MEET KASSI

 credit: SILVIA MAZZOCCHINi/HARVARD GAZETTE

credit: SILVIA MAZZOCCHINi/HARVARD GAZETTE

Kassi Underwood is the author of the memoir May Cause Love (HarperOne/HarperCollins) and founder of Spiritually Blonde, a wellness brand that teaches people to be peaceful and powerful, no matter what’s going on around them. Kassi first began her spiritual journey at the age of 19 when she became pregnant in college and, despite having always wanted to be a mother, chose to terminate. Rather than follow the rules and be silent, she decided to tell the truth; if just one woman could feel a little bit less alone, it’d be worth it. Once she started telling the truth about her abortion, she started telling the truth about everything, including her addictions to drugs and alcohol. She got sober at age 20, which sparked her love of practical spiritual tools, and spent the following decade exploring and mastering spiritual disciplines.

She is now Harvard Innovation Lab’s first-ever Meditation Advisor, serving the entire student body in private sessions and group meditation experiences. As founder of Spiritually Blonde, she works with individuals and designs and teaches online courses. Her most recent course was called Revolution After Abortion, the first program of its kind, leading women and nonbinary people to community, confidence, and peace of mind through a process influenced by principles from A Course in Miracles, on which all her work is based. As a public speaker, Kassi has traveled the country to share her story and present spiritual teachings everywhere from the University of California at Berkeley and New York City’s Lincoln Center to churches in Texas and live television audiences on MSNBC. She encourages people to meditate, tell the truth, and follow their gut—in that order.

She has been a D-student and a Harvard Divinity student, gotten an abortion and given birth to a son. She is a super-blonde Southern belle with a radical political edge and a spiritual teacher with a fondness for faux fur coats, cowgirl boots, and Dolly Parton. Her job on earth is simple: to tell the truth and teach others how to find their truth—then to go out and live it, even if it confuses everybody else.