How an On-Air Panic Attack Led Thousands of People to Meditation

I took a huge risk ten months ago: I decided to tell an embarrassing and very personal story.

It involved a secret drug problem, a nationally televised panic attack, and then my embrace of a life-changing habit that I had always thought was ridiculous.

As I made the rounds promoting a book I wrote on shows such as ABC's The View and Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, I may have looked reasonably calm, but underneath I was pretty scared. I worried these revelations could ruin my career.

But as it turned out, everything was fine. In fact, people were actually reading my book, and I was hearing from thousands of them. I realized all sorts of people were dealing with the s