Oh, yes! It's one thing to live in the moment when that moment is lovely and life-affirming. It's quite another to be entirely present in a moment that is intensely awkward or sad or frustrating. It's in these situations that we want to divert our attention, and our emotions, away from what is happening in front of us... whether by distracting ourselves with other thoughts, eating a cookie or slinking away. But lately I have been trying to hold onto my awareness during unpleasantness, when I am faced with it. And it's actually not so bad. Sometimes, because being present allows me to diffuse the situation, and sometimes mend it. In any case, I always learn something, about the way human emotion manifests itself (often incongruously) in our behaviour and the way we interact with each other.
I guess what I am saying is... try living in the moment, always. You'll probably find that life is richer that way.
"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
— Virginia Woolf