Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Love is a treasure, yet nothing to possess. Love is a way, a way of being in the world. ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Eternal Song

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Wisdom tells me I am nothing.
Love tells me I am everything.
Between the two my life flows.

~Nisargadatta Maharaj

They Are Here! A box has arrived of my books, Friendship, Happiness, and Love from Andrews McMeel Publishing. They are so beautiful! More lovely than I had dared to hope. It's hard to describe my feelings of humility, joy, and gratitude when I turn these books over in my hands. It feels like a sheer miracle. I have my agent, Julia Lord, and editor Patty Rice to thank- as well as a whole team of people at Andrews McMeel... and the Divine Energies of the Universe that moved to make this happen.

my books!

The books are at fine stores everywhere, and on this site as well. Please help me market them! Please go to your local book and gift shops and ask for them. I can't believe they could have made them so beautiful and set the price for only 5.99. They are each hard cover mini books, 64 pages, with more quotations than my original versions. I'm in awe.

Finally, to be in the good company of Friendship, Happiness, Love, Courage, and the Abundance of Grace, Ive produced a book of Joy Quotes.

butterfly bush

With a grateful heart, I notice how blue the sky is today. The purple flowers on the butterfly bush are teaming with orange monarchs ~ sipping nectar, opening and closing their wings. The oaks are aging, but still predominantly green. A slight breeze rustles their leaves against the blue sky. With a grateful heart, I sit at my desk and enjoy some butter on bread – chewy and delicious bread.

The â€I†who notices and names feels grateful and content. The â€I†who is Divine Consciousness knows oneness with those very energies: gratitude, contentment, well-being, and love. The day is lavish with colors, sounds, tastes, and my heart sings.

Infinite plenty moves through me like a river spring. My creativity flows out with abundant joy. I am so thankful for my divine life, work, and loves. My family fills my heart with tenderness. I feel blessed in all things.

nectar seeker

I've added a reflection called Seeking Nectar to Articles.
I hope you enjoy it.


I am so happy to be easing
into Autumn. Ease, contentment,
grace - that's what this season
is all about. We all give a collective
sigh when the activity on island
slows a bit.

The state of love is the state of grace.

~N. Sri Ram


When we feel contended, we are living in grace. When we feel blessed, it is grace that blesses us. And when we despair, it is grace that gently holds us. Grace reaches through our loneliness to let us know that we are not alone. Like a shaft of light in the forest, grace may appear as an unmerited gift. We donâ€t have to feel worthy of it. Without judgment or prejudice, grace is there for us all like air. Infinite, eternal, and holy, grace is a divine current which runs through all things.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff,
from the introduction to The Abundance of Grace

I've been selling this sweet little book, The Abundance of Grace, all summer long. I didn't have time to post it on the website until now. I created it to inspire the reader's life with a tender infusion of hope, love, trust, and a splendid awareness of the presence of grace. Below are a few sample excerpts.

â€I want�to borrow from the language of the saints�to live â€in grace†as much of the time as possible. By â€grace†I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony.â€
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Grace comes into the soul,
As the morning sun into the world;
First a dawning, then a light;
And at last the sun
In its full excellent brightness.
~Thomas Adams

Grace is given not because we have done good works,
But in order that we may be able to do them.
~Saint Augustine

For the Abundance of Grace product page, click here.



I went for a walk yesterday, and bought flowers from North Tabor Farm. On the way home, a bee flew beside me for a while, and then nestled into my bouquet. It was a delightful sort of sharing- and the realization that the bee could fly so much faster than I myself can walk- this was something I'd rarely thought about or marvelled at before...

flower stand

Here I am at the Labor Day Artisan's Fair...

at the shows

cows at dusk

Cows at dusk last Sunday night...


My friend Beth sent me this prayer today. What a wonderful gift.

St. Theresa's Prayer:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.


I'm sorry I haven't written in so long. The Artisan's Fairs here have kept me very busy. I've been meeting wonderful people. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and your stories. Thank you for sharing how my work has brought you enjoyment- to your weddings, gatherings, daily lives. I am so busy making things...I feel like a cat who is chasing her tail these days...

Soon the children will be back in school, and the shows will be only once a week. I will become a writer again, wearing my "manufacturing" hat a little less. I can hardly wait!

I send you all my love, xo, ingrid

Be the Love you want to see

...Be The Love You Want To See...

JUNE 22nd. Happy Summer.
I want to share this uplifting link with you: PAUL POTTS on YouTube
I promise this will make your heart sing and lift the hair on the back of your neck. Paul Potts is a very humble contestant on "Britian's Got Talent," a show much like American Idol (Simon is even one of the judges.) But Paul wins everyone's heart with his humility and blows them all away when he opens his mouth and the most beautiful opera flows through him. The other night my family and a friend watched every next link offered, and were completely enthralled to follow his journey through the program. You'll love it.

peaceful wisdom

Today, June 15th, is my daughter Rose's 15th birthday. Everyday now I find myself looking twice- she is growing into a confident and beautiful young woman. And I find myself learning from her daily as well. I quoted her in the new book, Courage, because I was so impressed by her reaction to some of the choices of her peers. "I won't let these few small ripples disturb my inner lake," she said. Her peaceful wisdom silences me when I find myself churning over things, or holding a grudge- unable to release myself from its grip through the un-simple act of forgiveness. She is handling adolescence with much more grace than I am. I am grateful and in awe.
Happy birthday to you all. Happy Day, and may you be lucky enough to enjoy the divine wisdom and big heart of a young person in your life today.
In Joy,

Do You Have A Happy Dance?
When I wrote to Chantal in the U.K. to tell her she'd won one of my Joy Boxes, she emailed back that she was doing a happy dance. How splendid is that? I thought, a happy dance, I need to get one of those. And that made me think of Matt Harding who many of you know I am a big fan of. He has danced "badly," he says, all over the world, and made amazingly uplifting videos. I visited his site for fun and found he has now posted outtakes which are just as delightful as the original films. GO TO THIS LINK for a treat.

the infinite sky!
I've been thinking a lot about Joy lately...ok, no surprise there.
But here is my latest revelation: The fantastic thing about recognizing Joy as Divine Energy is that you find it everywhere.
At the height of creativity, Divine Energy flows through us. We touch Divine Energy when we go for a walk outside, meditate, or do yoga. We touch Divine Energy when carressing the cheek of our child, kissing a loved one, breathing...

I created 101 pith Joy cards with this theme in mind. Here are a few of the thoughts they contain:

~If you want a joyful life, put joy at the center.
~Joy is growth.
~Joy is a natural state.
~Joy is the brilliant universe delighting in itself.
~Let Joy be the road you're on.
~Look up! Look up! Oh the infinite sky!
~Where did you come from, if not the essence of joy?
~Keep your own list of luminous things. Add to it everyday.
~Dare yourself to be dazzled daily.
~As close as the next breath. That's where Joy is.
~Let joy sing through you...
~Passionate peace: that's how you will know joy.
~Joy is the loving presence in which the joyful live.
~Divine Energy pulses through us all, and this is another name for joy.
~Be open to receive all the goodness in the world.
~Joy is the unlimited essence of being.
~What is joy? An infinite love that knows no bounds.
~What is joy? The oneness of waves on every sea...
~All things grow up from an atmosphere of joy.
~What is joy? Your life, my love, yur life.
~There are thousands of ways to love this world.
~Touch your heart, breathe in joy.
~With joy in your heart, you can buy the world for free...

and many more...

Meditating on these inspirations surprises and delights me every time I select a new one from the bunch. Which is kind of funny, since I'm the one who wrote them...
joy box

I'd like to send a gift of one of these boxes to the first three people who actually visit this page, read down this far, and contact me! Send a hello and your mailing address. Good luck!

Here's a link to a new article called THE DOOR OF THE HEART.

I have been so busy in the studio
creating new things.
Five New Books have been birthed,
and are now uploaded on the site!
five new books

Calling Forth the Riches - poems
Conversing with the Holy - poems
Joy, Light, Beautiful Wisdom- inspiring quotations and passages
Naming the Divine - a Flip Book of Beautiful Language
and Courage, quotations of comfort for trying times.
all links are on the WHAT's NEW page.

My husband Jonah and I will be among several poets reading at the Outerland Jazz and Poetry evening Thursday, May 17th at 9:00 Do come!

Next week I'll be unveiling some beautiful new gifts...

Here are some joyful pictures to fill your heart
with peace and gladness....
Love and peace

Where did you come from, if not the essence of Joy?

Spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning? You might appreciate this little article about a Housekeeping Epiphany I once had.

let joy be the road you're on... Let Joy be the road you're on...

Here is a LINK to some of the books my poems have found their way into. Editor June Cotner uses my work quite often in her gift book anthologies.This is special....but more special are the volumes for purchase here, all hand-sewn by the poet herself. How quaint! How soulful! How marvelous! They will be collectors items one day...
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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