"Everything Mind" means it's all part of the path--dark and light, sacred and profane, serious and goofy, tragic and joyous. Each experience is unique, each has something profound to teach us if we open ourselves and let it in. Sharing hard-won wisdom and the spiritual practices that helped him through his darkest times, Chris invites you to discover:
- Spirituality--how something that doesn't fix your problems or change who you are can still revolutionize your life
- Why well-worn ideas like "love everyone" and "anything is possible" are much more than just wishful bullshit
- The perils of railing at fundamentalism--how to put down the pitchfork and practice compassionate spiritual discernment
- The mystery of "interbeing"--convincing your head, heart, and gut that you're actually connected to everything
- Expressing your truth through service, meditation, sports, relationships, punk rock, skateboarding--or just about anything done with love
Finding our own spirituality is both liberating and terrifying. Liberating because we no longer have to be tied down by dogma or march off to war just because a guy in a fancy hat says so. Terrifying because it's now totally on us to find out what's true, what's holy, what really matters to each of us. "Cultivating a spiritual lifestyle may be the most challenging undertaking you'll ever face," says Chris Grosso. "But if you stick with it, you can learn to meet all of life with an open heart--which, when you get down to it, is pretty fucking amazing."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Recovering addict and punk rock journalist Grosso (Indie Spiritualist) wants, in his irreverent hybrid of personal memoir, inner travelogue, and profanity-filled guide to Buddhist theory and practice, to “wake your ass up” and help you to “be of service to others.” Grosso’s advice avoids the sappy, clean-living reform rhetoric of most enlightenment memoirs; instead he teaches shadow work—the practice of working through imagined conversations with others—embracing emotional darkness, and gravitating toward those with a nontraditional (or nonexistent) spirituality. Chapters explaining concepts like Witnessing Awareness and bodhichitta alternate with concise descriptions of accessible, mostly traditional practices. Although Grosso has a free-form, conversational style, his lessons are all coherent and well organized. He draws from such masters as Thich Nhat Hanh and don Miguel Ruiz, but also from less conventional sources like Charles Bukowski’s “The Last Night of the Earth Poems.” His low-key offer of tools for experiencing the oneness of life is human and humble, while secure in understanding its profound value, like a friend putting a hand on your shoulder on a rough day. (Oct.)