One of the things, living for over six years in Thailand now and more and more in to Buddhism, meditation, yoga and life- & talent coaching, that got my attention is the servant leadership of the young football coach and the way he made use of his talents and gifts to help the team to survive.
Following the news and background of this only 25 years old boy I discovered he was a monk for many years. In Thailand that is not so special. For every Thai boy it is an honor to his family, and especially to his mom, to be a monk for at least three months before getting married.
This young coach served longer as a monk and so automatically learned and practiced deeply the skills of Samatha and Vipassana meditation.
Why I think this coach showed great ‘servant leadership’ is that he really took care of his team in the first place. Offering his food and water to the boys instead of using it for himself. Showing them ‘survival skills’ and using his meditation skills and talents to help the group to sustain longer in an, under the given conditions, as best as possible physical and mental health and condition.
He offered and guided the group, trapped in the darkness, meditation to calm the body and mind down. To focus and concentrate on a positive outcome, to use Metta (being open to send out and receive loving kindness from love ones outside). And once again, as I wrote in my last week blog, this shows the valuable influence of positive thoughts, intentions and even prayer. Meditation helped to reduce the use of the available amount of oxygen in the small space they had to survive.
Meditation calms body and mind down and keeps you still alert. And with diminishing the use of oxygen he created a longer time-frame for the search and rescue operation to find and rescue them.
Although the rescue operation had its very sad death toll, everybody worked with the best intentions and efforts to save the team and they succeeded. A more than great job, international cooperation and decision making.
And only one out of many of the great lessons of this dangerous operation…Meditation helped offering the power to survive.