptiness xxiii

1 The Trance of Unworthiness Tara Brach 1

2 The Primary Problem Gabor Maté 13

3 God is Not Your Bitch Lissa Rankin, MD 35

4 Drinking, Drugging, Overspending, and Sexcapades Anne Davin 52

5 I Don't Believe in Anything Ram Doss 67

6 The Place Where the Sweetness Hurts Michael Taft 77

7 The Love That Rolls Up its Sleeves and Gets Muddy Sera Beak 99

8 A Lonely Consciousness in a Bag of Flesh Chelsea Roff 115

9 A Happiness That Isn't Going to Shatter Sharon Salzberg 131

10 Writing and Fighting for Forgiveness J. Ivy 144

11 Rising from the Woundedness JP Sears 156

12 A Tiny Sit More Mona Haydar 169

13 The Inevitable Catastrophe Duncan Trussell 183

14 Those Dark, Horrible Fucking Places Damien Echols 205

15 This Beautiful, Broken Reality of the Human Condition Mirabai Starr 222

16 The Gifts of Crisis Sally Kempton 237

17 Transcend and Include Ken Wilber 251

18 This Shit Actually Works Noah Levine 272

19 We're All We've Got Deron Drumm 285

Afterword: Onward and Inward 293

Acknowledgments 297

Notes 299

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