Adopt The Pace Of Nature – Her Secret Is Patience

Title Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature’s secrets are incredibly inspiring and bountiful
Life lessons are learnt that are not taught in school
Walking in Mother Nature, God’s natural Kingdom
With Awareness, will bring you insightful wisdom

Her efflorescence beauty is shown everywhere
Even in the depth of winter when much lies bare
There’s always splendour and miracles to view
When with your Soul Eyes, you choose to look through

In winter when all the leaves fall from a tree
The intricate branches are visible for scrutiny
Extending onwards and upwards into the sky
As we expand our consciousness up so high

Then spring arrives to enliven and lighten our days
Nature manifests its perfection in numerous ways
Beautifully delicate, pure blossoms flourish for a while
Showing us to appreciate NOW, then let go with a smile

Summer bestows nature’s miraculous abundance
Flowers overwhelming beauty give more evidence
Of the variety of life, it’s shapes, colours and size
Everyone is just perfect in God’s All-Knowing Eyes

Summer turns to autumn, or as some say fall
Change is in the air and nature heeds the call
Leaves burst into colour, then wither and die
As do all human beings, including you and I

The cycle is complete, a year has come and gone
Nature will eternally repeat it’s wondrous song
Teaching us through Awareness, year after year
If we are Open to it’s wisdom and ready to hear

All this is provided at a sure and steady pace
Nature is perfect, there’s never a need to race
Everything is accomplished, in a time of her own
Nature’s secret is Patience, to us she has shown

Trina Graves – 4th December 2016


About This Poem

As I have mentioned on some of my other posts, I was rather blind to the awesomeness of nature until I began to follow the teachings of Abraham-Hicks. I was awakened to its magnificence on a simple walk to get some photographs to use for quotes on my website (Spiritual Quotes To Live By) and have been amazed at the sights and lessons taught by nature ever since.

Adopt The Pace Of Nature, Her Secret Is Patience - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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The Eyes Of Source

Title Quote: Abraham-Hicks

Nature is so awesome
Its beauty is beyond compare
It’s everything natural around us
Always willing of itself to share

From a tiny little seed
A mighty tree can grow
From such small beginnings
Strength and beauty it can show

With love and appreciation in your heart
Just take a look around you and see
The abundance of natures forms
Its silent miracle is the key

Open your heart and open your eyes
To the wonders all around
Nature’s always there, waiting patiently
Until the Eyes Of Source you have found

Beauty and perfection can be seen
In the smallest, simplest flower
Just living, growing, adapting, changing, being
Its message can bring such power

Love is what you really are
It’s the truest abundance of wealth
Looking at the world through The Eyes Of Source
You are being your true self

Trina Graves – July 2012


About This Poem

Looking ‘Through The Eyes Of Source’ is one of my favourite quotes from Abraham-Hicks as it gives an easy reminder of the ultimate perception of everything we see. 

As you can see, I wrote this poem in 2012, but years later when I was going through my poems to add them to my website (Spiritual Quotes To Live By) I decided not to use this one but instead to write another using the same quote.  At that time I had recently gone for a walk locally and been so awestruck with the simple beauty surrounding me and one tree in particular had literally brought tears to my eyes! so writing the newer version was easy to do: Through The Eyes Of Source is one of my favourites of my poems as for me it brings back the memory of that walk. 

Although this poem was originally called Through The Eyes Of Source, I have edited the title to differentiate between the two poems.

The Eyes Of Source (2012) - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

The Best Time To Plant A Tree

Title Quote: Unknown

The best time to plant a tree
Is twenty years ago
To give it the essential time
To develop, bloom and grow

Of course, this isn’t relevant
If you are still a youth
But, I’m sure you can see
This plain and simple truth

Trees are vital to our life
Here on this planet Earth
But do we really appreciate
Our trees, for all their worth?

Some say, if trees gave wi-fi
We would all be planting more
Instead, they give us oxygen
Life’s breath, crucial to our core

Trees sustain our life
We’re inherently entwined
Why do we chop them down
When other sources we can find?

Every child would benefit from
Planting a tree when they are small
Gaining more than just ‘green fingers’
Through the years as both grow tall

So, if you have not planted a tree
Years ago for time to allow
It’s growth and needed life-force
The second best time is NOW

Trina Graves – 18th February 2016


About This Poem

The full quote, from an unknown source, is:

The Best Time To Plant A Tree Is Twenty Years Ago
The Second Best Time Is Now

Even though I never really appreciated the miracle and wonderment of nature until I was much older, I have always loved trees. Many of my childhood memories are tree related: enjoying the blossoms on a lilac tree in our garden, often standing under and smelling an evergreen tree (not sure what sort) in the playground at primary school and making out shapes and pictures in the tree skyline from our kitchen window. 

From that early noticing of blossom, spring became my favourite time of year. In my adult years as I moved home, I was never a zealous gardener, but I always planted a few trees in each garden. In my older years as my love of nature developed, trees were obviously a focus of my attention and I become mesmerized in their awesomeness.

I’ve noticed that the things I did as a child I still do, along with new habits of hugging, touching, praising, giving thanks, taking photos and just basking in the majestic beauty of the trees I encounter.

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Emma (daughter) with Jessica, Seth & Lucy (grandchildren) 2007

Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End

Title Quote: Buddha

We all love enchanting, captivating stories
From very young children to the old
Reading stories uses our imagination
We’re engrossed in how they will unfold
Books can be just a few short pages
Or go on for a whole series that offer more
But all stories have a beginning and end
The pleasure they make is what we read them for

Films and TV series capture our attention
As we sink into and establish the plot
Our senses are bombarded with emotions
Through characters, music and the scenery shot
A film lasts for a short time, only an hour or two
A complete series can go on for a year or more
But all films and series have a beginning and end
The emotions evoked are what we watch them for

Some people enjoy enhancing nature
Planting various seeds into a flower-pot
They nurture and appreciate the beauty
Whether a lavender bush or forget-me-not
Flowers develop wondrous hues and fragrance
Scattering their elegance in gardens and more
But all flowers have a beginning and end
Their pure beauty is what we grow them for

One of nature’s incredible, bountiful joys
Is the variety of trees that grow everywhere
Their magnificence and majestic presence
Is enhanced with the lessons they share
Strength, flexibility, change, importance of roots
They give us oxygen and so much more
But all trees have a beginning and end
Vital life-enhancement is what we need them for

Over our lives most of us share some time
With a pet who becomes a family friend
It doesn’t matter what the animal type
It’s the faithful love that they can send
Companionship, loyalty, non-judgement
Whatever we share, they give so much more
But all animals have a beginning and end
Their companionship is what we adore them for

And so we come to the point of these words
The hardest experience one day we all must face
When our nearest and dearest loved ones pass
Will we be able to abide it with good grace?

The simple, pure beauty of our family and friends
We enrich our lives together with the pleasures we make
Our love and companionship is vital life-enhancement
As the emotions evoked bring our Hearts and Souls Awake

“Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End
Make Your Peace With That And All Will Be Well”
The Buddha’s words are an essential principle of life
To enable us when the time comes to say ‘Farewell’

Trina Graves – 21st November 2016


About This Poem   

This was one of my poems that surprised me with how it ended. I started in my usual way (praying and asking for guidance) and then wrote a list of the topics to cover. Each verse flowed quite easily and I knew it was going to be a sympathy poem it was obviously going to move on to dying. But the ‘surprise’ was in how the ending of each verse came together for the penultimate verse.

Buddha quote: Everything that has a beginning has an end, used as title and theme for sympathy poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

Teach Only Love

Title Quote: A Course In Miracles

Teach Only Love
To those closest to you
Family is a learning core
Of bringing love through

Teach Only Love
To friends both far and near
Love is the strongest connection
Give it to all, who you hold dear

Teach Only Love
To all the children you meet
The future of our world
Lies always at their feet

Teach Only Love
To each stranger passing by
Just a friendly greeting and smile
Can uplift a spirit so high

Teach Only Love
To all your colleagues at work
Kindness will soothe and ease
Even those who seem to irk

Teach Only Love
To all those who’ve done wrong
Forgiveness and compassion
Will guide their steps along

Teach Only Love
To all animals of land, sea and air
No matter what the type
Creatures of God deserve your care

Teach Only Love
To trees, plants and flowers
Nurturing nature enhances life
Bringing many blessing showers

Teach Only Love
To all landscapes of planet Earth
Appreciate all the aspects
And know its true worth

Teach Only Love
In your ideas of cosmic life
One day we will all meet
And it is love we want, not strife

Teach Only Love
For the law of attraction will bring
Your thoughts and beliefs to manifest
Creating your world and everything

Teach Only Love
It is by example you go far
In teaching the love of God
For that is truly what you are

Trina Graves – 24th July 2018


About This Poem

As you can see I wrote this poem yesterday, I have been meaning to write a ‘quote’ poem for a very long time now, so yesterday I decided to get on with it! I had a short-list of quotes to choose from and two jumped out at me, both from A Course In Miracles: Teach Only Love For That Is What You Are & You Are The Light Of The World (I will post this tomorrow).

I wrote the poems in my usual way, this one first, and thought of posting it yesterday, but I didn’t have a picture made to go with it, so rather than rush to do this, I chose to leave it till today. So, this morning I began to think of what I could write about for this poem, but I had no idea!

With that on my mind I began to check through my emails, and one was of a post by Amira, a Haiku poem called Space, on reading, I thought of what great timing this was (law of attraction) as my poem had a verse about cosmic life and it has been on my mind to write some poems soon on this topic. I wrote a comment telling Amira I believe we are not alone and went on about Lightworkers, forgetting this linked also to my second poem!

Before ‘meeting’ Amira, and starting this blog, I was hesitant to be open about my thoughts on some topics, and to share poems such as Insight because I know many people would not believe such things. But, since we began this sharing connection, and with all the encouraging comments I have received (on Amira’s blog) it has been far easier for me to be open with the stories of my poems and to just follow my intuition and write anything! 

It is so fascinating how we can meet some people and instantly know there is a connection that will develop into more, and even change our lives. This hasn’t happened for a while for me, but I certainly felt this with Amira from the very first email we exchanged! Who knows where our connection will lead?!!! Bless you Amira. 

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Two of my granddaughters, perfect photo for this poem!

 

Where Is God?

God is in the flowers
God is in the trees
God is in the butterflies
And the birds and bees

God is in the sunshine
God is in the storm
God is in the snow and frost
That makes you wrap up warm

God is in the good
God is in the bad
God is in what makes you happy
And what makes you sad

God is everywhere you look
And everywhere you go
God is your best friend always
Because God loves you so

Trina Graves – 19th May 2000


About This Poem

On a sunny May morning in 2000, I was staring out of the window on a bus travelling through the countryside of Oxfordshire, just appreciating the beautiful views, and these words just came into my head. I knew the simple words were for children and I would one day share them. Previous to this I had only ever written two things and they were not poems, so this was unusual for me. When I arrived at work, I was thinking about the poem and the first customer to walk into the photography shop was a man wearing a very large cross around his neck. I took this as a sign telling me the words were truly inspired from spirit. When I returned home later that day, I had no problem remembering the words to write out.

The concept that God was in the ‘bad’ was relatively new to me, only coming across it not long before in the book ‘Conversations With God’ by Neale Donald Walsch. I had found his books very enlightening and thought provoking, this concept was one I was learning to digest. Previous to this I always believed (as taught) there were two sides: good and bad, or, God and devil. But, at that time I didn’t really think about it and just put the poem away. 

Over the years I gained greater understanding through the Law Of Attraction, mainly as taught by Abraham-Hicks, and found out that God truly is in ALL things. There is no source of evil or bad, it’s just that we are in the habit of blocking the ever-present flow of goodness. How much we allow or block affects our degree of perceived love or fear. Even in the darkest of times and in the people who may be seen as evil, there is always a spark of light buried within.

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I have an Etsy shop – SpiritualQuotesTLB – that sells instantly downloadable prints, bookmarks, 10 item poem packs and 100 quote sets. (not just my own poems) This picture is available as a print or bookmark for children.

Through The Eyes Of Source

Title Quote: Abraham-Hicks

My physical eyes have limited sight
Filters of thought and belief blur my view
But if I look Through The Eyes Of Source
I will see everything clearly and true

To look through with the Eyes Of Source
I first need to change and lighten my mind
I let go of any not-good feeling thoughts
And think ones that feel better and kind

I talk to myself about things that are good
And things that I really appreciate
Then as I feel that upliftment in me
Through The Eyes Of Source I will vibrate

Looking Through The Eyes Of Source
It is easy to appreciate and expand
By noticing all the beauty there is
Wherever my enchanted gaze may land

Walking outside with Mother Nature
Using the Eyes Of Source as my looking glass
My vision sometimes gets blurred with tears
At the intense magnificence of everything I pass

With the colours, shapes, size and variety
Of the infinite abundance of nature’s forms
From the majestic tall trees to a daisy in the grass
Looking Through The Eyes Of Source, my heart warms

In every face there is a simple beauty
The Eyes Of Source will always see
Wrinkled, scarred – it matters not
Even looking in a mirror at me

The intoxication I feel has seeped into my life
I am now selective on where my focus will be
I’ve lost interest in looking with my dull ‘human’ eyes
As Through The Eyes Of Source I now choose to see

Trina Graves – 19th November 2016


About This Poem

In 2012 I used this quote for a poem, but when a few years later I decided to compile a page on my website (Spiritual Quotes To Live By) of Abraham-Hicks quote poems, I was not entirely happy with it, so I decided to write another. I particularly wanted to include this quote as it is an easy reminder for following the Law Of Attraction. I wanted to convey how our thoughts and beliefs affect what we see and also give some guidance on using the Law Of Attraction. 

I must admit, I was blind to the magnificence of nature before 2010, the only time I looked through the eyes of Source was when looking at babies and children (especially my own.) It was the teachings of Abraham-Hicks that made me begin my website (doing something I loved to do) which then led me on to taking nature photos for quotes. I remember well the first walk I went on with my new eyes! Before it would have been my grandchildren in all the photographs, but I was awestruck with the simplest of things. It was on that day I took the photograph of a dandelion seed-head that I use as my logo. I had never really looked closely at one before and was amazed at the sheer perfection! 

This poem is now one of my favourites.

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Why Did You Come Here?

“Why did you come here?” I asked the daisy
As I lay on the grass feeling dreamy and lazy
The answer just appeared in my mind
“I came to add to the beauty you’d find.”

“Why did you come here?” I asked the bee
Flying so fast I could hardly see
The bee turned and started to fly more slow
“I came to help the flowers grow.”

“Why did you come here?” I asked the ant
As it ran across the beautiful plant
“I was alone, but now life’s a dream,
I came to work as part of a team.”

“Why did you come here?” I asked the cat
As she clawed away on the fireside mat
She looked right into my eyes with a stare
“I came to help you become Aware.”

“Why did you come here?” I asked little Lucky
Our precious, playful Labrador puppy
“I told you before, when we were in heaven above,
I came to give you unconditional love.”

“Why did you come here?” I asked my teacher
When showing my carefully painted picture
She thought for a moment and began to say
“I came to guide you along the way.”

Why did you come here?” I asked the old man
Who was sat in the park and getting a tan.
The man smiled at me and said, “Ever since my birth
I came to enjoy my life here on this Earth.”

Why did I come here? I wanted to know
Then all these things I attracted to show
I came to…
Find beauty, enjoy life, help, guide and share
Unconditional Love and become Aware.

Trina Graves – 14th May 2013


About This Poem

I wanted to write some spiritual poems for children to use on my website (Spiritual Quotes To Live By) so I wrote down a few ideas of subjects I wanted to cover: Where do we come from? Why are we here? Law Of Attraction etc..

I prayed and asked for guidance and then wrote a poem called Before We Were Born. I usually only write one poem at a time, but after finishing this one I knew I needed to write more and wanted to do a poem from a child’s point of view. Why Did You Come Here? was the result – it just flowed so easily without much thought or hesitation and I was amazed how in the last verse it all came together from the endings of the others. This was not planned or thought about by me at all.  It is when I write a poem such as this one that I really believe my words are guided. 

This is one of my favourites of my poems, I just love the simple way it brings together the Law Of Attraction with why we are here. By the way, the girl in the photo is my granddaughter Lucy.

 

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The Amen Of Nature Is Always A Flower

Title Quote: Oliver Wendell Holmes

At the bus stop, passing time in my solitary thoughts
My gaze rested upon some nearby empty ground
There was nothing much at all to see, it seemed
Some grass, soil and stones were all my eyes found

Nothing changed over those cold winter months
As each week I waited patiently and surveyed
When rain fell soaking the earth, I noticed
Muddy puddles developed, where children played

As the days began to get a little longer
They became brighter and warmer too
I began to notice a change on the ground
Signs of life were starting to break through

The weeks went by as Spring finally arrived
Some days of rain, but mostly warm and bright
Various shades of green shoots covered the ground
Although different, united in seeking the light

Showers of petals from nearby blossoming trees
Cascaded upon me as I gazed at the ground
Gone now the blankness of winter past
Abundant foliage and flowering buds I found

I’ll never forget that summers day I arrived
My senses were blasted by the sheer power
Of an awesome scene of vibrant colour and beauty
The Amen of nature is always a flower

Trina Graves – 31st January 2015


About This Poem

This was the first time I wrote a poem for my blog.  On that day, after writing my thoughts on the quote, my thoughts wandered to when I lived in a village that had a long walk to the bus stop and the idea of this poem came to me.  When I write in ‘first person’ it is almost always a true part of my life, this poem is one of the exceptions, but it is based on my experiences.

While looking back through my previous blogs, in December 2016, I came across this poem and thought it would be a good idea – and an interesting challenge – to change the way I did my blog, so I began to write inspirational poems for each quote, rather than my thoughts on the quote or photograph. 

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The Tree That Spoke

Oh, the things I have felt
For over a hundred years
From bountiful joys of nature
To the sorrow of human tears

When I was first planted here
There wasn’t much else around
A field of grass, some trees like me
A few upright stones on the ground

As I grew tall and strong
Yielding as each season passed
The people came and went
Always mournful and downcast

My wisdom grew with time
As my roots delved into the Earth
I also connected to the sun above
All-That-Is pronounced my worth

The ever-flowing abundant life
Birds, foliage, butterflies, bees
Most people never-ever noticed
Oh, please! BEHOLD us trees

We are the inherent Guardians of Earth
Filtering and providing more than they see
The original network, our roots underground
We may seem static, but we are truly free

The empty field that once surrounded my youth
Is now filled with hundreds of stones
Becoming more ornate over the years
But still, just mark the position of bones

I absorb the waves of sadness that flow
From the people visiting a stone
If they let me, I can help them
For we are One and never alone

I sense the Spirit of their loved one
They block the energy by thinking them gone
My leaves whisper the truth on the breeze
‘They are beside you, they do live on’

Trina Graves – 6th July 2018


About This Poem

From the age of six until I married, my family would spend the summer Sunday afternoons in various villages throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. My father belonged to a cricket club, so we all went along to enjoy and afternoon out. While the men played cricket, the woman chatted and the children played. My mum also liked to take a walk around the villages, especially to visit their church and grounds. I didn’t realize it back then, of course, but this was to develop into something I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life. 

I now love to visit old churches and graveyards, especially to see the beautiful trees that are always present in these tranquil grounds. So, when I began to take nature photographs to compile my photo-quotes this was obviously a wonderful source for me.

Last week I had to take my car to have some work done, nearby there was a graveyard (no church though) that I had not visited before, so I decided to go and hang out there while I waited. It was a beautiful sunny day and after walking around – taking lots of photos – I sat in the shade to bask in the glorious view of trees.

Personally, I believe graves are an old tradition that in our more enlightened times are no longer needed. But, I respect that others can find comfort in visiting their loved ones marker. I do not find them at all depressing because I choose to think of all the love that has been brought to the site, for hundreds of years!

So, as I sat there, just across from me was this tall tree surrounded by gravestones. I thought about what it has viewed over the years and decided to write a poem, luckily I had pen and paper with me. And this is what I wrote.  

The Tree That Spoke - Inspirational Sympathy poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
The view from where I sat to write this poem