Ground squirrels are part of the circle of life that lives in the meadows of our watershed. They live in burrows underground where the millipedes and earthworms mix the soil helping the grasses to grow. Ground squirrels eat the grasses and the rattlesnakes, eagles, raccoons, foxes, badgers, and weasels eat the ground squirrels. Ground squirrels run and frolic in the meadow and are happy to be.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts” - Rachel Carson
"Life is fundamentally one". - Arne Naess, (who coined the phrase 'deep ecology' in 1972)
"In wilderness is the preservation of the world" - Henry David Thoreau
"Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another" (Leibniz, 1670)
"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe ... We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive" (Albert Einstein)
"Just as we should cultivate more gentle and peaceful relations with our fellow human beings, we should also extend that same kind of attitude towards the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment". (his holiness the Dalai Lama)
"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature".