Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

That Wanted Belonging

We must hold on to our visions of a loving, peaceful world.  We are ever called on to resist corruption, yes! To help the frightened and the suffering, oh yes!!!  And also, from right where we are,  find all the ways to keep channeling gratitude, kindness, goodness- all the things that will help sustain that loving and peaceful world.

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The call for Love

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I’ve been pondering the difference between the energies of love and those of anger for creating change.  What I’ve realized, for myself, is fairly simple.  While anger may feel like a great motivator for change, it tends to draw on fear and drain me.  It works through my nervous system like a toxic chemical, leeching my strength.  Love both motivates and energizes- it feeds and sustains the drive to create change.  For me this is the difference between a protest and a rally.  When I hear the rallying cry for Love, I know that it doesn’t mean to ignore situations, or to pour honey all over them.  It means to draw needed strength from a healthy and sustainable source.  The Call to Love is the call to draw strength from Love, (especially when feeling anger) to draw strength from a faith in goodness, affection for life, and a vision for a healthy & peaceful world.

Questions to be with:

In what ways do you draw strength from love?

What vision for the world gives you energy & strength?

 


Pouring love into everything

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Jonah and I took the boat to Falmouth last Saturday to participate in the rally on the green.  It was a love fest.  Just what we needed- hundreds of people coming together to share love and concern for the planet and each other.  When I see the images of rallies all over the world, and then imagine all the smaller, undocumented gatherings, my heart swells with warmth.  I think my favorite sign was the one that said, “so bad: even the introverts are here.”  

Yesterday I wrote a letter to the president.  I was very cordial.

At night I have trouble sleeping.  But during the day I am doing all I can to pour love into everything.  On Tuesday, when Jonah came home from work I showed him the pile of wrapped Peace & Love Stones I had created.  He chuckled.  We both know I can be compulsive in manufacturing when I am nervous.  

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I’ve been adding Rose quartz hearts to a number of my gifts- sweet little ones to The Joy Box… The namaste Love & Oneness Blessing Bundle…  They just seem to add that certain something….

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Here are two pages from the book The Way of Love.  I hope they are as helpful to you as they are to me.

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Peace & Love Heart Stone

 

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I’ve been thinking about Love a lot lately- as that energy I want to be sourced in, that I want to feel more than anything, and that I want to act and react from.  I’ve been considering that love isn’t always roses and peaceful feelings- though Love is most likely the best way toward peace.

It seems to me that Love is that peace-promoting, life-sustaining, energy-enhancing, harmonious, healing, dynamic, creative, wise, infinite and affectionate Presence that is pulsing within us and the whole world…. if one were to attempt to name it…. Love isn’t passive… Love is, well, Love.

I hope to, with practice, become more skilled at choosing Love over worry or fear, and acting from Love.

Did you know it’s been said that rubbing a worry stone between your thumb and fingers triggers pressure points that release mood enhancing endorphins and help reduce stress?  Well then, I thought, why not carry a heart stone, with the intention to source oneself in Love?

One of my favorite things to do is to create and wrap magical gifts: gifts that come from the realm of inspiration, oneness, Love… It brings me so much joy to wrap them and imagine the delight they will bring to their recipients.

This week in the studio I created a sweet new gift offering– a peace and love rose quartz heart stone wrapped in a parchment of gentle suggestions.  It is my hope that in times of trouble, stress, conflict, or even despair… these might contribute a little toward Love, happiness & healing.

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This Peace and Love Heart Stone is available here.


Bread & Roses

 

 


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Yesterday my memory flooded with the voice of Judy Collins singing the song “Bread and Roses.” When I was a young woman, I listened to her clear voice over and over again.  The poem for this song was written by James Oppenheim, inspired by a 1912 Speech by women’s labor leader Rose Schneiderman, and later put to music by Mimi Farina.  

“What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist- the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art.  You have nothing that the humblest worker has not the right to have also.  The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too.  Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.” ~Rose Schneiderman, 1912

Here is Judy Collins Singing

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Bread & Roses Lyrics

As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing, bread and roses, bread and roses.

As we come marching, marching, we battle too, for men,
For they are in the struggle and together we shall win.
Our days shall not be sweated from birth until life closes,
Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread, but give us roses.

As we come marching, marching, un-numbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient call for bread,
Small art and love and beauty their trudging spirits knew
Yes, it is bread we. fight for, but we fight for roses, too.

As we go marching, marching, we’re standing proud and tall.
The rising of the women means the rising of us all.
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories, bread and roses, bread and roses.

~I created these blessings in hopes to support the heart’s need for beauty, love, tenderness, courage, resilience & care.  xxx

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Wishing you Love & Joy & Strong, Beautiful, Resilient & Devoted Hearts,  Ingrid


Hope

I had a request for this card this morning, which made me think that, yes, this is a good poem for these times.

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from the book of poems, WHAT HOLDS US

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Pure Poetry… Gratitude

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I love everything about this… his introduction is so beautiful… beauty & seduction, oneness…God…gratefulness… it’s all in here…


Reverie & Revelation

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when asked, where do your poems come from…

REVERIE & REVELATION

Every poem arises
from a deep unraveling love
for the un-say-able which is living
which is This.

Words filter in through reverie,
an open-ended waiting,
to wander in suspension
the day’s unbroken trail.

It’s fishing with the angels;
the sift for revelation;
an offering, prayer, or opening;
to step beyond the whirl.

Not idleness but courting;
not silence but deep listening;
both lovemaking and stillness;
to take the Presence in.

Delirium; vision; fancy;
blooming; belonging; trust;
to linger in the twilight;
the willingness not to know.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, from the book, What Holds Us

Tell me, friend, where do your poems come from?