Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

Posts Tagged ‘Beauty’

Snapshots of Summer

 It is such a blessing to live in a beautiful place- I am ever thankful, and happy to share these snapshots with you.

“To find one’s center- to become centered in the infinite,
is the first great essential of every satisfactory life.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson 



Living in Love E-Celebration

LIVING IN LOVE is an email feast of poetry, beauty and spirit which celebrates both ordinary life, and what the mystics call “Supreme Love:” the love that is the essence and energy of the world and of our being.   Every morning for 21 days, you will receive a luminous email of refreshment and inspiration brimming with beautiful images, poems, quotes, and gentle reflections to awaken your inner lover, to tap the deep, full reservoir of love inside you, and to unfold and blossom love in your life.  I hope you’ll join me! 

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Summer Splendors, Photos and Quotes


This post is inspired by a quotation I clipped from the top of the Vineyard Gazette newspaper, and which I have had pinned to my wall for many years as wonderful words to live by: 

To let no bird fly past unnoticed… to have the mind a storehouse of sunsets,
requires a discipline in pleasure and an education in gratitude.

~G.K. Chesterton

Here are a few summer photographs from life here on the Vineyard, mixed with quotations from my One Hundred Fortunes Collection.


We are not separate from Being.  We are in it.  ~Plotinus


The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.
D.H. Lawrence


We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. ~Goethe


The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
~Henry David Thoreau


In every human being, there is a special heaven
whole and unbroken.


At the center of your being you have the answer.
You know who you are
and you know what you want.
~Lao Tzu


The only wealth is life.
~Henry David Thoreau

First Lily


There is a lotus on our fishpond.  In the morning, it opens its petals to drink in the sun.  In the evening, it folds its petals in again, like hands in prayer.


This has helped me to consider the naturalness of my own rythms- how I open my petals sometimes, and how I fold them in when it is time to rest.

May Snapshots


Blue Serenity…


Beach Plum Flowers at Lambert’s Cove…






Solar and wind…

Walking along the shore at Lucy Vincent


sdc11010The beach in winter has its own beauty.  We walked here on three different days this week, each cold, haunting, and with its own colors and moods.sdc11025




Sabbath Poem


I rested into the morning, caressed,

deep pleasure, measureless being,

I rested until I heard

the song of the day call me out.

Come.  Take joy.  Awake.

Come and see my treasures. 

Only then did I rise to take

my pleasure into the world.


Autumn Gold

Last night before the sun set, I ran out with my camera, chasing beauty…


Sometimes, when I can not do a lovely thing just for myself, I am so grateful that I might offer it to you instead.