Sometimes we feel less present than other times. In actuality, this cannot be true–but the separate self believes it to be so. Paying attention to sensation can be helpful, because sensations only occur now, in the present. As soon as you focus on the current sensation, you are instantly here!
This works very well when I discover that I’m anxious or afraid. Instead of focusing on the label, I notice sensations in the body; sometimes I choose a different sensation from the obvious one. Even while anxious, there are sensations in my feet or fingertips, for example. Simply noticing the feet or fingertips–and taking attention away from the central sensation I labelled anxiety or fear–can break the pattern free.
More often, I dive right into the discomfort. When it isn’t labelled, simplicity abounds. A simple sensation. A wonderful anchor.