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Everything Mind: What I've Learned about Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening, and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All

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I'm not a yogi from the Himalayas, a preacher from the pulpit, or a guru with dollar signs in my eyes, says Chris Grosso. The truth is, as a result of years of heavy drug and alcohol addiction, I've been to some extremely dark places that resulted in a literal life-or-death search for something more. With Everything Mind, this emerging voice of the spiritual countercultur ...more
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Published October 1st 2015 by Sounds True
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Justin
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality, own
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

This book is an introduction to Buddhism similar to Brad Warner' Hardcore Zen series or The Dude and the Zen Master . It doesn't go too deep (it's chapters all seem to be a handful of pages long, making it hard to go too deep into any topic) but it has some very novel/useful exercises that make it worth keeping around.

I found Grosso's voice to be engaging,. warm and nonjudgmental. Grosso's background as a recovering addict will de
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Whitney Schroeder
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. I really related to this book and the author. I loved the history of his spirituality and the many different viewpoints he took throughout his life. Well done.
Brennan Dignan
I didn't find myself connecting with the author's voice, which is interesting because he is very self deprecating and irreverent, two of my favorite qualities in a human being. However, there are some good nuggets of wisdom in there for those who like his style of writing. ...more
Victoria Klein
If you're like me, you may have a certain mental image associated with a "spiritual" person ...

Perhaps it's a fit, blond, white woman, hosting a Yoga retreat on the luxurious beaches of Bali ...

Or it could be a thin, older Indian man, wearing nothing but a loin cloth, dreads piled on his head, and ash on his face ...

Maybe it's the pastor of your local church or the rabbi of your local synagogue ...

Did the image of a tattooed punk music fan come into your mind?

Probably not, but I propose that Chr
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Steven
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Focused and more refined, Grosso's second book creates strong connection to spirituality into a concept that unites us all in Everything Mind. More assured in his voice yet still fun and irreverent, Grosso brings in his ideas of spirituality supported a vast group of some of the best spiritualists and some people less spiritual (but he makes his case) and shows us into his own spiritual practice in the process. Grosso is a humble voice in the spiritual works and as he is able to admit, not the m ...more
James
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Everything Mind (God, Spirit, Being, Isness) by Chris Gross who recommends highly The Last Night of Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski.

To learn more about this independent spiritual teacher, take a look at the site: http://theindiespiritualist.com/about/

What I admire most about this book are the well-crafted spiritual practicums. The Centering Prayer from the work of Father Thomas Keating is one I am doing.
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