How much does 'presence' matter in your relationships?Can you feel it when someone isn't present with you?
Can you feel it when you're not present to another person or to yourself?
Does lack of presence weaken, or even break, intimate connection?
What I mean by 'presence' in this instance is simply focus & attention, that quality of being paid attention to & paying attention instead of being distracted by something else, either inside our own mind or externally by something we see or hear, for example.
We can be present both to ourselves & others mentally, emotionally & physically, and we can be present to varying degrees & depths. It's possible to be just present 'enough' or to be fully & wholly present with all of our mind, our 'heart' & our body, so present that it's as if nothing else in the world exists other than this interaction at this time - this takes practice & isn't what everyone wants as it can feel uncomfortable for some people to be on the receiving end of.
Being present to ourselves is what is most commonly referred to as 'self awareness' & being present with others is an essential ingredient to both intimacy & connection which are both essential to satisfying relationships.