Anyone have any comments or a similar problems giving up all roles?
You couldnt give up "all" roles, even if you tried, unless you're going to go live in a cave somewhere. What I'm referring to as roles though is mother, father, sister, brother, employee, neighbor, house holder, etc. Where you are referring to a psychological role, I believe..a warrior mentality. This is optional and completely built to make the "little me" feel safe and secure, but it's a fasade, imagination. You're no more safe and secure with that mentality then another, imo.
I love feeling the inner body but I think my go to technique will be the "I am" mantra. I hope that's okay
Saying to yourself I AM" was not meant to be a true mantra where you say it over and over and over repeatedly. It's meant to be a mode of Self inquiry. Where the mind holds the thought "I AM" without allowing other thoughts to join that thought. Helping you to realize that "I AM" is the primary thought. "I AM" is you (awareness) prior to associating with anything else.
Anyways, no you don't have to feel the inner body, if you don't want to, it's a tool, nothing else.
Take what you like and leave the rest.