Kenley Jansen began last Monday the way he tries to begin most mornings. Soon after he woke up, in a hotel room in New York, he meditated. He listened to music to enhance his focus. On the bus ride to Citi Field, seated beside his Atlanta Braves teammates, he did breathing exercises. Several hours later, he ended his night as he prefers, something few have ever done better: He closed out the ninth inning, collecting the 357th save of his career.

Jansen, who recorded save No. 358 on Saturday, turned 34 last September. In deference to his age, in recent years he has revamped his diet and his workouts to regain the velocity of his signature cut fastball. More importantly, Jansen believes, he has reconfigured his mind. Jansen credited an embrace of therapy and meditation as vital to his revival.

“I feel like I’m a better player than even the years when I was so terrific with the Dodgers,” Jansen said. “I feel like 2021 and 2022, I feel like a better version of myself from my younger days. Because I’m more equipped, I’m more mature now. I went through stuff. I faced adversity. And when you face adversity, you have to know how to deal with it. I dealt with it, and I overcame it.”

Jansen began therapy after the 2020 season. He had captured a title with the Dodgers that fall. It was an experience, he can admit now, that was “like sweet and sour.” He savored the championship. But he also found himself unmoored by how the World Series ended. Jansen had always envisioned himself collecting the final out when Los Angeles’ drought ended. Instead he watched from the bullpen as Julio Urías closed the show.

Jansen did not blame Urías. He did not blame Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. He did not, really, even blame himself. He had rebounded from his professional nadir in 2019, but he recognized he was not the best option in the highest leverage. The realization tormented him.

“Sometimes you have to understand that guys can pick you up,” Jansen said. “But deep down, it bothers you. Because you want that ball. And you’re so used to wanting to help the organization to succeed. For me, not being there … I’m sorry, I’m not a loser. I need to be out there.”

A closer must sheath himself in armor to protect against the inevitability of late-game collapse. In order to reclaim his place as one of the game’s best, Jansen needed to drop his guard. An acknowledgment of his vulnerability allowed him to accept his agent’s suggestion about therapy. Jansen started going in 2021. He has continued it through 2022, as he acclimates to his new home in Atlanta.