So what does it mean to be suspended over the present moment? As a maxim it represents the aspiration to put off all historical rumination and general mental roaming. There are problems with this strategy, chiefly ontological, because we are in any case actually in the present, the eternal self being known in every state of consciousness. The clearing from the mind of thoughts does not add or subtract from that. Bringing in here the concept of duration a la Bergson, we can experience the condensed past focussed on the present moment mainly through our evil actions in the past. We need forgiveness before we can come to be present or in the Presence. Fortunately we do not have to walk that lonesome valley, we do not have to walk it by ourselves, we have a Friend.