Indie Spiritualist

A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

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Indie Spiritualist

A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

Chris Grosso

After years of heavy addiction, Chris Grosso found himself literally on his knees, utterly lost and broken. Grasping for life, Grosso needed to find a new path, one that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine—one free of bullshit.

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“Fear, anger, hurt, sadness, drugs, empty sex, food, cutting and suicide attempts—all culminated in a perfect storm, a tempest that shattered my heart and left me nothing more than the shell of a man…If I was going to live, I needed to surrender and find a new way to approach life.”

After years of heavy addiction, Chris Grosso found himself literally on his knees, utterly lost and broken. Grasping for life, Grosso needed to find a new path, one that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine—one free of bullshit.

Blazing his own path, Grosso discovered 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. Brutally honest and radically unconventional, 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 life.

Set amongst the backdrop of Grosso’s original music (included for download via QR codes in the text), Indie Spiritualist empowers readers to accept themselves as they are, in all their humanity and imperfect perfection. To honor the spiritual truth within themselves, to question the answers regardless of what anyone says.



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Meet the Author

Chris Grosso

Chris Grosso is a tattooed, independent culturist, freelance writer, spiritual aspirant, recovering addict, and musician. Chris writes for such venues as Rebelle Society, Huffington Post, Intent blog, and is a monthly contributor on the radio show Where is My Guru?. He created the popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual with The Indie Spiritualist website. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid-1990s playing with independent bands.

Press Reviews

“Chris Grosso seamlessly blends the ideas of individuality and spirituality in a way that is selfless, easy to read, and inspiring."”

Tony Hawk
skateboarding icom

“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.”

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

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

MC Yogi
Hip Hop Artist and Yoga Teacher

“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, PhD
author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

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

Treach
Naughty By Nature

“[Chris'] 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.”

Marci Shimoff
NY Times bestselling author of Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason

“[Chris is] a caring and compassionate human being who can be relied upon to do things right. ..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

“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

“There's a new generation of spiritualist emerging, and Chris's work on his website, TheIndieSpiritualist.com, has established him as a leading visionary among them.”

Stephen and Ondrea Levine
bestselling authors of Embracing the Beloved, Who Dies?, and The Grief Process

“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
bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

“[Chris] is a voice, an energy, a life force that brings together our inner rebel with our inner wisdom. His 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 new generations of misfit mystics, musicians, and artists who take the road less traveled.”

Lisa Marie Selow
bestselling author of A Rebel Chick Mystic's Guide

“In a society where spirituality has been commoditized and re-packaged as a lifestyle accessory, Chris's zero bullshit approach to our spiritual lives is a much needed reality check.”

Kate Bartolotta
Managing Editor at ElephantJournal.com

“Chris Grosso and his book, Indie Spiritualist, are a perfect example of that 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 and session musician

“Chris 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.”

Gavin Van Vlack
founding member of legendary NYC hardcore band Burn and Absolution

“[Grosso] writes with refreshing wit and candor, deeply and broadly reflecting on what it means to be human, personally and collectively.”

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The Spiritual Buffet with Chris Grosso

I had such a great time interviewing Chris Grosso today. His upcoming book Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality really speaks to the spiritual journey I have found myself on recently. One thing that he said that hit me was he called it a "spiritual buffet." This worked in my head on several levels. The idea that you take what you want of each "dish," you take away only what you want, and you are welcome to come back as many times as you want. I was really excited about this metaphor and then when the viewer question came through about that seeming ungrounded or without roots, it made me question. After a little (I emphasize little) reflection, I am wondering if what we are seeing and what Chris is sharing is a more modern form of spirituality, and what may be seen as "grounded" is a more established form.


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