How to Stay Rooted in Being

Four Parts:Anchors to the nowWatch your inner selfCatalyzing and pragmatic practicesDissolve the Ego

The essence of this article can be summed up in one pointer––"Keep some attention within your self, always". The remaining elements are such details as techniques, method, habits, and so forth. When you are rooted in being, you are connected to the consciousness or stillness that's ever 'present' in all beings. That's why it is said that "we are part of the whole" or "we are all universally connected".

Part 1
Anchors to the now

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    Be aware of your inner body. Can you feel the aliveness or energy field in your body? Your hands, chest, legs, face, head, lips, etc? Just feel your body from with in and then try to realize.
    • This stillness or aliveness is always present but we can't feel it because we are lost in thoughts and emotions, most of the time.
    • There is a saying in Zen: "Breathe from your heels". Does that make sense? They are talking about inner body.
    • Your body is like an ideal sink that absorbs all the negativity and pain and all you are left with is immense peace of 'no mind'.
    • Being aware of your inner body not only anchors you into present moment but also strengthen your immune system. Body loves your attention. Its like when owner of the house is not there, all kinds of shady creatures like bugs, wasps, spiders etc get inside.
    • Here's a practice: Just relax your shoulders and feel your hands from with in and from there it would be easier to become aware of other body parts. This is especially helpful while walking.
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    Be aware of your breath. It means to just watch your breathing. Like gap between inhaling and exhaling cycles, belly movement, sound, inflow and outflow of air etc. Its all run by the intelligence of the body, along with thousands of other bodily functions in a synchronous and accurate manner. Becoming aware of your breath also calms you quickly and brings you into present moment.
    • "Because the practice of breath meditation takes us out of the activity of thought, it is an effective way to awaken. In fact, breath, because it has no form as such, has traditionally been equated with spirit, the formless One Life.[1] In the German language, the word atmen, meaning "breathing," is derived from atman, which in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, refers to the innermost essence or universal self."
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    Be aware of sense perceptions. Can you just look, smell, touch, taste and listen, without any mental commentary?
    • Can you just be aware of the sounds coming from the environment? Can you just look at what you are seeing? Can you just smell? Its all in the space of timeless present moment.
    • Improve your posture. Such a simple thing as right posture can help you a lot to stay rooted in being. Have you noticed that you feel more relaxed and present when you put your legs on an object? It helps even more if you cross your legs. It's because when you do that you are more in contact with your inner body and sense perceptions(touch).
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    • Keep and feel your feet connected to the ground. Especially while walking or standing. It can calm you down dramatically if your feet are properly connected to the ground. Its cause you are more in contact with your sense perceptions(touch) and that's what anchors you in present moment.
    • "Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance" Tao Te Ching.
    • Can you keep some attention with in your body and/or sense perceptions as you continue reading? Read Live in the Present (Spiritual Way) for more depth.
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    Let the awareness channel down to your body, from mind. It's subtle––what is being channeled? if you remain aware of your inner self for some time, you will notice how most of your consciousness or attention is consumed by mind. Its like a dirty window which doesn't let the sun shine through. Becoming aware of your body will create a bridge between mind and body dimensions, that will allow the consciousness to flow into the body.
    • Try this; whenever you feel negative thoughts and emotions then become extremely alert of your body and/or breath and/or sense perceptions. Its like letting the stagnant negative energy to channel and transmute through present moment anchors.
    • Here's another practice for you: Whenever you feel negative emotions or thought in you, just smile. Smiling will help you become more aware of your sense perception as well as it will trick your mind to generate happy thoughts.
    • Another practical way would be to do something productive or constructive or do/watch something that is interesting. For example: talk to a friend, play a game etc. However be aware that that activity doesn't become a crutch as they provide pseudo escape but still practical way to become aware of present. Its like incrementally getting out of mind.
    • Please don't just accept or reject this. Put it to test.

Part 2
Watch your inner self

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    Just watch and go deeper. Whenever you notice yourself overwhelmed by negative emotions then just watch and feel them fully, but don't think about them. Go deeper into your emotions.
    • If you could just single out the moment, you will observe that negative emotions and thoughts are no more than energy movements, intense pressure, discomfort and physical movements in body and brain. Its the reactive thoughts that come in response to them make you unhappy. And that's not you. Read Dissolve the Ego for more depth.
    • Being aware is enough. It's cause when you don't resist the flow of life(thoughts and emotions) within you then 'low frequency' life energy naturally transforms into high frequency and you become more non reactive.
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    Just have enough awareness so it doesn't interfere with the 'watching' process. For example: Just have enough attention on your breathing that it doesn't interfere with the breathing process. It means be aware that your breathing doesn't change from 'automatic to manual' mode due to mind interpretation of 'watching'. Another example: Be aware when you feel heavy emotions in your body that 'watching your inner' self doesn't get mentally interpreted as 'clinginess'.
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    Look beyond concepts or words. Don't look at the concepts or words, but look where they point to. For example the word 'orange', for many people, points to a visual image of 'fruit' orange or 'orange' color. Its cause that's what is the conditioned mental interpretation of that word. However when human mind is given a phrase that it has never interpreted before, it will keep trying until it come up with an interpretation on the basis of its conditioning. Its because of its compulsive need to interpret or label things. So there is a possibility that your mind may try to come up with an interpretation of the phrase 'Being aware' and conceptualize it. However, that interpretation would be another mind made concept.
    • Concepts or thoughts or labels are part of the journey to go beyond mind but realize that they are no more than stepping stones to be left as quickly as possible. Finger(concept or thought) pointing to the moon(true awareness or consciousness) is not the moon.
    • True awareness is unconditioned, and non-conceptual. "Can you just observe without adding any interpretation to anything?" Eckhart Tolle. Read Surrender to the Present Moment for more depth on this.

Part 3
Catalyzing and pragmatic practices

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    Listen to serene music or watch some spiritual videos. Whenever you find yourself feeling fatigued or upset, then listen to some peaceful music or watch some spiritual videos. You will notice how music works as a catalyst to help you become more aware of your inner body, sense perceptions, breath etc.
    • Although, don't wait for yourself to become upset or negative with a notion that it will make you more aware. Instead, be aware as much as you can, so 'negative' situation doesn't become a crutch. As it will help maintain the degree of awareness in you.
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    Write or verbalize your thoughts. Thoughts can be slippery, quick and can be as small as milliseconds, including and especially pre-verbalized thoughts, but they have a great power to manipulate us like a puppet. So a high degree of alertness is required. Its better to write your recurring thoughts and reactions, including the thought that "you have to write your thoughts". Its because writing will help you give them full attention and full attention is full acceptance.
    • Alternatively you can also record or verbalize your thoughts as its more pragmatic than writing. Verbalizing also make you more aware of your sense perceptions(listening). And since being aware of the sense perceptions is one of the anchors to stay rooted in being, so it quickly brings you into present.
    • Speak from the body. It means keep some attention in your body as you speak. It adds depth to your voice as your words are charged with spiritual energy.
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    Don't use any technique or structure or method as a crutch. Using a structured method or routine, in the beginning, to practice 'Art of presence' is fine. For example, a particular Buddhist or zen method of meditation, some technique, using negative situation to become aware etc. But as you go along there should be no method.
    • This is one of the reasons above methods, for most parts, are structure less and don't need you dedicate special time to practice them. You can be aware of your sense perceptions, breathing and inner body, as you read 'this'.
    • Although, its fine to use some of the methods from time to time to regain the touch with presence in you. But again, don't use them as crutch.

Part 4
Dissolve the Ego

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    Dissolve the Ego. It's the identification with mind and form, the current state of consciousness of humanity. To truly stay rooted in being, we must dissolve the ego. It's highly recommended that you read Dissolve the Ego for more insight.
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    Surrender. "Surrender is simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life" Eckhart Tolle. It means to yield to the flow of life within you at 'this' moment. What's the flow of life with in you? The thoughts, emotions and physical reactions that come in response to anything(including circumstances, thoughts, emotions and reactions). Read Surrender to the present moment for more depth.
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    Dissolve Pain body. Have you noticed a heavy cloud of emotions or a dark entity that gets activated by a peculiar event or thought and takes you over? That's pain body. Pain body is the collective residue of the pain from personal past as well as the thousands of years of collective pain and suffering endured by humans.
    • Usually Pain body is dormant and gets activated by an event or thought that is peculiar to you. That peculiar event or thought could be women's menstrual cycle, painful memory or pattern from the past, particular people, situation etc. However for a deeply unhappy person, pain body could remain active all the time.
    • Most humans carry a varying degree of pain body in them. Usually it is more prevalent and heavier in women than men because of thousand of years of collective conditioning, exploitation and immense suffering afflicted on them. Its also heavier in people who have been through immense suffering or their ancestors have been through immense suffering.
    • Pain body has high momentum and can carry you with it like a wild river.
    • Since emotions are reflection of mind in body so when pain body gets activated it makes your thinking deeply negative and vice versa.
    • An activated pain body usually triggers pain bodies of the people around you with similar energy frequencies. Which means it may cause other people to harm you physically and verbally.
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    Just watch it. Deeply realize that that pain is not you(dis-identify with it) but just a pattern that takes you over and then becomes dormant. So watch and smile at it with high alertness, to step out of it. Watching severs the link between thinking and pain body and it loses energy as it doesn't let pain-body to enhance itself through thought. It also helps to prevent pain body rise up to mind and turn into thinking.
    • It is possible that during your spiritual practice, pain body can make you do or say things which you would never do when you are relatively conscious. However be assured that it is just a phantom which cannot stand in the light of your presence. Just be aware, watch and allow it to be. Being with a conscious person helps as she/he can help you stay present.
    • Again, in the long run don't interpret the words 'watch' or 'aware' through concepts or mental conditioning. You wouldn't even realize you have been watching your inner self through concepts. Therefore high degree of alertness is needed.
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    See the pain body as your benevolent teacher. Either pain body can take you deeper into unconsciousness or become your greatest teacher to enlightenment. Most great people once had a dense and heavy pain body. Pain-body is like a fuel that transforms into presence. We are not talking about presence in abstract term, you will feel transformation of pain body in to high frequency energy or aliveness in your body. More the fuel, more awaken you become.
    • One of the reasons why more women are reaching fully conscious state than men. Recognize the interconnection?


  • When you are rooted in your being, your actions become high quality because consciousness flows through your actions. It doesn't matter what you are doing, such as walking, daily chores, or even if it's thinking. It becomes high quality.
  • When you are in mind, you are a ripple unaware that it's part of the ocean. However when you are rooted in being, you are a ripple that knows that it's part of the ocean. You are that ocean.
  • Whenever you lose touch with your being, look closely and you will see you are creating suffering for yourself and others.
  • Pain body is not a personal problem so whatever a person do or says while their pain body is active, there's nothing personal in it. Its an entity that takes them over and make them do or say things that they usually don't do when they are relatively conscious.
  • Hands are the easiest be aware of and from there you can become aware of other parts of body. Similarly breathing is easier to become aware than inner body.
  • Who's the watcher? the presence that sees the 'voice in your head', your true-self.
  • "Stay at the center of the circle and let every thing fall into place" Tao te ching. Stay rooted in being and let everything fall into place.
  • Don't just accept or reject the practices, put them to test.

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