If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.— Matthew Fox
The most memorable Matthew Fox quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
Beauty saves. Beauty heals. Beauty motivates. Beauty unites. Beauty returns us to our origins, and here lies the ultimate act of saving, of healing, of overcoming dualism.
Inner work is finding joy in work. Our real work is heart work and soul work.
There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware.
Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.
We must work on our souls, enlarging and expanding them.
We do so by experiencing all of life-the beauty and the joy as well as the grief and pain. Soul work requires paying attention to life, to the laughter and the sorrow, the enlightening and the frightening, the inspiring and the silly.
The whole purpose of letting pain be pain is this: to let go of pain.
By entering into it, we see that we are strong enough and capable enough to move through it. We find out that it ultimately has a gift for us.
A global awakening can only happen from a spiritual awakening that is of global dimensions.
Creation is all space, all time - all things past, present, and future.
We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty. If we take pictures of them and blow up the photographs, we realize we walk on beauty every day, even when things seem ugly around us.
The system is not working. That is how a paradigm shift begins: the established way of seeing the world no longer functions.
Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are angels of light, support, guidance, healing and defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels. And we have names for them: racism, sexism, homophobia are all demons - but they're not out there.
Prayer is essentially about making the heart strong so that fear cannot penetrate there.
To recover a spiritual tradition in which creation, and the study of creation, matters would be to inaugurate new possibilities between spirituality and science that would shape the paradigms for culture, its institution, and its people.
Soul is our appetite, driving us to eat from the banquet of life.
People filled with the hunger of soul take food from every dish before them, whether it be sweet or bitter.
I don't think that fundamentalism has anything to do with Jesus Christ.
They call themselves Christians, but if that's Christian, count me out. Fundamentalism is built on fear and greed. They're telling you to give them your money otherwise you're going to hell.
Pain destroys the illusions of false, that is, elitist pleasures.
It burns from the inside out. It, therefore, sensitizes us to what is truly beautiful in life.
Today's Catholic church seems to reward authoritarian personalities who are clearly ill, violent, sexually obsessed and unable to remember the past.
We are in the cosmos and the cosmos is in us.
Im not really a tropical paradise kind of person.
To connect with the great river we all need a path, but when you get down there there's only one river.
A lot of people want to see this idealized version of heroism, all pretty and perfect, and I'm not interested in playing the goody-goody hero at all.
We honor life when we work. The type of work is not important: the fact of work is. All work feeds the soul if it is honest and done to the best of our abilities and if it brings joy to others.
A job is something we do to get a paycheck and pay our bills.
Jobs are legitimate, at times, but work is why we are here in the universe. Work and calling often go together.
What is common to all paths that are spiritual is, of course, the Spirit-breath, life energy, that is why all true paths are essentially one path, because there is only one Spirit, one breath, one life, one energy in the universe. It belongs to none of us and all of us. We all share it. Spiritually does not make up otherworldly; it renders us more fully alive.
I'm not saying I want a film career because I think I'm too good for television.
I'm simply saying I want more control over my life.
I put a lot of pressure on myself and I think I am quite.
.. well, intense about driving other people.
I'll put it to you this way: I never, ever think about the things that I get involved with on a macro means-to-an-ends scale.
By cutting ourselves off from the rest of creation, we are left bereft of awe and wonder and therefore of reverence and gratitude. We violate our very beings, and we have nothing but trivia to teach our young.
I'm either going to have the career I want doing films, or I'll do something else - I'll be gone.
It is precisely the despair of our times that convinces me that a renaissance is right around the corner.
Cars are part of our genetic makeup. It's unavoidable.
Having a studio tell you when to jump and how high eight months of the year for six years is not a relationship I want to get into again.
Humor and paradox are often the only ways to respond to life's sorrow with grace.
I turn a lot of stuff down - big, big movies, the kind I wouldn't want to go to the cinema to see.
A lot of the time I hate acting. It has a lot to do with the way I was brought up in a world where showing your emotions is frowned upon. It's just not manly. I don't do anything in life because I love doing it. It's because I want to be good at it.
Awe is the beginning of wisdom. Awe is the beginning of education.
The prophets preach . . . that pleasure, not will-power and coercion, is how you most deeply transform people.
I'm an actor. I try to play a character in a really cool story, the very best I can.
After 'Lost', I never need to take a job for the money again.
When it comes to wilderness animals we have to make an effort to preserve what areas we can that they can be themselves in. Its come to a point though, clearly, where some species have to be cared for by humans if they are not going to disappear altogether.
Animals teach us about the animals in ourselves. We need their spirits.
I am a Westerner. We're not going to change the West by going East. The East has a lot to teach us, but essentially it's like a mirror, saying, hey, can't you see what's here in your own religion, what are you, stupid?
Faith takes us to deep places, to the ruptures in our self-confidence and our lives. Do not settle for spiritual comfort all the time...Darkness is divine also. Faith is not about positive thinking so much as about what kicks in when we are weak, sick, and short of self-confidence. The via positiva never stands alone. The via negativa is always with us on our faith journey as well.
Facing the darkness, admitting the pain, allowing the pain to be pain, is never easy. This is why courage - big-heartedness - is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey. But if we fail to let pain be pain - and our entire patriarchal culture refuses to let this happen - then pain will haunt us in nightmarish ways. We will become pain's victims instead of the healers we might become.
Our self-expression is meant to be a manifestation of the silence of our hearts.
I'm really enjoying the process of learning to fly.
How it will fit into my life down the road - I'm looking forward to discovering that.
Healthy mysticism praises acts of letting go, of being emptied, of getting in touch with the space inside and expanding this until it merges with the space outside. Space meeting space; empty pouring into empty. Births happen from that encounter with emptiness, nothingness. . . . Let us not fight emptiness and nothingness, but allow it to penetrate us even as we penetrate it.
To create is always to learn, to begin over, to begin at zero.
I played football for a huge portion of my life, all the way through college actually.
I'm sorry, but I can't make a movie with the blonde from 'ER' who is starring in every single bad romantic comedy.