Ann here with one of my favorite tips for learning how to be present. Betty Edwards may have thought that she was teaching a drawing technique, but I have found that the way she teaches people to see has other, far reaching effects. The basic idea is to work with practices that bore the heck out of the logical left brain allowing the timelessness and fluidity of the right brain to kick in. When perceiving an object with the right brain we become obsessed with shape and line, without judgement. When we draw from that place rather than from the symbol driven left brain, we have the ability to improve our seeing, our perceiving, and our drawing immediately.
Check out her official website at www.drawright.com. Her wonderful book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is readily available if you haven't yet read it.