The scholarly world has begun to take the discussion of religion and nature seriously. A 10-volume series from Harvard has provided extensive scholarship on the meaning of nature within major religious traditions. One of those 10 volumes is on Confucianism
I can see that the lake I am standing in is part of an important system that gives life and beauty. It makes me feel like I am a small but significant part of all Creation. Connected, it is not difficult to think of loving my neighbor.