The phenomenology of rooting

J Relig Health. 2010 Sep;49(3):385-8. doi: 10.1007/s10943-010-9334-y.


This paper examines the attractions of passionate involvement in wanting particular outcomes, which is popularly known as rooting. The author's lifelong personal experience is the source of his analysis, along with the insights provided by spiritual literature and especially the work of Dr. Thomas Hora, with whom the author studied for 30 years. The phrase "choiceless awareness," utilized by J. Krishnamurti, and attained via meditation, is seen as the means of transcending a rooting mode of being in the world.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Object Attachment*
  • Pleasure
  • Spirituality*