Four postures for meditation; sitting, standing, walking and lying down. My Tibetan Buddhist teacher says “when you are sitting know that you are sitting, when you are standing know that you are standing, when you are walking know that you are walking and when you are lying down know that you are lying down”. I sat in the studio for 4 minutes, walked in the studio for 4 minutes, stood on the ladder in the studio for 4 minutes, and lay on the floor of the studio for 4 minutes.
“4 minutes, four postures in the studio
You sit for a long time … long is relative; hours for some are longer than they physically amount to and for others, in the spectrum of the universe, they are increasingly shorter. But you sit.
Standing is a proposition that can be taken several ways. What is the ratio of those of us taking a stand to the rest of us just standing around? Either way, still you breathe and you stand until you do not.
Walking is akin to standing, of course. One cannot happen without the other; this duality in motion gets us from one place to another, we hope.
Laying down is not giving up but refueling, unless it is among the instances where the struggle to stand, to walk, or to sit has overtaken the body and there is no other recourse. But even then, we do one only to gain back our time to the other. This is a cycle. Energy is redistributed. Thoughts come into focus and dissipate. Images appear only to be rejigged. ” From the curatorial essay by Kegan McFadden for the exhibition Studio Practice: Meditation Practice.