Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD

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The boys’ coach lived in a Buddhist monastery for a decade and taught them to meditate in the cave.
When the 12 Thai boys who were  trapped in a cave  and  were rescued  one by one were first discovered by British divers last Monday, they were  reportedly  meditating.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” the mother of one of the boys  told the AP , referring to a widely shared  video  of the moment the boys were found.

Turns out that their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, who led them on a hike into the cave when it flooded on June 23, trained in meditation as a Buddhist monk for a decade before becoming a soccer coach.

According to multiple news sources, he taught the boys, ages 11 to 16, to meditate in the cave to keep them calm and preserve their energy through their two-week ordeal. And British diver Ben Reymenants, who was involved with the rescue operation, told Vox on Thursday that each of the boys did an hour of meditation with the coach before they were  brought out of the cave  between Sunday and Tuesday.

“He could meditate up to an hour,” Ekapol’s aunt, Tham Chanthawong, told the  AP . “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”

Ekapol, 25, went to live in a monastery at age 12 after he was orphaned. According the  Straits Times , he trained to be a monk for 10 years at a monastery in Mae Sai, Thailand, but left to care for a sick grandmother. He then was hired to be the assistant coach of the team, known as the Wild Boars.

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The young man delivered a driving kick that sent the ball hurtling toward the net. Even though this was just a friendly pickup game between family and friends, he felt the anticipatory rush of joy at scoring. But the goalie dived and caught the ball.

A little disappointed, James headed out to the middle of the field to take his position and try again. He’d run just a few steps when suddenly he felt the soccer ball slam into the back of his head. He felt his neck snap forward from the force of this impact. Everything went black for a second and he experienced a sharp stab of nausea so strong that he thought he would vomit right there on the field.

The game stopped, and the goalie ran up to him. “James, are you O.K.? I didn’t mean to hit you,” the goalie said. “I’m O.K.,” he told his friend, “Really.” Then he headed to the sidelines to sit and recover. He did a quick mental survey and then, after a couple of minutes, rejoined the game.

You O.K.?” his mother asked when he was back on the field. She was on the same team, running toward him when got hit. She was worried to see how his head had snapped forward from the force of the ball. “Totally,” he responded, a little embarrassed by all the attention he’d gotten. And he was O.K., that day.

But the next day at school, James started to feel a little strange.

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Dan Ariely  is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and the author of the New York Times bestseller  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Author  Srinivas Rao  recently hosted him on the  Unmistakable Creative  podcast to discuss why our intuition is not entirely trustworthy, and how a more rational approach will improve not just our own lives, but also the lives of the people around us.

Srini: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

Dan: I got badly burned when I was 18, and I spent about three years in the hospital. I had lots of struggles—there was the pain, the bandages, different procedures, all kinds of things. I started reading academic literature about burns and healing, and I proposed some new procedures to my physicians. At the end of this period, I decided I wanted to be a doctor.
I went to interview for medical school, and they basically disqualified me. My hands are very badly burned—I have a hard time holding a pencil. I have a hard time typing. They said I could never really examine a patient, that I could never hold a scalpel, that I should not risk anybody’s life like this. They basically wouldn’t let me be a physician, but I still had this idea that I wanted to fix things in hospitals.

Because I write about my injury, lots of people who are injured write to me and say, “How do you deal with this? How do you design your future?” I get exposed to a tremendous amount of human misery—it is amazing when you look at it. My mission now is to observe human misery, figure out where it’s coming from, and figure out if we can vastly reduce it.

Srini: That is beautiful. Three years in a hospital is a very long time to be in such a painful situation. What distinguishes somebody like you, who comes out of something like that and makes a mission and a career out of it, versus somebody who lets that get the best of them?

Dan: I think that this is basically the  question of resilience

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2) What We Are Reading We Think You Might Enjoy

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In January 2006, Lee and Bob Woodruff seemed to have it all–a happy marriage, four beautiful children, and marvelous careers. Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC’s  World News Tonight , but then, while he was embedded with the military in Iraq, an improvised explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.

In an Instant  is the frank and compelling account of how Bob and Lee Woodruff’s lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again–and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear. More than a dual memoir of love and courage,  In an Instant  is an important, wise, and inspiring guide to coping with tragedy–and an extraordinary drama of marriage, family, war, and nation.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” 

There are very few people that are universally liked by nearly everyone that they meet... Lisa was one of them.

She was always the life of the party and her ability to make a stranger feel comfortable and a friend to feel like family was uncanny.

Lisa may be gone, but she will never be forgotten.
In an effort to celebrate her life and raise money on behalf of the
National Stroke Association, we are proud to announce the first annual
August 18, 2018
at Centennial Park
in Howard County, Maryland.

This is a men's softball tournament with be two double elimination divisions (D/E and E/Recreational) with a prize package for the winner of each.

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