When walking, he knows “I am walking”;
when standing, he knows “I am standing”;
when sitting, he knows “I am sitting”;
when lying down, he knows “I am lying down”.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Satipatthana Sutta
Beyond basic mindfulness, it is advised that we develop clear knowledge of all our activities in four ways:
- How does this particular act further our purposes?
- Is it suitable to this time, this place, and this circumstance?
- May it be performed with grace, dignity, and restraint?
- Can it be accomplished without conceptual elaborations about the agent, the act, and the recipient?