I used to think that planning my life and being present in the moment were two warring concepts.
After all, the cognitive process of planning involves projecting ourselves into the future, while the main message of many spiritual traditions encourages us to stay rooted in the present, letting go of a personal agenda.
But making a plan is like putting clay on a wheel; it's something that the universe can shape; energy can be distributed according to the world's needs. The clay is soft, malleable, flexible.
The real enemy is rigidity.
I made a practice of approaching each week with a rough thesis. I submit this imperfect, and sometimes self-centered thesis for a review simply by putting it into action. Two magical things happen: 1. I'm able to stay more present with each individual activity. 2. I discover more pockets of time to reflect on the work, and allow the still, small voice to course-correct when necessary.
Showing up with a plan is an act of willingness, as long as we don't heat the clay.
Practical Wisdom for the Creative Journey
Joel Ripka is a Brooklyn-based actor with 20 years and over 30 professional stage credits from off-Broadway to regional theaters that span the country. He is a blog author and writes about a life lived creatively and in close connection with our deepest expressions of consciousness. He's committed to joy, teaching, sharing, and uniting. He inspires people to do cool things and live intentionally. He is a musician (guitar, piano) singer and also a skilled teacher and writer.