How can we stay true to our spiritual aspirations and work to fulfill them without compromise? Diligence in our practice is a great resource for growing the endurance, patience, and courage we will need to guard the mind against the hindrances and keep our focus on present moment awareness. This is the way to free ourselves from all suffering. And it is also a gift we can offer to help others through life’s inevitable trials. A talk given during Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto retreat in 2015.