Present: being, existing, or occuring at this time now.
In this crazy, 24/7, non-stop media, facebook, twittering frenzy world it is hard sometimes not to be distracted. Incredibly hard sometimes. Add something difficult in life and become even more scattered or frenzied. There have been times in my life where I have been completely fractured and really only paying attention to the distractions. And there have been times when I've been completely self-obsessed to the point of not being able to hear the other person who is in the room. There have also been times where my pain was louder than anything else. It's those times that being present with what is actually brings more peace than trying to out-think, solutionize or rationalize.