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An effortless kind of happy
by Antwan Penn

Transcendental Meditation Magazine    Translate This Article
1 March 2014

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''The first time I did the TM technique, I felt like I had come home,'' writes Antwan Penn. ''Tears ran from my eyes because I felt so deep and so connected.''

Antwan's experience is even more compelling in light of his having grown up ''in a tough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey (USA), and I developed an emotional callus to protect myself from pain. Being surrounded by people with negative coping skills, always walking around on red alert, I felt numbed by violence that most other people would be shocked by. Even then I was a happy person, but it wasn't appropriate to show it.''

Antwan heard about Maharishi University of Management, attended a Visitors Weekend, and then enrolled as a student in 2009. After learning Transcendental Meditation at MUM, he says, ''a lot of the emotional numbness dissolved, and I have a level of sensitivity that I didn't have before. I learned that my happiness didn't have to be backed by aggression and pain. Now it's easy, spontaneous, and effortless for me to feel happy.'

He also describes how he ''immediately felt more rested and had more energy during activity. All of my activity during the day, the classes I was taking, became such a joy that they didn't feel like work—they felt more like nutrition to me.''

When Antwan went on to learn the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi program, the dramatic positive changes in his life ''just escalated. Now what's happening is bigger and better than what I ever expected. It's almost like any desire I can think of, the universe is upgrading it and delivering it to me.''

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