This story from Alice teaches of the many different perspectives that there are, and how many ways it is possible to be distracted from our true intention.
“As you know, I love these monk stories. I think they can touch us deeply as metaphor. I have a bunch, and here is another one:
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, ‘Oh, no! The candle is out.’
The second monk said, ‘Aren’t we not supposed to talk?’
The third monk said, ‘Why must you two break the silence?’
The fourth monk laughed and said, ‘Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak.’
Each monk broke the silence for a different reason, each of which is a common stumbling block to meditation.
The first monk became distracted by one element of the world (the candle) and so lost sight of the rest.
The second monk was more worried about rules than the meditation itself.
The third monk let his anger at the first two rule him.
And the final monk was lost in his ego.
Which one of these monks are you? or maybe a few of them? Since our meditation is directly connected to our lives, watch for this as you go about your day.”
– Alice Frankin
Alice Franklin explores the human spirit using architectural design, art, and archetypes revealed in meditative practices to express the energetic link and natural beauty that surrounds us all. To find out more about her art and meditation, visit www.alicefranklinstudio.com