Being "in the present moment" has become a widely used acting catch phrase that is misleading because as it is used in actor training, in countless acting classes, it sends the message that this is something you have to "do".
To clarify the real issue, if you say that you need to be more in the present moment, my question to you is "Where else could you possibly be?"
Yes, your thoughts are pulled to what did or did not happen in the past.
Yes, your mind drifts into endless fantasies of what might happen in the future.
But where are these thoughts happening? Your thoughts are always taking place in this moment right now. You see? There is no other place you can possibly exist than this moment right now, you are always in the present moment and you can give up all effort to get there. Then what is the actual problem that must be addressed? Let's continue the conversation in my next True Acting Journal entry...