The Six Mantras

The Six Mantras are ways to express love and compassion. They can be very effective in transforming suffering and producing happiness in a relationship with a loved one, a friend, or a colleague. Children can practice them too. You may start by first practicing the Six Mantras with yourself, because you can only love and understand another when you have practiced love and understanding for yourself.

A mantra is a magic formula. Every time you pronounce a mantra you can transform the situation right away; you don’t have to wait. Learn it so you can recite it when the time is appropriate. What makes the mantra effective is your mindfulness and concentration. If you aren’t mindful and concentrated when you recite the mantra, it won’t work. We are all capable of being mindful and concentrated.

Hanh, Thich Nhat (2014-12-02). No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering (p. 84). Parallax Press.