A mental absence can represent a moment of life unlived and that lack of presence can have many faces: inhibition, negligence, preoccupation, delusion, disguise, or dissociation. We all know people who seem absent...listening but not really hearing, who check out and we need to understand that their behavior has an historical basis and it was there way before you were. Think of the principle expressed in the old adage, "Takes one to know one," since we perceive only what we ourselves exhibit, the inattention we note in others reflects our own unexcused absences. There is a saving grace to this: by going deeper to see the divine presence of every moment, we make our own inner potential fully present. As life presents itself on many levels, we can be present for life on many levels.
Live. Well. Now.