Living the real present is what other Brother Lawrence famously described as the practice of the
presence of God. (1699). It was what St Paul meant by saying, "Not I, but Christ in me". Basically
every great Christian writer has expressed it in one way or another. What it means is living in such a
way that the Kingdom of God comes to us. The Lord's prayer says, "Thy Kingdom come". The
Kingdom is not somewhere we go (after life or whenever), but something which comes to us in certain
circumstances. Christian "forgiveness" means that we are reconciled to ourselves and others. In short
there is peace and goodwill within us. Living the real present is much the same as really living in the
present. That is, being mindful of it and centred by it, rather than by our self, our ego. Deep
mindfulness is the practice of the presence of God. But this mindfulness is not achieved overnight.
Hence most of those who know most about it and can teach it were monks, and perhaps, still are.