Officials and divers said the boys remained remarkably upbeat during their time in the cave. Family and friends say they idolized the 25-year-old coach, onetime Buddhist novice Ekkapol Chantawong, who authorities said guided the boys through meditation to keep them calm in the 10 days before they were discovered by rescue divers.
To practice meditation as an act of faith is to open ourselves to the endlessly reassuring realization that our very being and the very being of everyone and everything around us is the generosity of God. God is creating us in the present moment, loving us into being, such that our very presence is the manifested presence of God. We meditate that we might awaken to this unitive mystery, not just in meditation, but in every moment of our lives.