‘Meditation helped trapped boys face trauma calmly’

The 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand, got through the ordeal by practicing meditation, family members have said, the London Evening Standard reported yesterday.

According to a mother of one of the boys, the team was meditating in the widely shared video of their discovery by two British divers.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying. It was astonishing,” she told the Associated Press. The coach who was rescued from the cave on Tuesday, trained as a Buddhist monk for 12 years before he decided to coach the Wild Boars soccer team.

“He could meditate up to an hour,” said his aunt, Tham Chanthawong. “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”

The coach and 12 school boys became trapped in the Tham Luang Cave complex after it flooded on June 23.

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