Men Talking Mindfulness

Men Talking Mindfulness

Welcome to Men Talking Mindfulness - raw, uncut, and unapologetic conversations about mindfulness. Hosted by retired Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness coach, Jon Macaskill, and renowned NYC yoga instructor and mindfulness guru, Will Schneider, MTM is dedicated to helping men and those with men in their lives navigate life's complex challenges through mindfulness practices. Each episode delves into a range of topics, including mental health, relationships, personal growth, and resilience, offering practical advice and techniques to cultivate mindfulness and improve overall well-being.


June 5, 2023 64 mins

“Virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions,” said Aristotle. The writer Will Durant interpreted this as: “We are what we repeatedly do… therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit.”  Meaning … excellence is NOT what we do once. It’s a way of LIFE … and that’s what we’re talking about today - habits… breaking the bad ones and starting the good ones!  

Welcome to "Men Talking Mindfulness," a show where we delve...

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Join Jon Macaskill, a retired Navy SEAL turned mindfulness teacher, and his cohost, renowned NYC Yoga and mindfulness guru Will Schneider, as they revisit an enlightening episode of "Men Talking Mindfulness." In this replay, they interview Dr. Uma Naidoo, author of the groundbreaking book "This Is Your Brain on Food," diving deep into the fascinating world of the mind-gut connection. Dr. Naidoo, a leading expert in nutritional psyc...
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In this captivating replay episode of "Men Talking Mindfulness," Jon Macaskill, a retired Navy SEAL turned mindfulness teacher, and his cohost, renowned NYC Yoga and mindfulness guru Will Schneider, invite acclaimed author James Nestor to delve into the transformative power of breath, inspired by his groundbreaking book, "Breath." As the conversation unfolds, listeners are taken on a profound journey, exploring the hidden potentia...
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Content warning: Discussion of childhood sexual abuse.

In today's episode, we are joined by Rich Harris, a music composer, filmmaker, storyteller, and philanthropist who has a passion for helping disadvantaged teenagers through music and creativity. If Rich's voice sounds familiar that because he is the man behind our intro and outro! In today's discussion, we will delve into Rich's story and explore how mindfulness...

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In this episode of Men Talking Mindfulness, retired Navy SEAL Commander, Jon Macaskill, and NYC Yoga guru, Will Schneider, sit down with Dr. Carole Hooven, author of T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us. Dr. Hooven's research focuses specifically on the role of testosterone in human behavior, and in this episode, she shares her insights on the impact of T across the animal kingdom.

The convers...

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May 1, 2023 79 mins

Today we've brought in author, leadership consultant, and retired Army Ranger Lieutenant Colonel, JC Glick, to help us understand and break down intentional living.

In this episode we will explore:

  • What the heck does “Everything you know today is wrong” mean?
  • Why is intentional living so impactful?
  • The ingredients of intentional living.
  • What are the obstacles?
  • And if you haven’t been living life on your terms, wher...
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April 24, 2023 65 mins

Today we brought in Lane Belone, a former Green Beret turned entrepreneur, healer, and spiritual seeker. With his diverse experiences, Lane brings a unique perspective on managing overwhelm, which is our topic for this episode.

(00:00) Managing Overwhelm with Lane Belone
(04:30) Jon leads Opening Grounding Practice ~2 min
(08:00) What “overwhelm” means and what it can look like
(14:00) The opposite of overw...

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In this insightful episode, we dive deep into the fascinating intersection of mindfulness and artificial intelligence (AI). We are joined by a special guest, Mark Montalban (Mon-TuL-Bawn), the Founder and CEO of MindfulText, a mindfulness-based text message learning platform.

(00:00) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mindfulness with Mark Montalban
(06:30) Will leads Opening Grounding Practice ~2 min
(09:00) H...

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April 10, 2023 79 mins

Today Jon and Will are speaking with two exceptional guests, Jeff Harris and Mark Paske. Both are successful executives who have harnessed the power of mindfulness in their everyday lives and today we'll learn why they started on the journey to mindfulness, what it has changed for them, what practice looks like, and much more!

(00:00) Everyman Mindfulness Part 2
(04:00) Will leads Opening Grounding Practice ~...

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Dr. Bertin has worked with individuals with ADHD for over 20 years, and is the author of several books, including "Mindful Parenting for ADHD" and "How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids." He is also a mindfulness teacher and regularly trains parents, educators, and healthcare professionals on how to integrate mindfulness into their work with individuals with...

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March 27, 2023 64 mins

This week is a special episode with just Jon and Will! They discuss what it means to find your purpose, how you might go about it, and why it's important. Tune in to this enlightening episode and embark on your journey of self-discovery, fueled by the power of mindfulness and meditation. Whether you're new to these practices or a seasoned practitioner, this episode offers valuable insights and practical tips to help you unc...

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Is "Pain weakness leaving the body" or is pain an indication that something is wrong? 

According to Dr, Lorimer Moseley - neither! 

Dr. Lorimer Moseley is a pain scientist, educator and clinician. He has authored over 400 scientific articles and seven books. His contribution to our understanding of how pain works, why pain sometimes persists, and what can be done to reduce persisting pain, has been recognised by awards or...

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This a great meditation to step away from all the chaos and use self-compassion to get your mind and heart back on track.

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This week Jon and Will take a deep dive into the power of Self-Compassion with best selling author Dr. Kristin Neff, who is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion nearly twenty years ago. She has been recognized as one of the most influential researc...

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CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of a suicide attempt
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Join Jon and Will as they talk with Matt Hogan about changing our perception of what it means to succeed. Matt's own personal journey of mastering his life through a growing connection with his own inner teacher and guidance, has forged the foundation for what inspir...

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Come back and use this breathing practice any time you need a quick reset. 
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Jump in and practice this 4min Breathing technique that will help you to: Let go of your Drama Reset your mind Relax your body What's possible if you do this a few times a day - every two hours??
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March 6, 2023 73 mins

Jon really doesn't want to do the show today. Maybe Will can help him figure out why he's putting it off and ways to get motivated?

Today Jon and Will talk about procrastination, why we do it, the ways it's affecting us, and how we can overcome it.

(00:00) Overcoming Procrastination
(07:30) Jon leads Opening Grounding Practice (~2 min)
(10:00) Some quotes to live by
(13:30) What is procrastinatio...

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February 27, 2023 50 mins

Nick Jonsson, a Singapore-based Swedish expat, is the co-founder and Managing Director of one of Asia's premiere networking organizations, Executives' Global Network (EGN) Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia. But it wasn't always this way.

Several years ago Nick nearly died of alcoholism because of the lack of emotional resources available to him. While the external world continued to view Jonsson as a successful executive, he was ...

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February 20, 2023 80 mins

Jed Diamond joins Jon and Will to discuss the health issues afflicting men, their origins, and what can be done to help men lead a healthier and happier life.

Dr. Jed Diamond is one of the world’s leading experts in Gender Medicine and Men’s Health. He has written seventeen books, including international best-sellers Surviving Male Menopause and The Irritable Male Syndrome. His latest book, Long Live Men! The Moonshot Mission to He...

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