Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

"Such blessings we receive, such gifts of grace. If we have wandered from the path of gladness, point us back to life!" ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Simple Graces for Every Meal

The lake of bliss

by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff
Postcards from the Landscape of Joy

"Within you are gardens,
rare flowers,
peacocks, the inner music;
Within you a lake of bliss,
on it the white soul-swans
take their joy."

Within the Landscape of Joy there is a Lake of Bliss. Drinking from this lake is so refreshing. Stepping into the Lake of Bliss, its waters are warm and silky to your skin. Surrendering your body to its loving embrace, you float like a single drop merging. You feel your small self disappear as you become one with all there is. All around the lake, wind whispers in the trees and birds sing to each other.

You carry the memory of this lake back into the world. Greeting others, you smile. You are coming from the Landscape of Joy. They feel so much love from you. By your compassionate awareness, they catch a glimmer of the Lake.


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Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a universalist poet, mystic, celebrant of beauty and encourager of spirit who lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Her work appears in numerous anthologies, and she has lovingly created dozens of books and gifts that help deepen intimacy with the sacred. Her blog, her inspirational offerings, and her popular Joy Postcards Newsletter all are found at