I find I have to really concentrate on what I read and read it several times before it starts to make sense.
That's pretty much the essence of it, you have to keep coming back to the practice, the readings, the concept. Steve Hagen teaches that it's all about coming back to the cushion, to the breath, to the mind. Just keep coming back and soon it becomes part of your daily practice, the rythym of your life.
His teacher was Dainin Katagiri who wrote a book called Returning to Silence. It was recommended to me by a therapist over 15 years ago and there's a quote I love in it that I always come back to to this day:
"The main purpose of Buddhism is to form the habit of practice as a vow forever. This is just taking a journey in the universe, day by day, step by step. It is like walking in a mist. We don't know what the mist is, we don't know where we are walking or why; all we have to do is just walk. This is Buddha's practice."
Steve Hagen has a new book out called Meditation Now or Never that looks pretty good too.