Petra Nemcova: Meditation Saved My Life in Tsunami

Since surviving the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, supermodel Petra Nemcova has made it her mission to help children affected by natural disasters with her organization, The Happy Hearts Fund. In the wake of Japan, she talks about how meditation helped save her life and how she doesn't think of what happened as a tragedy.

Petra tells the Guardian that she credits meditation with helping her survive, that while she was holding on for dear life on a palm tree, "I was able to stay very calm and focused, aware very much of everything that was happening. I guess I was more prepared because of it."

Even though she lost her fiancé, she doesn't think of what happened as a tragedy:

Petra returned to Thailand in 2005 with her sister and began her charity 'mentally' by handing out food and blankets. By 2006, The Happy Hearts Fund was born.

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