Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening & Mind Blowing Truth: Everything Mind by Chris Grosso. {Book Review}

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Everything Mind


Lots of spiritual teachers tell you what they know.

Fewer are willing to come from a place of acknowledging what they are still working on learning.


The thing that always strikes me about Chris Grosso’s work, both on and off the page, is that it is perpetually underscored by humility, and the acknowledgement that any spiritual message and teaching is coming through him, rather than from him.

“It’s not like spirituality is going to magically fix everything. In some cases it can make things seem worse and more chaotic before they get better. If we’re being totally real about our practice, spirituality will inevitably, at some point, shake and crumble the carefully crafted foundations of what we believe about ourselves, others, and life in general. This is because spirituality dismantles all the conditioning we’ve been sub- ject to since birth, be it from our family, friends, teachers, or society as a whole. Raw spirituality, rather than adding more beliefs and ideas about who and what we think we are, peels them away, bringing us deeper within ourselves to the place where the realest of real truths resides…”

While Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality was a raw, honest and accessible spiritual seekers 101, Everything Mind is the next level, upperclassman dive past exploration and into practice. While Chris has interviewed and includes reflections on spirituality from people in all walks of life and a multitude of faiths, it is often his take on straightforward, spiritual practices that feels the most powerful. From the chapter “Unconditional Love and Acceptance”:


“When we fearlessly bring our attention to the painful thoughts, emotions, feelings, and any subsequent images that may arise, and we tend to them with an open heart, we’re doing the most natural thing we can—expressing a pure and complete love. It’s a love they’ve never known before and a love many of us have never known before either. After I sat on my bed with an open heart and accepted the painful thoughts and emotions while expressing love and compassion toward them, I felt as if I’d dropped a hundred-pound weight.”

{This quote follows a step-by-step guide to a personal meditation or prayer practice used to look lovingly at and process negative emotions and thought patterns.}

What is most striking here—and throughout Everything Mind—is that the anecdotes, teachings and practices don’t come from the wisdom of someone who has studied “about” spirituality, but instead of a fellow traveler on the path. As in Indie Spiritualist, Chris weaves together counter-culture, rock ‘n roll, and a vast range of spiritual traditions, to remind us that none of this stuff is compartmentalized. There’s no us and them; it’s all us.

“Everything that we know today—from useless trivia to the knowledge we’ve accumulated from the great wisdom traditions, from our artistic and musical abilities to cooking, snowboarding, yoga—we’ve learned from someone else. And as we become clearer on just how dependent upon and interconnected with others we truly are, the more organically we begin to extend kindness and compassion. As our spiritual practice (whatever it may be) grows deeper, it becomes clear that “us” and “them” are nothing more than concepts we’ve been taught to give others and ourselves. We are in this thing together, and the sooner we become clear on that, the sooner we will become friendlier toward life, and life toward us.”

If you are ready to move from spiritual seeking and exploration into practice, and to have the hand of a someone whose wisdom and compassion are hard earned, Everything Mind is for you.



Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening, and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All is available on October 1st, 2015 from Sounds True and can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com.





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