To be present, we have to learn to let go and to approach upcoming moments with curiosity.
Letting go requires us to focus intensely on what we actually control – our response to the present moment. And, approaching upcoming moments with curiosity means letting our instincts to judge what is happening simply waft by. It is only when we let go of our instinct to label do we see how things really are.
Thus, when we learn to commit to the current moment by acknowledging how little we control and how much we have to learn, the monkey mind’s chatter recedes to the background. We, then, find the wisdom to discern what actually matters.
And, in that process, we learn to be present.