From the book "The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision" by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does deep ecological awareness mean to you? Can you share a personal experience of a time you felt such an awareness? What helps you develop a deep ecological awareness?
I think of the experience of "awe" as a kind of cosmic empathy, where we feel felt, seen, accepted and held by the greater natural world of which we are part. Lonner Holden
Death is not born and Life never dies.It is always the manifestation of the same eternal life consciousness in all the creations-human,environmental and all other nature.THe same soul permeates all over the inclusive universe..This is experienced when you search & find " Who Am I"? Finding ones true nature is all that is required to understand the reality of the present oneness without past or future.
For me, it was taught. When I was a kid, I thought my father treated the birds, his garden, lakes, rivers and all of nature with greater love than he did his own family. Nature spoke his language and he, in turn, would naturally listen. Dad, one with the nature he found himself in, danced with it! Loving nature as he did himself, he demonstrated his deep ecological awareness EVERYDAY.
Deep ecology does not difference between nature and us as human beings.We all are intimately connected with nature. The philosophy of us vs nature has caused a great deal of harm to the world of nature.We as human beings are interconnected and interdependent with us and the world of nature. This cosmic connection paradigm is an ancient non-dualistic paradigm. Deep ecological awareness is indeed spiritual awareness I am very glad to notice the revival of this holistic cosmic paradigm. I know there are people including our policy maker politicians are still holding on to the industrial-growth oriented materialistic shallow ecological paradigm. I hope more and more people embrace the deep ecological paradigm as a way of protecting and saving the web of life.
I was blessed to be raised to relate to nature as a living organism just like us as human beings. I work with children in a school that upholds the deep ecological view of life.When I see young children watering the plants and relating to squirrels,rabbits and birds with wonderment and compassion, I feel very happy and optimistic. I think the younger generation is more open to relate to ecology deeply and it is our responsibility to help them cultivate the awareness of interconnectedness and interdependence. This is spiritual awareness which can create harmony and peaceful coexistence.
May we cultivate deeper and compassionate connection with life at all levels!
Jagdish P Dave
Shallow ecological awareness is the dualistic view that sees us as separate from nature and supports exploiting nature. It is shallow, and harmful. Deep ecological awareness means to me that there is one
activity/process/network/web called the universe that we are inseparably part of, in which all that is including us humans is fundamentally and totally interrelated and interconnected. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, we are interbeings that interarise in interisness. I have had this awareness for a long time, and it helps me see that all is one, which is the foundation of my spirituality. It feels very right for me and I allow and nurture the ongoing growth and deepening of such ecological awareness.