Focusing on the present moment was never easy for me. Having an anxious and over-active mind meant that my thoughts were usually somewhere in the past or future.
I have become much more aware of my mind activity, and with practice I have learned to master presence. Yet, even as I practice this consistently, I still catch myself multi-tasking in my head.
Whenever I'm not present, I feel rushed, stressed or even guilty, depending on what is on my mind. But, when I consciously choose to focus on what I'm doing at the moment, the experience is completely different. I become aware, engaged, and a sense of expansion fills my mind. I'm not stressed or anxious to move on to the next task anymore. My mind is present, peaceful and focused!
I do this practice as I wash the dishes. I practice awareness and presence when I'm listening to someone. I listen with intent and interest. And the other person I'm sure can feel a difference too. There's an energy of connection. They can sense they are being acknowledged and heard. If my mind wanders (and it will), I just notice, and I bring it back to the now.
You can try this too. Start by being present in a simple activity, such as brushing your teeth. Or really savor your food instead of rushing through it while watching television. I assure you you will feel more alive. Sounds good, right? Let me know if you try it and how it feels.