The quality of presence is deep knowing of the Here-and-Now. To be present means being aware in a way which is open, attentive, balanced, and flexible. We can cultivate the ability to Be Present deliberately by practicing bringing our attention to the Here and Now. This is the art of Meditation.
We can also cultivate Presence in our relationships in the simple act of connecting deeply with someone else. When we participate in another person’s lived story, or when we create a mutually lived story with them, more than just an exchange of information occurs. Something new emerges. Happiness is born in this act of connection, of interpersonal presence. This is one of the secrets of the “here and now”.
Relational connection is the heart of our humanity.