Indie Spiritualist Podcast with Chris Grosso

I sat down with my friend Chris Grosso for his podcast ( The Indie Spiritualist ) to talk about spiritual bypass, trump, inherent bias, practice and much more. The conversation is available both in video form (below) and coming soon in podcast form on the Be Here Now Network.

“A mentor of mine recommended yoga and something just really clicked for me. I dabbled with it and figured out right away that it was really good for me and I needed to do it every day.”

Change In Pace (13:00) – As a student of yoga legend, Dharma Mittra, Lily shares what it is like to move from a self-led spiritual path to one of structure that is steeped in tradition.
In 2010, Lily co-founded the donation run Brooklyn Yoga School. She talks about the struggles and rewards involved in bringing spiritual practice to the masses.

“I think you when you have a formal teacher, you’re cooking with high heat. It really accelerates the process. The beauty of having a teacher is that it gives you a bigger container to explore within.”

Bypassing Reality (29:00) – Chris and Lily talk about the phenomena of spiritual bypassing and materialism. They explore how bypassing occurs in the first place and what can be done to overcome it.

Practice and Politics (39:00) – There is an interesting crossover between internal and external transformation. Lily shares her feelings about how our practices relate to the greater world around us. She and Chris discuss the ways in which looking within informs how we view and interact with the world.

“It is very tricky to understand what do with people who do the most atrocious crimes and embody hatred. It is a very interesting thing to look at them and then looks at those aspects of ourselves that are really full of hatred.”

Chris Grosso is a public speaker, writer, recovering addict, spiritual director, and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster) and Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of it All (Sounds True, Oct. 2015). He writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, and has spoken and performed at Wanderlust Festival, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, Kripalu, and more. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid-90s. Check out more of Chris' work, including several books via his website HERE.

Lily Cushman