On April 30, 2011, I learned Transcendental Meditation. Since then I have experienced the most productive and present three years of my life, which includes moving to New York City and turning an idea I had into a successful tech startup.

This practice has changed the quality of my life in so many ways that it is hard to list them all, let alone effectively describe them. For starters, as someone who suffered with intense anxiety and panic attacks for most of my life, I now live nearly anxiety free, and TM is one of the key ingredients to that major shift.

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Blake Ian is a New York singer-songwriter, music producer, and founder at 27 Productions; and CEO and co-founder of the social conversation app Tawkers. Dubbed “New York City’s best-kept secret” by the Village Voice, he has opened for Eric Burdon, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Duncan Sheik, Chris Daughtry, and Donovan. This story is excerpted from Blake’s Tumblr blog of April 30, 2014.