The Chinese spoke of the "four dignities" — Standing, Lying, Sitting, and Walking. They are "dignities" in that they are ways of being fully ourselves, at home in our bodies, in their fundamental modes. I think many of us would consider it quite marvelous if we could set out on foot again, with a little inn or a clean camp available every ten or so miles and no threat from traffic, to travel across a large landscape — all of China, all of Europe. That's the way to see the world: in our own bodies.

Gary Snyder, The Gary Snyder Reader