Buddhist Mantras

The COVID storm threatens not only the lives of those we love, but also that very love itself. How to sustain romantic life under lockdown conditions? Thich Nhat Hahn’s “Fear, Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm,” offers one solution: turning fear itself into love. The power of the storm channeled into empowering love. Fixing relationships through fearlessness may be something you’ve never heard of.

If practiced regularly and sincerely, the book offers four mantras to help strengthen mindfulness in relationships. Centered specifically around romantic love, these mantras have real power over your feelings toward yourself and your partner; the power to change your mind. When practiced everyday, you will be celebrating instead of fixing relationships.

Such transformation is possible only through deliberate practice — none more challenging, or more rewarding, than the practice of transforming fear into love.


Fearlessness is what love seeks. Such fearlessness exists only in the complete calm that can no longer be shaken by events expected of the future… Hence the only valid tense is the present, the Now.”

Hannah Arendt

The Brain Pickings article on the subject also rounds out the wisdom of the book with words from Hannah Arendt and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Kalligraphy by Thich Nhat Hahn” by Naiyaru

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