Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy





"What astonishes me, always, is to turn from my forgetting and recall there are whole villages inside you, love, where I have yet to travel." ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, One Thousand Evenings More

Portions of joy

collected by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

Half of any person is wrong and weak
and off the beaten path. Half!
The other half is dancing and swimming
and flying in the invisible joy. ~Rumi


Let us live blissfully.
Let us live on spiritual bliss,
radiating spiritual light. ~Dhammapada

I have spoken these things to you,
that my joy may remain in you,
and that your joy maybe made full.
~John 15:11

Honeyeaters know that to have a joyful heart
one must live life like the bees,
sipping the sweet nectar from each moment
as it blooms.
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
The Honey Sutras

"I wish you Joy, above all else.
Joy found in love,
silence, play, and laughter.
Joy found through knowing
who you really are."
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

"The Self is the honey of all beings,
and all beings are the honey of the Self."
~Upanishads

"I am large. I contain multitudes." ~Walt Whitman

"Spirit means joy!
Awakening is joyful.
Life is a miracle
to be celebrated and loved."
~Lama Surya Das

"The path of Joy is the path of open-heartedness ~
the path of a heart filled with love. So smile.
Make somebody happy. Make yourself happy.
Learn to love. Be love. you'll love it."
~Lama Surya Das,
Awakening to the Sacred

"The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms,
it takes everyone that turns to it."
~Dante

"Our hearts are drunk with a beauty
our eyes could never see."
~George W. Russell

Divine Wisdom,
Eternal Love,
Infinite Wisdom,
Radiant Joy,
We humbly ask your blessings
On this and every day.
~Ingrid Goff Maidoff,
Eternal Song, Blessings for the Path of Love

"You will know Joy when you love your Self.
What is this Self?
It is the ocean you are melted in."
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, The Honey Sutras

portions of joy, a sunny boatMay your life be like a wildflower
growing freely in the beauty and joy
of each day. ~Indian Proverb

We shall find peace.
We shall hear the angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
~Anton Chekhov

Deep in their roots
all flowers keep the light.
~Theodore Roethke

We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world. ~Mother Teresa

With our thoughts we make the world.
~Buddha

In all things, give thanks.
~Apostle Paul

Within you are gardens, rare flowers, peacocks,
the inner music; Within you a lake of bliss,
on it the white soul-swans take their joy.
~Mirabai

The Landscape of Joy is real.
It is the Eden we all come from.
It is in everyone, and it is all around us.
There are no exceptions,
although some of us have forgotten
and need to be reminded.
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff
Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

The world sparks and hums with radiance.
Even when we fail to notice,
all still shimmers and shines.
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

From Joy I came,
for joy I live,
and in sacred Joy
I shall melt again.
~Yogananda

"Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would
be asked two questions, and their answers would
determine whether they could continue on their journey
in the afterlife. The first question was, "Did you
bring joy?" The second question was, "Did you find
joy?" ~Leo Buscaglia

Love all beings:
every flower, every cloud,
every pebble in the road.
Love each other and the world,
and one day the light in your hearts
will join the Divine Radiance of things,
and each will be
without beginning, without end.
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
Eternal Song, Blessings for the Path of Love

"Do not look for rest in any pleasure,
because you were not created for pleasure:
you were created for Joy.
And if you do not know the difference
between pleasure and Joy,
you have not yet begun to live."
~Thomas Merton

If the day and night are such
that you greet them with joy,
and life emits a fragrance like
flowers and sweet-scented herbs,
that is your success.
~Henry David Thoreau

Within everyone there is gold,
there is an interior world to be explored,
there is something to cherish and to love.
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
The Honey Sutras

Beauty is Life when Life reveals its Holy face.
~Kahlil Gibran

…with an eye made quiet by the power of harmony
and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
~William Wordsworth

Earth's crammed with heaven.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What if we were all
connected by a loving thread?
What if heaven
was not separate from earth?
What then,
my friend,
what then?
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

The progress of our soul is like the perfect poem.
It has an infinite idea which once realized
makes all movements full of meaning and joy.
~Rabindranath Tagore

"We must bring about a revolution in our way of living
our every day lives, because our happiness, our lives,
are within ourselves." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"You are seeking joy and peace in far off places,
but the spring of joy is in your heart.
The haven of peace is in yourself." ~Sai Baba

"Joy is not an emotion- temporary or limited.
Joy is a spiritual quality - infinite and eternal-
flowing through your entire being."
~ Scott and Shannon Peck

Life becomes as we are,
often reflecting our own nature,
fulfilling our expectations:
the bitter and the sweet…
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
The Honey Sutras

The world of those who are happy
is different from the world of those who are not.
~Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,
and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
~Agnes Repplier

Happiness is not a matter of events;
it depends upon the tides of the mind.
~Alice Meynell

Every moment of your life
is an invitation for adventure,
and the greatest adventure of all
is in discovering who you are.
Who are you, Beloved one,
who are you?
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

"The place God calls you to is the place where
your deepest gladness and the world's deep hunger
meet." ~Fred Buechner

"If you're focusing on what's good, what's right,
what's pleasant and what's worth appreciating around and within you, then you're doing a great deal to promote health, happiness, joy and loving."
~John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

There is honey inside you,
the honey of the Divine.
It is in everybody and everything.
One taste of this sweetness
changes your life forever.
~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
The Honey Sutras

Dwell in possibility. ~Emily Dickinson

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living
is joy enough. ~Emily Dickinson

With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha

What's your bliss? ~Joseph Campbell

"We have every reason to look forward into the future with hope and excitement. Fear nothing and no one. Work honestly. Be good, be happy. And remember that each of you is unique, your soul your own,
irreplaceable, and individual
in the miracle of your mortal frame."
~Pearl S. Buck

Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love…
A joyful heart is the inevitable result
of a heart burning with love.
~Mother Teresa

Those who wish to sing
always find a song.
~Swedish Proverb

We are like waves on the ocean of belonging.
We may think that we are separate,
but it is really all that we are.
~Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

I finally figured out that the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
~Rita Mae Brown

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Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a universalist poet, mystic, celebrant of beauty and encourager of spirit who lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Her work appears in numerous anthologies, and she has lovingly created dozens of books and gifts that help deepen intimacy with the sacred. Her blog, her inspirational offerings, and her popular Joy Postcards Newsletter all are found at http://www.ingridgoffmaidoff.com