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Gratitude Grows the Heart

SIX (or more) REASONS SAYING GRACE AT MEALTIME GROWS YOUR HEART

 1. In spite of all that feels not-right-with-the-planet, we are blessed.  We have much to be thankful for.  Expressing our thanks tunes us in to ~ and contributes to ~ the energy of love in the world.  This feels good!

2. Expressing thanks brings us into the present moment.  We are not rehashing the past, or fretting about the future, we are simply resting into the here and now, and noticing the blessings all around us.

“Life that gives us Life, we thank you!”
~ from simple graces for every meal

3. In gratitude, we are expressing our appreciation and our awareness of life’s goodness, of love, oneness, and other feelings of blessedness and belonging.  The more we practice gratitude, the more it opens our lives in beautiful and expansive ways.

4. Saying grace at mealtimes helps us to cultivate a gratitude habit or practice, and reminds us that we have the power to invoke a moment of stillness and reflection, invitation and re-attunement into our lives at any time.  It doesn’t matter where we are, or what we are doing: pausing to express our gratitude at any time of the day produces a window of grace, a grace-note, and a new light.

        Here is a lovely passage by G.K. Chesterton,

“You say grace before meals. All right.
But I say grace before the concert and the opera,
and grace before the play and the pantomime,
and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching,
painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing,
and grace before I dip the pen into the ink.”

 5. Gratitude nourishes us.  Giving thanks, even in the midst of difficult times, can restore hope and the possibility of healing.  Every life has its stresses. Yes: Every life.  Stresses don’t diminish the daily blessings, though they may inhibit our awareness of them.  Expressing gratitude draws life to us, lifts the spirit and strengthens the heart, giving us greater courage and resilience.  Gratitude re-affirms a trust in life- to acknowledge that we can not accomplish everything alone- that we humbly rely on (and are thankful to) a power much greater than we are.

 6.  Expressing gratitude draws fresh energy into our body, re-attuning us to Life’s goodness.  Gratitude refreshes our spirit, awakens our awareness and softens our complaints.  Gratitude warms our hearts and opens our minds to greater possibilities.  Gratitude humbles, lifts, and fills us. 

 With gratitude we bless our meals, heightening our appreciation for the gifts before us.  The lovely thing about gratitude is that we can practice it at any time, and when we remember to do so, life itself is all the more delicious.

 

 ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

Check out the new SIMPLE GRACES FOR EVERY MEAL on kindle! with ten new graces added to make it special. 

 

Fidelity to Love

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This turning toward
what you love
saves you.
~Rumi

 

The above passage from Rumi, and the one below from Hafiz, have brought me a great feeling of belonging and joy today.  Whatever problem or challenge we each face, these poets prescribe Love.

 

 Your fidelity to love, that is all you need.
No day will then match your strength.
What was once a fear or problem, will see
you coming, and step aside… or run.

~A year with Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky

In Love with Rumi

“Come out of the circle of time,
and into the circle of love.”
~Rumi 

I remember when I first learned of the Sufi poet Rumi – a light came on in my life back then. It was over twenty years ago, and we were living in Los Angeles.  I used to walk to the Bodhi Tree Bookstore from our apartment- it was the most exciting place in the world to me.  I purchased books there, and a cassette of Rumi poems read by Coleman Barks and Robert Bly.  They made my heart swoon.  His poems seemed to grant a kind of permission to love- to love life and the world- to love the eternal energies at play in the universe.  They were a triumphant declaration that it was ok to feel this much love.   My husband, Jonah, liked them too. Whenever we had a potluck music jam, we’d end it by playing the cassette for our friends.  The way Coleman Barks translates and reads Rumi’s words- he captures so much Love- Big Love, Eternal Love, Infinite Love.  Here are a few short videos… enjoy!

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WHAT WAS SAID TO THE ROSE…

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LIVING IN LOVE, With Love

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! 

For more details, go HERE.

The healing power of the ocean, song “The Infinite”

Lucy Vincent

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The Infinite

I wrote this song many years ago shortly after having a miscarriage.  The day of the loss, Jonah and I drove out to Lucy Vincent and sat on a rock, watching and listening to the waves come in.  While the ocean couldn’t explain for us why, or what for, we did find its presence comforting.

The Infinite

The Infinite is my Beloved,
this ocean is my reminder.
And I’ve walked this shore restless,
near a thousand times,
my head full of measurements, my soul divided.

The green waves that rush in and back again,
wind in the dune grass, million grains of sand,
crickets at dusk, stars in the night sky,
all call me back to my love.

They sing, “You are not the sum of your suffering,
you are not all that you have done.
you are not even the thoughts that you think.
You and we are one.”

When I bring my sadness to the sea,
and I look to the horizon.
From where I stand to eternity,
everything’s so beautiful.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

From the album, Savor The Days

 

I Symphony You… YouTube Valentine

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I thought I’d post this love song here.   When I first wrote “I Symphony You”, one woman brought her husband to my little shop so I would sing it to him.  Another sent it to her estranged boy-friend, and they became engaged.  After that they asked me to come sing it at their wedding.  I’m happy about that.  This is one of the songs on my album, Savor The Days.