In order to become proficient at anything in life, practice is required. This applies to the "spiritual life" as well. If we are going to grow in spiritual awareness and religious intelligence, it takes "practice."
This was amplified on in a recent talk in Ordinary Life, "Warning! Danger! Life Ahead!" In that talk I referred to a graphic of the "tree of contemplative practices." If you would like to see the graphic, click here. My suggestion is for you to print it out and keep it handy where you can not only see it but also consider adding items to what you are doing to assist your growth in "freedom and love."