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The Four Dignities

The Four Dignities

The Spiritual Practice of Walking, Standing, Sitting, and Lying Down

Cain Carroll

Quick Overview

Based on the author's long experience of Yogic and Daoist traditions, this book explores the embodiment of spiritual practice in the most basic functions of daily life. The author shows how to bring the consciousness to bear on the body in lying, sitting, standing and walking, with transformational consequences.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 9.02in x 6.02in / 229mm x 153mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-216-4
2014, ePUB, 224pp
ISBN: 978-0-85701-166-4
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Offering a fresh perspective on immediate presence and embodied spiritual practice, The Four Dignities shows how the mindful cultivation of the four essential postures – walking, standing, sitting, and lying down – are the basis for a formal practice to develop greater vitality and spiritual awakening. The author reveals the subtle inner nuances of the four traditional meditations, and shows how they can be practiced as a unified system. Readers are given a profound understanding of correct posture, alignment, breathing, and attention, and the author explains the philosophical basis for the practice, offering a pathway toward realizing profound spiritual and energetic transformation.

This accessible yet profound study will be an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of yoga, taiji, qigong, and meditation, as well as spiritual seekers, and anyone interested in Eastern philosophy or the study of movement.


'In China, we have a saying that we commonly apply to our inner cultivation practice: ZhanZuoXingWoBuLiZheGe ????????, which means never leave from "This" whenever you are standing, sitting, walking, or reclining. What is "This" and how do we stay with "This"? In Cain Carroll's The Four Dignities, you will find the answers!'
- Master Zhongxian Wu, lifelong Daoist practitioner and author of 12 books (5 in Chinese) on Chinese wisdom traditions

'Cain Carroll has produced a must-have book that is essential reading for any self-respecting person on the path of self-cultivation. A wonderful collection of wisdom from diverse traditions that serves to illuminate the simple universal truths at their heart. This book needs to be with you standing, walking, sitting or lying down.'
- Gordon Faulkner, Principal Instructor, Chanquanshu School of Daoist Arts and author of Managing Stress with Qigong

'The four dignities form the basis of all Eastern wisdom traditions and this book provides a comprehensive overview of the nature of sitting, standing, walking and lying down in the internal arts. As well as this are a host of other useful sections on the nature of mind/consciousness and the path of internal cultivation. This is a great book for those engaged in any form of spiritual training.'
- Damo Mitchell, author of Daoist Nei Gong and Heavenly Streams


By (author): Cain Carroll