Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

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& the Sacred Essence of Joy

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New Cards from my Joyful Living cards 2017 collection

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.

New Book: The Way of Love

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Cozy up with this book for stillness and reflection, and you will quickly feel restored to the love that fuels your heart.  Each of the quotes is a gentle yet passionate reminder of the power of love to infuse and guide us toward a world that we dream is possible – a world which captures our hearts, hopes and imaginations – to which we willingly dedicate the breath, energy, and creativity of our days.  

sewn with gold thread, 40 pages of love…14.00, or 4 for $50

The book  is available here.

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From the studio: A message in a bottle…

If you found a bottle with a message in it, what would you want it to say?

 

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These sweet little bottles double as ornaments.  You can find them here.

 

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Two miniature books- breaths of fresh air

Lately I’ve found myself craving a few words of wisdom and sensibility, humility, love, compassion, thoughtfulness… and as a sort of prayer, I’ve created two sweet miniature books.

I first discovered William Ellery Channing’s thoughtful reflection, “Symphony”, while visiting the Unititarian Universalist Church on Martha’s Vineyard.  These felt like good words to live by all those years ago, and they still do.  I’ve sewn them into a miniature book, available here.  The book measures  1 1/2 by 2 inches.

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A wee bit lighter in tone, I’ve also created a miniature book of happiness- a little boost of joy to give and receive.  You can find it here.  This miniature treasure is 1 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches small.

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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.