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It’s Supposed to be Difficult

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC
Upon returning to yoga class after the first few weeks, my new students often would come to me with a despondent look, saying, “I don’t know if yoga is for me – it’s very difficult.” My response always began in the same way: “If yoga was not difficult for you, you would not need to be here. The struggle is what makes it meaningful.”

Viktor Frankl said,

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”

Viktor Frankl, M.D., Ph.D., was a neurologist, psychiatrist, author and Holocaust survivor. One of his over 32 post-war books, “Man’s Search for Meaning” (1946), describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all circumstances and situations.

Viktor Frankl once recommended that the Statue of Liberty be complemented by a “Statue of Responsibility”. There are plans for construction of such a statue on the West Coast of the U.S. by 2010.

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