Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

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

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One Response

  1. Lori says:

    I am so glad this is published and available! Your poem “A Boat” was the perfect opening for our retreat and a signature image that we kept referring back to (we even made little paper boats and then let them float away on the sea).

    The wonderful women at the retreat have been asking for more… now I can point them to your book.

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