I am going to tell you how to be present in two words: slow down.
When you are going at the normal daily rate, you can miss a lot. When you slow down, you can notice things. You can feel your feelings more. Let's say you hug someone with whom you share a romantic connection. What if you have time for an extended hug? Try it, you'll like it.
Someone says something to you that has significance. This is an opportunity to slow down. Instead of answering rite away, why not think about what s/he just said. Do you see how I am advocating being authentic? I didn't say to consider some inane comment that someone said, like "Nice weather we're having." I said to think about a comment that has significance. I remember once, someone said something to me in a casual tone, but it was a significant statement. It was something like: "I wish I didn't live so far away from my parents." I started thinking about the distance, the long chunks of time without seeing one's family. I was silent. I eventually explained: "You have said something that's important in your life. I am letting it land."
Try slowing down your own way. Come back and let us know what happened! To do that, click on this entry. Then click on "Comments" and fill out the form. It's anonymous if you want it to be.