Some teachings exhort us to be present. Is that useful?
My questions are: what is it that is present? What is the true nature of presence? What is the place of the mind in presence? Who is present in the present? Where is “I” in presence? Is it the “I” that later tells our friends that “I was present”?
So, it may all very be well to try to be present but the inquiry has to go deeper than that in order to put an end to the path and suffering.
Only the realization in direct experience of what is present and what is absent in that presence can release consciousness from the wheel of imagination and psychological suffering.