Research shows that learning only occurs when we're forced to work hard to remember something. The opposite is also true - when we recall something quickly without effort no learning occurs. (How Memory Works) It has also been found that making the effort to remember something in multiple contexts and settings aids memory more than remembering it in one place.
This is why after you learn a lesson in emuna, it is so helpful to switch to another setting and work at recalling what you learned on your own. This is the meaning of of Rebbe Nachman's advice to turn your learning into prayer. Through the process of reviewing what you learned and applying it to your own life, you will make that new wisdom your own. It is good to stay on one theme , for example - love of others - for a while, and speak about it to Hashem in multiple places. This will enable you to recall your commitment to applying what you learned; and you will find yourself doing it where ever you go!
- Dr. Zev Ballen