Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

To my girls, on Mother’s Day

Lucy1-12-2008019  Dear Rose and Bella,  today is my first empty nest Mother’s Day, and your Dad and I are making dinner for our mothers.  We will give them each a plant, and hope to convey our love, again, and only a little self-consciously because it feels like we are conforming to a social dictate, yet all the while sincere…

But my favorite part of Mother’s Day is how deeply grateful and fulfilled I feel when I think of each of you.  I have LOVED being your mother… more than words can say. When I think of you, I feel a flutter of warmth within me- as if I am in love, and, you know, I am.  Your very existence gives me joy.   Sometimes I’d like to shrink you back down into those darling little bodies still living under our roof…. but then I don’t want to miss any of the all of you right now, just as you are: lovely and loving young women who are coming into their own.

We always told each other to savor the days, and I only wish I’d savored them even more.  I suppose, with this letter, I am.   How time has flown!  How gifted I feel.  My heart if full, today and every day, & I love you.  xx, mom


More Joy in the Joy Box

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I was inspired this week to create a mini folding altar to tuck within the Joy Box.  With beautiful pictures, and favorite passages for centering the heart in Joy, it’s a sweet and lovely addition to the inspiration you’ll find inside.

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New And Beautiful

It’s been a busy time in the studio!  Here’s a sampling of what’s hot off the press, from my heart to yours.

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~Joy, Light, Beautiful Wisdom ~
Selected passages to fill your heart with Joy.

 

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JOY BOXES with 108 fortune sized inspirations


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Mermaids and Muses Card set

 

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Soul Cards, 20 inspirational post cards

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Lotus Pendant in Gift Box

If you like what you see, here’s the link to the shopping page for what’s New and Beautiful.


We are Love

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Living in the Radiance

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(I have always sensed, and I believe Jonah does as well, that we are two souls who are enjoying the experience of having this life together… this poem speaks to that intuition…)

Lovers in the Kitchen

 

We are living in the radiance, you and I.
We maneuver around each other’s bodies,
making soup in our little kitchen,
passing the cooking ware, the spices.
Our living is a dance.
Light spills off our elbows, our fingertips.
It hovers around our temples.
We know the spaciousness we’ve come from,
to which we will return.
Like waves
on the surface of the ocean,
we rise up, joyful, subside.
We never speak of this
yet we know well what we are.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Winter 2016

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An Ornament Raffle

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There’s magic afoot!  Anyone who places an order between now and December 19th will be entered in a drawing to win a pretty box containing 3 small and 3 large ornaments… and perhaps a few other surprises. (you know me… I can’t stop!) Ornaments are also available to order here.
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THERE’S A GIFT BAG SPECIAL GOING ON… 2 for $50……!!!

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Happy Thankfulness

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We awoke early this morning, Jonah and I, and decided to take in the sunrise at Lucy Vincent.  It was cold, but there was no wind, and so the air felt delicious and we were very relaxed, thankful for the unfurling beauty of another day.  I’ve been thinking about thankfulness lately, and how it is a pleasant fullness; a warm contentedness; a quiet joy.  It is the heart that beats with gratitude for its participation in the vastness and the vibrancy of this world.  Thankfulness is a state of being we sometimes forget- even around such a holiday as Thanksgiving- with the busy preparations of family, friends & feasting.  Sometimes we distract ourselves away from the sacred essence – the hidden gifts of the day.  And so I don’t simply wish you a happy Thanksgiving, but Happy Thankfulness, the warm and quiet richness of a grateful and happy heart. 

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Several years ago I created a pdf print out of Thanksgiving gratitude sheets, with a few good quotes & graces, and I’ve uploaded the link to the Joy Tender’s Treasurehouse.  If you are looking for a few props for your holiday feast, you might enjoy them.  Subscribers to my Joy Postcards have permanent access to the Treasure-house simply by putting their email in the sign up box.  Scroll down to the bottom of the treasure-house page for the Thanksgiving Link.


New magical little book!

I was minding my own business this week when an enchanting little book of soul questions asked to be created.  Oh it’s such a treasure!  I put it in my pocket and carried it out on my walks and had to keep stopping to read it again and again. At 1 1/4 inches by 2, it’s a delight for those of us who know good things come in small packages.  It brims with beautiful questions that lead us back to the soul.

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There are 32 tiny pages, with 40 questions in all.

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These are delightful writing prompts… invitations for inquiry… conversation starters…

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Each page offers a powerful invitation and transmission…

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I’ve sewn the book with gold thread and left a loop so it could be hung as an ornament,
or even worn on a chain as a conversation starting pendant.

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CLICK HERE for the product Page for A Little Book of Soul Questions.

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