Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

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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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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.

Beauty for tired eyes


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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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beautiful, fresh, magical

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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.

Invitation:

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

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

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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.

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