When the mind is overly active it can be a task in itself to come back to peace and presence however there is one method that I have found to work most times which does not ignore, resist or fight against but rather uses the mind’s distraction (Dan Millman) as an impetus to come into the Now, and that is to focus our full attention toward whatever the mind is obsessing about: it is behind there that the present moment lies and it is the very reason the mind is so active at that point. By doing so, we use the stream of thought’s concentration as a marker for where the window to presence lies and are able to find it. And in a moment, we are transported back in to the Now.
But we must be vigilante because, as soon as our attention is jettisoned into the real world, that very world can so enthral us that it allows thought to come back in.
So the important thing after coming back to the present is to hold a position between observing without judgement (what is happening in and around us) and also feeling that we are aware. Awareness aware of itself. That is the most important thing for any portal of presence: to feel our awareness.