If I reflect, I realize I'm not the same person I was a year ago, certainly not the same as ten or twenty years ago. That shouldn't be a reason for stress or melancholy. Rather it should be a wake-up call, a pointer. We try to freeze reality in so many ways, when in fact what we are, the world we live in, and the minds we utilize to process are all in a constant state of flux, movement, and yes, change. Nothing is solid now, nor has it ever been.
Our true essence is one with all the Universe. Quantum mechanics tells us the Universe is constantly expanding with the movement of time. Every second the Universe expands a little more in all directions. With every breath, so do we. Not in the physical sense, per se, although that seems to happen with time as well. But I'm speaking in a metaphysical, energetic sense. Our existence is not limited to the boundary of our outer layer of skin, the limits of vision or hearing.
This expansion of the Universe is Taiji, change, Yin and Yang, it is the power of Hunyuan. Hunyuan both creates and destroys. It is the creative power of the Universe, and destruction is inherent in creation. All is change. As we notice this in the world around us, we can notice it in the world within us as well. So, necessarily spiritual rebirth includes death. To that end, acknowledgement is in order. This is Grace. Our part in the process of Grace is obviously gratitude. So, embrace the season, the changes without and within, and be grateful. Change is the godhead. To acknowledge it is to accept the blessing.