Being present means focusing all of your attention on the task or person in that moment. It requires giving your undivided attention to someone or something. For instance, if you are having a conversation with someone, you are listening to every word without the expectation of providing a response, unless that person asks for one. In a sense, it is getting your ego out of the way of the conversation and staying focused on what that person is telling you. It is being mindful in the moment.
If you are performing a task such as making a meal, you would focus all your attention on the meal rather than thinking about what’s on TV. You are cultivating an awareness of the ingredients of the meal, where the items were harvested, all those involved in the process of getting the items to your kitchen and having a deep appreciation for the food and how it will nourish your body.
Being present is committing fully to the moment. It is an invitation to be here, now.
Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn