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Thailand cave rescue, how meditation helped the boys survive

Recently, 12 boys and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Thailand. The boys were there for 9 days before being rescued. What kept them alive? 

Their coach, 25-year-old Ekkapol Chantawong had been taught meditation at a monastery in Mae Sai, Thailand for 10 years. According to sources, the coach told the boy to meditate in the cave, keep calm and preserve their energy during the two-week-long ordeal.

Being trapped underground in a blocked off cave must have been nervewracking. The first, second or third day, panic would have set in and hope would have gone. Only a skill like meditation could have given the team the energy to go through this ordeal. Like the rest of the world, we are also jubilant that they have survived. We are sad for the passing of Thai Ex-Navy-Seal Saman Kunan and wish peace on him. And grateful to all the divers, people, governments, including the Indian government that sent water pumping equipment. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. 

My (Saurabh) own understanding was that even if you do not want to meditate, do not intend to meditation, are not able to find the time to meditate, just learn it. It will come to your aid when all else fails. 

You can read the full story in the original article here 


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