Wisdom is achieved slowly. This is because intellectual knowledge, easily acquired, must be transformed into 'emotional', or subconscious knowledge. Once transformed, the imprint is permanent. Behavioral practice is the necessary catalyst of this reaction. Without action, the concept will wither and fade. Theoretical knowledge without practical application is not enough. 'Many Lives, Many Masters'
I openly say that it is the practice that I struggle with. Daily I get closer though and some days I take two steps backward. I must add to the truth of the wisdom above one other thing that I have noticed: you have to just surrend to and trust the practice/the process. To try to control the outcome is to throw a wrench in it really. You can have intentions or desires or goals for where the practice can take you but to hold tight to how or sometimes even what is just another form of fear based on lack of trust. Its the damned letting go stuff that everyone talks about, but if you are not sure what it will be replaced with or that you can even allow receiving in the first place then the whole "letting go" thing is a fight with yourself. A house divided cannot stand.