“Understanding” Presence: A Mental Experiment To Explore The Present Moment

Anthony V. Lombardo
You Are A Conscious Creator
3 min readApr 30, 2024

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You can’t escape the word “presence” when talking about meditation, mindfulness, or any spiritual growth modality. It may seem like “becoming present” is the simple answer to every problem.

But what exactly is presence?

Many philosophies and traditions assert that the mere act of trying to understand presence is paradoxical — because the moment you try to think about or conceptualize presence, you fall out of the present moment. The mind just can’t fully comprehend it — because the present moment is meant to be directly experienced.

Others argue that intellectual understanding can complement direct experience. This perspective is prominent in modern mindfulness-based psychology, which emphasizes the importance of comprehending the nature of stress and anxiety. This understanding is then applied in practical, experiential exercises where one pays close attention to how these emotions manifest in the body.

What do you think?

2 Thought Experiments To Explore “Presence”

Below are two simple, yet powerful thought experiments, designed to help us explore and “understand” enigmatic concepts such as presence, mindfulness, and the nature of thought itself. They can also…

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Anthony V. Lombardo
You Are A Conscious Creator

Anthony V. Lombardo is a meditation artist, explorer of consciousness, and website consultant for Spiritual Entrepreneurs. Join the Tribe: https://rb.gy/0650g