Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

beautiful, fresh, magical


Saraswati, Goddess of poetry, the River of Eloquence, generosity of spirit…roses, honeysuckle, strawberries in a bowl…

A few friends have been gathering with me on Thursday mornings to write; to share reflections on what it feels like to be a channel- to open up for something that wants to come through.

This morning, Kimberly talked about a retreat she recently led- how people came, dropped their bags of daily tasks, and dove gently into the sacred.  She reflected, smiling a big smile- sparks of joy in her eyes, “Everyone has such a beautiful, fresh, magical spirit inside.”

Yes. Indeed. Yes. Yes. Yes.


Who are you when you put down your bag of daily tasks?  Have you felt your own beautiful, fresh, magical spirit lately?



“real poetry is to live a beautiful life”~ Basho


I met two beautiful souls at the artisan’s fair this weekend who told me that they would like to write poems but they have no time- they are simply too busy and working too hard.  I confessed to sometimes using this excuse myself.

Here is an invitation:

Basho, the 17th century Japanese poet, said, “Real poetry is to live a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”

If we are not writing poems, are we living, at least, a beautiful life?  Or is the mind too occupied with struggle and striving?  What are we struggling and striving toward? Is it a day when we might finally relax, breathe, look around at what is beautiful, and write a few words of gratitude and praise?  Let’s do that now.

In the morning, tell yourself, “I am living a life which is now abundant with moments in which I may relax, breathe, see the beautiful, give thanks and praise- every day.  It is so.  This is my life.”

At first, small moments will reveal themselves – like little flashes of light, or a bird’s song rising suddenly nearby.  Then you will begin to sense that these moments may widen into longer pockets of time.  Eventually there will be days of beauty, gratitude, praise…maybe even a poem or two will come.  Nothing much has changed, except you have tuned your attention.  You are noticing a little more, receiving life into your life.

Joseph Campbell taught, “Eternity is a dimension of the here and now.” You begin to notice that  Eternity has been revealing itself all along.  Now you are remembering that you are in it- breathing it, admiring, enjoying.  Life itself is the poem.


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


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.


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



JOY BOXES with 108 fortune sized inspirations


Mermaids and Muses Card set



Soul Cards, 20 inspirational post cards


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


Living in the Radiance



(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



An Ornament Raffle


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.