Like any kind of exercising, the Spiritual Disciplines are easier to talk about than actually do. The temptation is to theorize, theologize, or try to mentally master them. But the difficult truth is that we already know more than we practice. And not just that we know more, but our knowledge outpaces our practice to such an extent that it causes us to lose confidence in the efficacy of spiritual praxis on the whole. We don’t need fresh knowledge, we need to practice what we know. Knowledge above practice is like water rising above our heads. If it gets too high, we drown. We must let go of all the chatter around the Spiritual Disciplines and simply start practicing them.