Today, all of the quotations are from Matthew’s book, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. Try to meditate on each quotation and see what comes to you.
Note how Matthew says he uses art-as-meditation to help him be more productive as a writer and lecturer:
I often ‘get lost’ and get calmed while writing or while preparing a lecture, or while lecturing. I have deep spiritual experiences while working. This is art as meditation also.
Experiment with this practice of study as meditation and contemplation.
Our creativity is so powerful,
so without precedent in the history of evolution,
that it is literally taking over the planet.
which I define as
the disciplined pursuit of our holy curiosity,
is a necessary part of remaining alive
and remaining creative
and resisting cynicism.
The artist is to the community
or body politic
what the liver is to the human body:
Art as meditation is
simply entering into the artistic process
not to produce a work of art
but to be with the process.
The artist has realized
that the alternative to creativity
is worse than death.
It is boredom.
A death of the Spirit.
A concealment of one’s truth.
Queries for Contemplation
Pick one of the quotations that really spoke to you, and share what came to you.
Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet
Because creativity is the key to both our genius and beauty as a species but also to our capacity for evil, we need to teach creativity and to teach ways of steering this God-like power in directions that promote love of life (biophilia) and not love of death (necrophilia). Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, Fox’s focus on creativity attempts nothing less than to shape a new ethic.
“Matt Fox is a pilgrim who seeks a path into the church of tomorrow. Countless numbers will be happy to follow his lead.” –Bishop John Shelby Spong, author, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Living in Sin