Thoughts are like smoke and you are the flame. When there are too many thoughts the flame is lost in the smoke. Then one feels that one is just smoke — but I know that wherever there is smoke, there is bound, to be a flame… smoke cannot exist on its own
If you want to find your flame then you need reduce your thoughts. In order to allow energy of flame available to you, you need silence your mind. Once flame is available to you then you need not do much planning, flame will guide your life.
Art of Meditation is nothing but finding your flame. Art of prayer is nothing but burning in that flame.