Power of Nature: A Child’s Poem

3 min Article Meditation & Mindfulness
Watching my son learn how to take in the nourishment of nature as a way to accept his emotions has been beautiful.
Power of Nature: A Child’s Poem


by Holden Matias Tampilic, age 12

blossom for summer

morning or evening

how will I shower

if I consume dirt

stagger away by a

wild wind

only to tell songs

This is a poem written by my son after four days of being immersed in nature. I’ve seen my son struggle with emotional instability these past few months due to disconnection from his friends and family during the pandemic.

He’s had to process sadness and anger due to witnessing and learning about racism, oppression, and the colonization of indigenous communities through the collective resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

I can’t distinguish if my son understands the complexity, relevance, and wisdom this poem shares in connection to this time of (r)evolution. He’s shown interest in learning about the world he exists in from the lens of systemic racism and oppression. Still, he’s also demonstrated a refusal to engage because of the hurt and overwhelm he feels when trying to understand the actual constructs of the world.

As his silence grew, I wasn’t sure what was landing with him and to what depth until he created this poem.

Nature as Wisdom

This poem is a true testament to how nature can be our most prominent teacher and healer. Watching my son learn how to pause, process, and take in the nourishment of nature as a way to accept his emotions, gain clarity, and be a channel of creation through the universal source, has been beautiful.

Nature has been the biggest source of wisdom and guidance for my meditation and is the guiding source for how I share in practice. Understanding the extent of reforms needed for our children to live in socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable spaces can feel hopeless and disheartening. Nature may function as a beautiful reminder of the resilience, deep interconnectivity, and harmony that can exist on this earth.

Self-Reflection Activity

My son’s poem offers a window into self-reflection for all of us. Consider:

In what ways do you “wash” away or distract yourself from feeling emotions and connection?

What things do you “consume” that can be considered “dirt,” including ways that you are complicit or ignorant?

If “wild winds” were described as your inner voice/intuition, nature speaking, ancestors, God’s calling, or the compassionate heart, when and what was the last thing the “wild winds” said?

Write out a time and/or your story of a time nature called you in.

Racial trauma is difficult to process regardless of your ethnic or cultural background. Try this Roundglass class, Love Your Race by trauma expert Valerie Vimalasara Mason-John to begin your journey of deep, intergenerational healing. 

Header photo: Aziz Acharki/Unsplash

About the Teacher

Natalie Matias

Natalie Matias

After losing her mother when she was a young teenager, Natalie Matias discovered breathwork through qi gong. “I first started to understand that lesson of life that nothing is forever; to pause in that stillness was the first roots of building self-compassion,” she says. “To lose the loss of the love of the mother creates this space for resilience to build and cultivate this self-love, this oneness and universal love that you can connect to.” Natalie’s dedication to community building and connection has led her to lead meditation and mindfulness classes and workshops globally. She’s also the co-founder of an intimate local meditation group for women entrepreneurs and creatives, the Peace Warriors, which began in 2014. Natalie uses her skill sets to advocate for wellness and positive workplace cultures, working with entrepreneurs, professionals, and CEOs to lead conversations that embrace wellness both inside and outside the office. With a passion for neuroscience and a respect for nature and all human beings, Natalie is committed to offering a modern and practical approach to integrating mindfulness and meditation in order to discover vibrant living.
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