Autumn and Spring.
Winter and Summer.
These are 4 differing seasons that make up an entire year.
Birth and Death.
Living and Dying.
These are 4 different stages that make up a person entire life.
Some sees all of these as opposites, yet aren't they truly just part of a whole?
Now, autumn is here - the leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall. We see the majesty of nature - slowing down, withering and going within.
Can we say the same thing about dying and death? When our loved one is nearing their end of life, dying, they begin to go within. Their bodies, and life cycles, slow down, the internal systems tend to shift and change, all of which gives us an indication that time is changing and will enter a new passage of time.
And yet after a death, a birth or rebirth can occur. We see life eventually expanding again and we see seeds of new awareness enriching our lives. The ability to see just how impermanent life is and why we get to try to stay present, to be alive and live with purpose.
"To live is to die, and to die is to live and it's the great paradox of autumn that it is so beautiful, and yet everything is dying".
Shakespeare writes ~
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
Recognize the beauty autumn brings in both life and in death.