04/14/2015 08:22 am ET Updated Apr 14, 2015

After 5 Years Of Practicing Mindfulness Meditation, I've Realized Why People Think It's Impossible

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I started practicing mindfulness meditation five years ago, when I was an English teacher living in Seoul, South Korea.

I'd sit cross-legged and try to concentrate on my breath like the books told me to.

Then something frustrating would happen: Rather than resting in tranquility, I'd be thinking — about lunch, about the classes I'd teach that day, about the fight I'd had with my soon-to-be ex-girlfriend.

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