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Skillful Effort or Right Diligence is one of the eight aspects of the Eightfold Noble Path of practice. To hear the Dharma talk I recently gave at the Spirit Rock 2009 People of Color Meditation Retreat, go to my page at You can then download this talk or order it on CD. If you download it, a donation is requested so that Dharmaseed can continue this service of offering thousands of recorded teachings. The recommended minimum donation is $12 per talk. If you’re wondering, “Do I need to put more effort into my spiritual practice?” or thinking, “Why do I feel so stressed and burned out out by my practice when it’s supposed to be helping me?” then this talk might be of interest to you.