I tend not to read books which I can’t practice at least five times as much as the time it takes to read. Book knowledge is good for feeding your head. To activate it and make it real for yourself, put it into practice through your own experience. To do this, observe instances where events and encounters in your life mirror its truth. Discern how the experience depends on your understanding. Then consider how your thoughts and behaviour might more fully realize the topic or theme next time … and observe it again.
I treat this technique at more length in my new book PAUSE BREATHE SMILE.
Contributors: Gary Gach, author / Zen mindfulness coach