Every year, a massive group of around one million children from over 5,000 schools convene at Wat Phra Dhammakaya Buddhist Temple in Thailand to meditate for world peace.
The event is called the 'V-Star Change the World Project.' It invites schoolchildren to a Buddhist temple for a day of meditation. The main activity of the day involves spending moments of total silence.
Children selected to attend the event are seen as leaders among their peers. The ritual also acts as a social networking event. Before and after the ceremony, the participants have an opportunity to meet, interact, and talk.
Children undergo an extreme vetting process to ensure they're fit to attend the ritual before being selected to participate in the event. Kids are required to first complete ten tasks every day for up to three months.
Some of the tasks the kids are supposed to complete include helping their parents in household chores and making their own beds.
The representative if the program said in a statement:
"If we want to change the world we must start with the small things. so, if we want to change the world, we need the kids to change first."
"We believe that changing the world starts with changing ourselves, so when a million kids are doing their best to be a better person, it can really change the world."
The Minister of Education, Prof. Dr. Suchart Thadathamrongvej, said that he was impressed by the children's attendance at the meditation.
"We are the leaders of a moral revival project. Today I am very impressed when I see lots of children coming here together to do good deeds."
"I'm confident that Luang Phaw's method is right and correct to change this world to be beautiful because of morality again."
"The temple upholds that changing the world begins with changing ourselves. Because of this, everyone can alter the world's future in a small way."
The art of meditating dates back many centuries back, and it's a natural dreaming practice.
Throughout history, meditation has been proved to improve and impact intellectual growth as well as spiritual nourishment.
Many people are still practicing this art in today's world. According to a 2005 study, one out of three adults meditate every day.
However, in some modern institutions, education systems, and social media platforms, we see many people criticizing meditation.
Some people consider it as an outdated tribal ritual that doesn't fit or apply in the current 'civilized' world. But, despite the criticisms, scientists and researchers have proved meditation has many health benefits.
In 1998, in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Dean Ornish found that meditation can reverse heart disease.
The study involved examining patients with coronary artery disease for five years. Surprisingly, those patients who practiced meditation had managed to reverse the effects of the illness.
Science also proved that meditation could reduce stress and anxiety, among other mental disorders.
It can also relieve pain intensity by 40 percent. According to Wake Forest Baptist University researchers, that's significantly higher than morphine's pain reduction rate of 25 percent.