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I Will Remain

Morning Mantra Podcast Coach MK Fleming


“If peace comes from seeing the whole, then misery stems from a loss of perspective. Misery is a moment of suffering allowed to become everything. So, when feeling miserable, we must look wider than what hurts. When feeling a splinter, we must, while trying to remove it, remember there is a body that is not a splinter, and a spirit that is not a splinter, and a world that is not a splinter.” Mark Nepo in the Book of Awakening.

Hi, this is Coach MK and this is the Morning Mantra, a microdose of MK to get you through your day. Today’s mantra is, “I will remain.”

I have heard it said about relationships that when the sex is good, it’s 5% of the relationship. When sex is bad, it’s 95% of the relationship. I think the same can be said about almost anything that shakes our confidence or touches on a deep insecurity.

When a run is good, it hardly registers. When it is bad it is EVERYTHING. You confuse the splinter for your body, the suffering can cause you to lose perspective. Well, not you. Because you are coached and loved, and you have me to remind you that one bad run does not define you. The splinter isn’t even a part of you. We’re gonna pluck it out and keep on moving.

We do workouts to build fitness, never to prove fitness. Besides, you don’t have anything to prove to me. I know what a badass you are. No matter how bad the storm, or how big the splinter, you will remain.

You are coached. You are loved. And you are winning at life.

Coach MK Fleming is the founder of Fitness Protection, LLC where she coaches all kinds of runners for $30 per month and gives marathon plans away for free. Click here to download her Marathon Selection Guide!

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