Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

by Chris Grosso


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

Brutally honest and radically unconventional, Chris Grosso’s collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance shows what it means to live a truly authentic spiritual life.

Set amongst the backdrop of Grosso’s original music (includ­ed for download via QR codes in the text), Indie Spiritualist encourages you to accept yourself just as you are, in all your humanity and imperfect perfection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582704623
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 272
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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Noah Levine xvii

Preface: Scream Phoenix xxi

Introduction: Smash the Control Machine xxvii

A Angels of Darkness (The Words, The Ways)

1 Spirituality? 3

2 Whatever Comes Up, Comes Out 7

3 Samadhi and Van Halen 9

4 The Zipper That Broke the Camel's Tooth 11

5 Detox Diaries 15

6 The Gift of Desperation 19

7 Finding Freedom 21

8 Calling Bullshit on Ourselves 29

9 No Comply 33

10 Holy Grail Sale 39

11 When the Bottom Gives Out 43

12 Hey, Asshole 45

13 But I'm Not Interested in Yoga, So Now What?! 47

14 New Noise 51

15 Little Did I Know 55

16 Question Everything 59

17 Heroes? 61

18 Transcendence 65

19 The Tao of Checking Yourself 69

20 The Meaning of Life 75

21 Me, Myself & I 77

22 To Let Sleeping Dogs Lie 79

23 Jesus, Hitler, Bieber, Slayer & God 83

24 When Forever Comes Crashing 87

25 Transmission of the Heart 91

26 This Love 95

27 Triumphant Life Fuck-Ups & Loving-Kindness 99

28 Eden Complex 103

29 God Disclaimer 107

30 Intellectualize This 113

31 A Drug Is a Drug Is a Drug 115

32 Pills 121

33 Where's the Dead Body?! 125

34 A Prayer for the Dead 129

35 Death, It's Not Just for Metal Anymore 133

36 The Entanglement Theory of Kirtan, Punk Rock & Hip-Hop 137

37 Music, the Collective Liberator 141

38 Bhakti Boombox 145

39 Ignition 149

40 Variations on a Theme 151

41 Love, the Universal Curriculum 153

B Demons of Light (Meditations, Practices, and Multimedia Suggestions)


1 Vipassana Meditation 159

2 Mahasati Meditation 165

3 Karma Yoga & the Thirty-Two Body Part Meditation 169

4 Self-Enquiry (Atma Vichara) 173

5 Loving-Kindness Meditation 179


6 Going to a Concert 185

7 Visiting a Museum or Gallery 187

8 Mala or Rosary Bead Work 189

9 Journaling 193

10 Prayer 195

11 Creating Art 199

12 Visit a Church, Mosque, Monastery, or Sacred Place 201

13 Yoga 203

14 Talking to People 205

15 Gratitude 207

Eclectic Multimedia Suggestions

16 Books 211

17 Film 219

18 Music 223

Parting Words 229

Acknowledgments 231

Indie Spiritualist Playlist Index 235

Notes 237

About the Author 239

Indie Spiritualist Playlist (audio download) 241

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Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiled gently. "I wouldn't mind." She waved her tail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raw, insightful and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the most honest and engaging books that I have read in a long time. The author shares his story of addiction and recovery, but more importantly he offers Hope and Help to those who are struggling in their own journey. His no BS exploration of Spirituality is relatable and insightful no matter where you are on your spiritual path. The author writes from his heart in short easy to read chapters. It is one of those books that is hard to put down, and you can't wait to pick it up again to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book for a while. Then I started to notice that whenever the author criticizes a person or a trend it is directed at women. And whenever he praises a great thinker or artist its always a man. It really bugged me. I think he has issues with women.