From Derek Beres at Big Think: One of my first yoga instruc­tors used to say, ‘Suffering is optional.’ In the imme­diate he was refer­encing the struggle to remain in chal­lenging postures—our mindset could shift from one of struggle to that of accep­tance. Under­lying the asana was the notion that we choose to view exis­tence as laced with suffering…or not.

That life could be filled with content­ment instead of constant anguish was a reve­la­tion. Essen­tially raised agnostic, even I felt the heavy weight of guilt that pervades those of my gener­a­tion, a hard reality to escape in America. · Go to Is suffering neces­sary for the spir­i­tual life? →