Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

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& the Sacred Essence of Joy

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Autumn and an Angel



This evening’s walk was a rich display of Autumn’s warm colors.





Sheep were grazing in the field, and looked up to see what I might offer.

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I have nothing to give the sheep,
but I do have a new Angel Journal that I have sewn with golden thread, and that I offer you this season.

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Included with the journal is a bookmark with the following poem:

   If I were an angel,
I’d softly speak to
your heart’s ear,
and hold you with
my warm and
hope-filled wings.
Though this life is
rare and precious,
do not live in fear~
count instead the
blessings which
every season brings.
A kingdom much like
heaven is spread across
the earth, and with
growing awareness
awakes the human race.
And Love does flow
right to you, within, among,
and through you,
lighting all you do and are
with its eternal Grace.

The illustration on the journal is a painting called Tatiana’s Awakening, by Charles Sims,1896.  There are approx. 60 golden parchment pages inside, and she is nestled in a gift box.


In the Studio This Week

I’ve been joyfully listening to the audio version of BIG MAGIC, Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Her writing style; her beautiful mind… such wonderful company in a creative studio, in the car… anywhere.  While I listen, I’ve been wrapping BLISS OF BEING inspiration decks,  and JOY bundles.  I feel so blessed to have this creative work.




Our daughter Rose has graduated college and moved to Seattle.  She is very very happy there~ teaching sewing, learning to cook, falling in love.  And I miss her.  This is the card I chose to send her this week, from my collection of New Joyful Living Cards.


One Hundred Blessings



Because so many beautiful people love my One Hundred Fortunes bundles, I’ve created One Hundred Blessings, with all new quotes inside.  It was a joy to assemble this collection.  I’m using softer colors for these, and the quotes lean toward love and blessings.  There are gift giver discounts for bulk purchases.


Then I had the delighted idea to take the hundred fortunes AND the hundred blessings and put all 200 into a larger gift box.  I’ve called them A BOX OF FORTUNES, and they come in several beautiful patterns.



I’ve also created a bunch of new Joyful Living cards.
 Click here to see them all.


Five Favorite Love Quotations… from the Love Box

I’m so excited to share these new Love Boxes with you- just in time for Valentine’s, but perfect love reminders for any time of year.  Each box contains 30 inspirational cards with a focus not merely on romantic love, but on the essence and essentialness of love- the presence and the practice of love- the beingness of it.

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For the Love Box Product page, visit here!



New Journals, and an inspiring quote

In love with color, I’ve sewn together limited editons of 8 different journals… Visit here to see them all.

This one is called Pensive, and is from a painting by my Great Grandfather, Arthur Spear.



“You can’t say to a person, “Your cynicism is destructive.
You have to show them the way of delight, the way of joy, the way of poetry –
and let the chips fall where they may.”
Robert Aitken Roshi

In the Studio: Honey Sutras

“Bees spend their lives making honey.
People make honey through their acts of peace and love.”
~ The Honey Sutras,
Soul wisdom from the birds and the bees

I spent the morning sewing together the Handmade version of Honey Sutras…….. I love the ceramic beads- they are magical and very satisfying.

“Possessing ultra-violet vision,
honeybees see through flowers
to detect their hidden nectar.
When we develop similar vision,
we see the nectar inside others.

Within everyone there is gold,
there is an interior world
to be explored,
and there is something
to cherish and to love.

for more information, visit the Honey Sutras page here.

And then, a walk around Tea Lane Farm- cold, raw and misty today.  Beautiful!


New Book! Befriending the Soul

When you do things from the soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.



I’m very happy to announce the arrival of Befriending the Soul.   It is my deepest joy to create books that contribute to the practice of Lectio Divina: spiritual reading ~ both for personal reflection and for retreat settings.  With Befriending the Soul, I’ve compiled 90 pages of inter-faith contemplative passages:  imaginative poetry, journal notes, windows and words that celebrate a life of oneness with the soul.  I offer them to warm and encourage your journey into the deep presence of your life, and I hope they instill a rich sense of love, blessedness, belonging, divine imagination, and joy.

Below, and on the product detail page, are just a few excerpts- but they just aren’t the same as holding the book in your hands.  All unattributed passages are written by me.  I’m so excited to send you this book!  There is a discount for multiple copies- this is a lovely gift for students and friends.

Oh, and the beautiful art on the cover is a bluebird etching by Beldan K Radcliffe- a friend and fellow Night Heron Gallery partner.  To see more of her art, you may visit her website here.

Joy is the realization of the truth of our oneness –
the oneness of our soul with the world soul,
and of the world soul with supreme Love.

~Rabindranath Tagore

  When I allow myself to live from the soul, it feels as if I am returning home to the most natural way of being- a relaxed state of love, spaciousness, and infinite belonging~of oneness with all.  By oneness I mean that I keep receiving the sense that we are all part of one great family, and yet something so much more: we are part of one great everything, like cells in an infinite body, waves in an eternal sea.  In these moments of soul realization, nothing else matters. The longer I remain within them, the greater they become, sometimes stretching for hours or even days.  The lonely mental discourse of plotting, pushing and judging ceases, and I feel the inkling of a warm and trusting energy subtly radiating and expanding beyond all bounds~ the bounds of the body, the bounds of thought… the bounds of how I’ve imagined myself and the universe to be.

~Journal notes


This soul, or life within us,
by no means agrees with the life outside us.
If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks,
she is always saying the very opposite
of what other people say.
~Virginia Woolf


The more we invoke, converse with, bless ~
become intimate with the soul, the more our soul becomes a close friend ~
not simply a far-away, lost, or chance encounter.
This requires a life full of spaciousness ~
with uncluttered times and places.
Within this spaciousness, we develop personal
daily practices of communication and caring,
remembrance, awareness, intimacy, and friendship
with the indefinable, animating part of us which
is engaged with ~ and one with ~ the deep, wide, infinite,
divine mystery that is life, our life, all of life.


Above all, practice
being loyal to your soul.
~John Roger


… Your soul knows you best…loves you….forgives you….judges not…. Waits patiently…. Cheers you on…. Sees where you are going…. Knows where you have been… knows your gifts and talents, even before you do… loves you to feel joy… thrives on your deepest joy… radiates divine presence right through the essence of your being…. Soul holds your laughter and your weeping, your beauty and belonging, and waits for you to awaken to
the truth of who you are.


The best soul-mate you will ever find is to be
in friendship with your own soul.


Trust the secrets soul whispers in your ear.

It’s not the earthquake
that controls the advent
of a different life
but storms of generosity
and visions of incandescent souls.

~Boris Pasternak


Put your ear down close to your soul
and listen hard.

~Anne Sexton

We are all wanderers on this earth~
our hearts are full of wonder
and our souls are deep with dreams.
~Gypsy proverb