Inner Journey: Is a professional inquiry into our soul, our own personal field of experience. Adventure, discovery, maturation, completeness, truth, love, passion, compassion, service, insight, freedom, peace, real being, etc.

An Athlete’s Inner Journey: Is the players / athlete on the field of play, the same person as in everyday life or is their a conflict between an athlete on the field vs off the field? Does an athlete create a persona as this tough guy on the field? Athletes are conditioned from an early age to do – x/y/z – told when to practice, times and schedules always set, meals, games, etc. It’s almost like being a robot – they do not have to think too much – just show up at these times: life weights, skill work, film, practice, study, etc. A professional athlete might be at the facility 12+ hours a day or more. A student athlete times practicing and playing are a little less due to the key word ‘student’ + the NCAA puts limits on number of hours in the gym and with coaches.

A conflict exists as an athlete, they only knows this one way / one lifestyle. Is that their true self / true identity? Are they conditioned and led down this path – year after year of routine? Do they loose a sense of self / self worth? A small majority of athletes make it to the professional ranking. An athletes career can be on average 3-5 years or less, team to team, city to city, etc. For most, this journey ends in there 20’s or 30’s – with only 1/3 or so of their life complete – their career comes to end early in life. Their is so much left in life after your 20’s and 30’s. The next chapter in life can be hard after playing sports as the one main thing for 10/20 years consistently.

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What’s next after an athletes career is over at such a young age? Many questions of self inquiry / self worth arise as this day comes upon them. I know this one sport for my whole life. This way of life is all I know, this is my family, etc. How do I live after my career ends, what’s the next chapter of my life? Are their plans sets up in place after that sport ends, new career or endeavors? Some athletes go professional and leave college early without completing their studies or getting that elusive college diploma. After sport, many stay and work in their sport of choice as: coaches, trainers, advisors, front office, etc. The story of many more athletes is not as rosy as you’d think: depression, anxiety disorders, addictions to pain killers and various other medications, drugs, alcohol, even suicide, etc. Many have had various surgeries and walking without pain is out of the questions. How do we end these viscous cycles?

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Keith Mitchell, an ex-NFL player is putting together a treatment plan for War Veterans & ex-NFL players at the University of Rochester, NY – 1 week for 3 years with intense follow up through out the years / health restoration. Its a Treatment Plan (KM5.9 Care Plan) – cognitive brain analysis + a mindfulness retreat with involves yoga and meditation. Their is another way besides the bad vices of life and that sport brings out of a human being. This will be life changing for those that attend!

Just Breathe / KM5.9 Campaign

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