Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

A Life Cherishing Force

…if you look closely, a red geranium on the windowsill!
This time of year, especially, (cold New England Winter) I love to find hidden treasures of color…little surprises everywhere. ..

Mary Oliver wrote that “Poetry is a life cherishing force.”  I walked with this thought this morning, and thought, cooking is also a life-cherishing force… and gardening… dancing, kissing, nursing a baby, walking around the block, even sweeping the kitchen floor.  It seems to me that all acts of creativity, caring, and celebration are life cherishing forces, when our hearts are aligned with gratefulness, with love….  what is, for you, a life cherishing force? Couldn’t you list at least a dozen that would apply to this moment – to today?

Breathing!
Singing!
Teaching!
Kindness!
Praying…
Eating…


A pick-me-up!

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Seeing this video of the band Red Baraat gave me such a lift the other day.  Oh the Joy of the Human Spirit!

 


A MEMORIAL POEM

This winter I was asked for something to read at the memorial of a teenage boy who had taken his own life.  I could hardly imagine the agony of his family and friends.  This is the poem that came through for me.  Weeks later, I received a thank you in the mail with a lovely box of tea.  I printed out the last verse of the poem for a sympathy card, and people have responded well.  This has given me confidence to offer it here.  I hope it is healing and helpful for anyone who needs it.

Memorial Poem

This is what grief looks like:
the tide has gone out,
farther than the eye can see,
pulling with it every ship,
the sun, and every single wave;
stealing hopes, plans, agreements,
and a thousand precious things;
leaving a shattered seabed of
lost shells, secret wishes, dying reeds
and impossible questions…

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And there is the feeling that
life will remain emptied, slack like this,
much longer than we can bear…
How could the ocean return
and moonlight shimmer upon it?
We pray one day to drag our courage
to the ravaged and restless shoreline,
face the horizon, looming,
and find ourselves
opening, reaching,
calling beyond our mourning.
We pray life responds, gently urging,
This one we love has moved on,
yet somehow we are not finished.

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Love grows the heart. So does sadness.

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Within each of us, a warm harbor
of memories, visions, sorrows and joys.
Where light breaks on distant waves,
gulls glide above the incoming sea,
and the soul of our loved one is whispering,
Fear not. Carry on. I am with you…
I am grateful. I am loved. And I’m free.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

p.s.  I seem to have to put a ~ in between verses so that the blog doesn’t squish them together…


Set Wide The Window, Let me drink the day…

“Set wide the window, Let me drink the day.”~ Edith Wharton

 

  I set out for a walk this morning and took these pictures of the dahlias at Tea Lane Farm on Middle road.  

Just wanted to share them here.  Beauty Medicine!

Sometimes, in the midst of sadness, it’s good to remind ourselves that there is still so much to love.

Wishing you Love & Light & Beauty…Harmony & Health, Peace & Joy…


magic is the word that comes to mind

The girls had not met before, but they instantly knew they were friends.  My sister’s grand daughter and my neice (both nearly 4 years old) were happy to take hands and head down the trail where I had promised to show them my magical place by the stream.

When we got there, they climbed on the big rock that resides beside the path.

They looked for fish from the bridge.

And then they said, “now we want to see the frogs.”

“Oh dear”, I said, “I’ve never seen a frog around here, but if you come to this bench I’ve placed by this tree, I will show you where I have hidden a tiny Buddha in its trunk.”

They climbed on the bench and we all looked behind it into the tree….and there…sitting on the Buddha… was a frog!

I couldn’t get a picture that was in focus… perhaps because I was so surprised…

My take-away?  To live more in a state of wonder….more ready for surprise.


Living in Love E-Celebration, now free

I don’t know where this image came from.  I love it.  It holds the beauty of the natural world, of relationship, playfulness, creativity, savoring…. We are in the home stretch of two artisan fairs a week here on Martha’s Vineyard.  At each fair, I fall in love several times.  I’ve met so many loving, open hearted people- people who are determined to participate in this world with as much hope and love and creativity, …dignity, gratitude, openness, friendliness, generosity, integrity, equality…. and I want to Give more, Do more, Be more, Pour more love into the world.

It has occured to me that one way I might do this is to make my Living in Love E-Celebration free.  I created it several years ago,  and tried to make it as beautiful, centering and uplifting as I possibly could.

If you are craving a little beauty by which to strengthen your sense of spirit as you begin the day, check it out.


The call for Love

Cute baby girl smelling giant orange rose. With back light

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

 

 

 

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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