Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about those 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave for a full 17 days. This whole ordeal made headlines the whole time rescue efforts were underway and even now is still blowing everyone away.

Before we get into this I would like to say that thankfully these 12 boys were rescued successfully thanks to everyone who was putting forth an effort to get them out. Before they were found they had to, according to BBC, survive for nine whole days in the darkness unaware that they were being searched for at all. Could you imagine how terrified they must have been throughout this whole ordeal?

The terror alone is more than enough to drive anyone over the edge and yet all of these boys were able to keep themselves collected enough to survive. How did they manage for so long? Well, to begin with they did have some snacks on hand, not a lot, but what they did have helped tremendously while they were trapped. These boys were exploring the cave as a celebration for one of their birthday’s and accompanying them was their coach.

Their coach’s name is Ekapol Chantawong (nicknamed Ake) and he refused to eat any of the food that they had so that the boys would have more for themselves. When they were found he was without a doubt the weakest. The boys were drinking water drippings from the cave walls and their mental strength was one of the most crucial things for them during this whole situation. Ake taught these boys something amazing during their time trapped within this cave.

Ake was a former Buddhist monk and truly was in the right place at the right time, he was able to teach these boys meditation to keep them where they needed to be mentally and reduce their stress. Ake taught them how to meditate in order to use less oxygen and relax as best as they could during their time trapped.

Without meditation, these boys would have panicked and might not have come out in as good of condition as they did. Instead of crying and freaking out these boys were sitting and waiting, they were calm and understanding. According to BusinessToday, footage captured of the Navy SEAL unit that met up with them actually shows them while weak cutting up and laughing along to jokes made by their rescuers as they were being saved. Their spirits were where they needed to be and their coach truly made a huge difference.

Our minds are far more powerful than we tend to realize. If we can calm ourselves down in situations like this we can figure things out a lot better. This is without a doubt something that we all need to remember. For more information on the cave rescue itself please feel free to check out the video below.

(Image Via: Thai Navy Seals)

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