We can talk about pre-experience (i.e. the period before an experience begins), and post-experience (i.e. the period after the experience completes), but is there a word that describes the period during an experience? Is 'intra-experience' acceptable? Or is there something better?

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    Wouldn't that be the experience itself? – user405662 Dec 14 '20 at 7:26
  • That's true, but I'm thinking more about some part of the experience, that is a section of the experience within the wider whole. – Michael Adams Dec 14 '20 at 8:32
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    @MichaelAdams Including a concrete example in your question may help people come up with an answer. Also: please do have a look at the help available for word-request questions. – Andrew Leach Dec 14 '20 at 13:00
  • @MichaelAdams In that case, there are several terms you could use: 1) percept, 2) sense-datum, 3) raw experience, 4) the manifest image, 5) consciousness – ConsciousClay Dec 20 '20 at 20:14

Flow - a state of complete immersion in an activity

Along the spectrum of being in the moment, experiencing "the now", flow is the greatest of the qualities that could be used to describe experiencing the present. A lesser quality might be described by the phrase "being in the moment" or lower still, "being zoned out". Other than describing the quality of the moment being experienced between pre-experience and post-experience however, I don't know of a specific word that could best describe all types of experiencing the present.


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