Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

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& the Sacred Essence of Joy

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Pick-Me-Up Pocket Sized Inspirational Books

New from the Studio! I’m so pleased with these pocket sized quote books for the Pick-me-up, Cheer-me-up, make-me-right again transmissions that they are.  You can learn more about them HERE.

Perhaps I’ll Be Less Quiet Soon…

BIRDSONG

I set out tonight on the wood trail
along the stone wall, across the bridge,
and up the sky topped hill.

The sun poured down
a silky sovereignty,
making honey of the fields…

Pausing there
in the evening air,
I allowed my thoughts to still.

I do not need
to list right here
the dark cries of the world…

Yet the wild bird of the soul
still sings- softly,
fierce and sweet.

And the birds in the thicket,
too, have not given up
their song.

And you, my friend,
how are you?
We’ve been quiet far too long.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff
(from a new collection in the works, A Book of Love & Wonder)

There is a line from a poem by Odysseus Elytis which made me gasp with recognition when I first read it.  I can’t even count the number of times I have rewritten it in my journal. It captures how tongue-tied I’ve felt of late, and yet how I have longed to keep pouring my love into the world. It is this:

“I have something incomprehensible to say,
like birdsong in the time of war.”
-Odysseus Elytis

I wonder how many of us have been feeling this- this longing to continue to live our love; to live in Love; to pour love into the world, and yet the news of the day, the atmosphere of the day, almost makes an expression of love seem incomprehensible.

I was mugged once.  I was in my twenties, walking alone down a dark city street.  Suddenly I was surrounded by three very hostile women who kicked me, pulled me all around, and stole whatever they could from me.  And I just watched it happening.  I went absolutely quiet.  It was so astonishing to my innocence that I didn’t have a response.

I think of this now because I’ve been feeling mugged in one way or another fairly often these past few years… going along cheerfully and then finding myself shocked and astonished when presented with another facet of reality.  Sometimes it knocks me sideways, and I go very quiet.

I don’t want to react with cynicism or fear.  I still want to live with the vision and the conviction that Love is the best energy we have for addressing the world’s problems.  And I want to keep finding the ways that are the truest and most effective ways for me to serve through this love.  We each have our own particular ways of doing this.  Incomprehensible, perhaps, but neccessary- like birdsong in the time of war.

 

 

A pick-me-up!

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Seeing this video of the band Red Baraat gave me such a lift the other day.  Oh the Joy of the Human Spirit!

 

Two miniature books- breaths of fresh air

Lately I’ve found myself craving a few words of wisdom and sensibility, humility, love, compassion, thoughtfulness… and as a sort of prayer, I’ve created two sweet miniature books.

I first discovered William Ellery Channing’s thoughtful reflection, “Symphony”, while visiting the Unititarian Universalist Church on Martha’s Vineyard.  These felt like good words to live by all those years ago, and they still do.  I’ve sewn them into a miniature book, available here.  The book measures  1 1/2 by 2 inches.

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A wee bit lighter in tone, I’ve also created a miniature book of happiness- a little boost of joy to give and receive.  You can find it here.  This miniature treasure is 1 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches small.

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New And Beautiful

It’s been a busy time in the studio!  Here’s a sampling of what’s hot off the press, from my heart to yours.

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~Joy, Light, Beautiful Wisdom ~
Selected passages to fill your heart with Joy.

 

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JOY BOXES with 108 fortune sized inspirations


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Mermaids and Muses Card set

 

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Soul Cards, 20 inspirational post cards

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Lotus Pendant in Gift Box

If you like what you see, here’s the link to the shopping page for what’s New and Beautiful.

We are Love

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Favorite pictures from Italy

When Jonah and I visited his father in Italy this summer, we took many lovely walks and outings.  Snapping photographs was one of my favorite activities.  These pictures are from Florence and Cinque Terre.  There are more laundry photos in a post below (oh do I have a fondness for laundry photos!!!)

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I received a Gift…

There was a package in my mail last night which arrived out of the blue.  A gift!  A Surprise!   It arrived from a woman I have never met before, but who discovered me online, and liked what I express.   Her name is Melanie G Mason, and she is a photographer and writer from New Zealand.  She sent me an exquisite book she has created, called THANK YOU, LIVING IN GRATITUDE.

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Every page is a joy.  The book brims with brilliant photographs and grateful inspiration. I cannot do the book justice, or the rest of Melanie’s work… or her amazing spirit.  I can only urge you to visit her website.  You too will marvel, and be so inspired.

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The quotation on this page reads, “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom.” ~Marcel Proust

Melanie has many beautiful images on her website, and somewhere the quotation, “Photography teaches us to see.” ~Berenice Abbott

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I’ve been dipping into the book, and then, indeed, seeing the world around me with brighter eyes. I took this photo this morning of the sun upon our Buddha Rock, the goldenrod of this season.  Everything feels more radiant; more beautiful.  Thank you so much Melanie!