Men Talking Mindfulness
About Men Talking Mindfulness
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.
In this episode of "Men Talking Mindfulness," we discuss the art of mastering our schedules. Often, we find ourselves overwhelmed by commitments, struggling to find a balance between personal time and the demands of our busy lives. The key? Learning the power of saying 'No.' We explore practical strategies for setting boundaries and discuss how technology can be both a tool and a trap in managing our time. From the psychological impacts of an overloaded schedule to the subtle art of declining requests, we cover it all. Our conversation includes tips on using technology to our advantage, avoiding its pitfalls, and the importance of prioritizing our mental well-being. Join us as we uncover how to regain control of our time, reduce stress, and enhance our overall quality of life through mindful scheduling. Don't miss this episode packed with insights and actionable advice for anyone looking to navigate the complexities of modern life with more ease and intention. Check out our retreat... text BWELL to 33777 Check out our merch store... www.mentalkingmindfulness.com/shop Check out the Mighty Player 3 here: https://amzn.to/47A1dEw Time Stamps: (00:00:57) our schedules (00:05:20) The importance of schedules (00:09:53) Why are they busy? (00:11:19) The busy badge and masculinity (00:15:06) Decreasing productivity and personal life (00:19:24) Minimalism and enjoying life (00:21:12) Working to impress others (00:26:31) Setting realistic goals and timelines (00:29:10) Symptoms of burnout (00:34:14) Respecting boundaries and work (00:36:47) Setting boundaries and respecting yourself (00:38:45) The product is you (00:44:31) Managing time and staying effective (00:47:36) Stay mindful and grounded
In this episode of the Men Talking Mindfulness podcast, we discuss the transformative power of self-reflection. Our journey begins with understanding the essence of self-reflection and its vital role in personal growth and emotional intelligence. We explore how introspection helps in identifying and overcoming internal barriers, leading to a more fulfilled and authentic life. Check out our retreat... text BWELL to 33777 for more information. Time Stamps: (00:01:12) The power of self-reflection (00:07:12) Self-reflection (00:08:16) Self-reflection in executive leadership (00:13:15) Surprise, frustration, and failure (00:17:37) The experience of surprise (00:20:07) Frustration and visualization (00:24:41) Self-reflection and personal growth (00:27:19) Patience and growth (00:32:24) Accessing more authenticity (00:34:12) Growth mindset and self-reflection (00:39:00) Self-reflection and journaling (00:42:22) Reflection and growth through journaling (00:45:39) Going easy on yourself (00:48:44) Heartbreak as a teacher (00:52:23) Journaling and self-reflection (00:56:00) Learning from our mistakes (01:01:08) Grounding and breathwork technique (01:03:52) The Garden of the Gods
In our latest episode, we sit down with the extraordinary Aaron Hale, a former EOD warrior whose life is a testament to the human spirit's resilience. After an IED took his sight in Afghanistan, Aaron faced the darkness with unyielding courage and a will of iron. 🚀 Join us as we explore Aaron's remarkable journey of transformation. From the 100% blinding blast and the subsequent 100% deafening infection that changed everything to the endurance and adventure sports and silent kitchen where he found his passion for culinary arts, his story is one of true inspiration. We delve into the strategies that kept him moving forward, the importance of a support system, and how he turned adversity into action. 💪 Aaron doesn't just share his story; he offers a blueprint for resilience. Whether you're facing your own challenges or looking for motivation to push through obstacles, this episode is a powerful reminder that we are all capable of adapting and overcoming. 🏃♂️ From running marathons to speaking on stages, Aaron's achievements go beyond the physical. His insights into mental resilience, finding new passions, and setting audacious goals will leave you empowered to tackle anything life throws your way. 🎧 Tune in, get inspired, and discover how to craft your own narrative of perseverance and triumph. Available on all streaming platforms. Don't forget to subscribe and share! Aaron's website: www.eodfudge.com. Podcast: Point of Impact. TikTok: @eodconfections with his show, Cooking without Looking. Time Stamps: (00:02:03) Overcoming adversity (00:06:21) Aaron's background and Navy experience (00:11:43) EOD techs and their duty (00:18:29) Losing my helmet (00:19:58) Coming to grips with blindness (00:27:58) Reframing adversity and finding purpose (00:30:33) Blind rehabilitation and daily living skills (00:34:24) The struggle with meningitis (00:42:12) Courage and trust in adversity (00:45:28) Balance and fear in running (00:52:36) Endurance sports and trust (00:57:45) Starting a TikTok cooking show (01:02:08) Running multiple marathons in months (01:06:24) When I slow down, things start falling apart (01:09:39) EOD Fudge and podcast
In this invigorating replay episode of the Men Talking Mindfulness Podcast, we delve into the powerful synergy between physical well-being and mental clarity with Dr. Theresa Larson. A Marine veteran with an inspiring journey that bridges the intensity of military discipline and professional softball with the healing grace of physical therapy, Dr. Larson brings her unique insights to our conversation on holistic health. Join hosts Jon Macaskill and Will Schneider as they explore with Dr. Larson the intricate tapestry of the human body and mind. We'll discuss how mindfulness and meditation contribute to mental resilience, and how innovative physical therapy techniques and yoga can transform our physical experiences. Dr. Larson's expertise will shed light on how veterans and civilians alike can achieve a fit body and a fit mind, unveiling the interconnected pathways to overall wellness. Tune in for an episode filled with actionable advice, heartfelt stories of transformation, and a deep dive into the mindfulness practices that can fortify both mind and body against life’s challenges. Whether you’re looking to enhance your mental fitness, physical health, or both, this conversation promises to guide you on your journey to holistic health.
Ok… we screwed up. This was supposed to be an interview with Judson Brandeis, MD but we messed up the calendar invitation and missed a voice mail… so… we didn’t have the interview we’d planned. But Will and I rolled with the punches and embraced the suck - getting comfortable being uncomfortable! Totally unplanned and off the cuff… here it is! (00:04:27) Men's health and better sex. (00:09:56) Cold shower techniques. (00:12:19) Cold plunging for self-mastery. (00:14:55) Brown fat and cold adaptation. (00:18:35) Uncomfortable situations in Afghanistan. (00:23:19) Habit recognition and phone usage. (00:26:11) Social media and anxiety. (00:30:48) Two Types of Beer. (00:33:06) Embracing the pain. (00:38:58) Pushing beyond physical limits. (00:41:19) Runner's high and pushing limits. (00:44:57) Stickers and spreading the love. (00:48:39) New tools and insights.
In this special episode of "Men Talking Mindfulness," we're putting our audience in the spotlight. We've gathered a collection of thoughtful questions submitted via our voice memo system and are addressing them live on the air. From the intricacies of meditation practices to broader questions about overall wellness, join hosts Jon and Will as they jump into the topics you're curious about. Whether you're a mindfulness novice or a seasoned practitioner, this episode promises insights, clarity, and a deeper connection with our community. Tune in to hear real questions from real listeners and our take on them. Your journey into mindfulness might just find a new direction today. Looking for more resources? Dive deeper into mindfulness with us: 🔗 Show Website: Discover more about our journey and episodes at www.mentalkingmindfulness.com 🛍️ Merchandise Store: Wear your mindfulness on your sleeve! Check out our exclusive merchandise at www.mentalkingmindfulness.com/shop. 🧘♂️ Weekly Meditation with Will: Join Will for his weekly meditation class on https://insighttimer.com/willnotfear. 🧘 Jon on Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/jondmac01 🎵 Meditation Playlist: Set the mood for your meditation sessions with our curated Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6Uv1ai3XSNBHuvaZXf3HAY?si=74e618e15dac4733&nd=1. 💨 Breathing Practice: Re-energize and find your center with Wim Hof's Guided Breathing Practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tybOi4hjZFQ. Remember, mindfulness is a journey, not a destination. We're here to walk with you every step of the way. Time Stamps: Sure, here's the list with parentheses: (00:02:04) International merch sale. (00:04:57) Taking deep breaths for relaxation. (00:09:01) Preparing for a successful speech. (00:12:29) Incorporating meditation in the workplace. (00:15:32) Mindfulness in meetings. (00:19:18) Embracing the warrior spirit. (00:23:28) Getting back to nature. (00:27:24) Mindfulness as a performance enhancer. (00:30:10) Overall well-being in the workplace. (00:34:09) Getting to calm. (00:38:08) Starting small with meditation. (00:41:15) Mindfulness and meditation resources. (00:44:14) Regulation during heated moments. (00:47:09) Mindfulness and meditation in relationships. (00:52:09) Worst piece of advice. (00:56:31) Mental and emotional well-being. (00:58:41) Prioritizing mental and physical well-being. (01:02:30) Deepening mindfulness practice. (01:06:31) Psychedelics and consciousness exploration. (01:10:34) Taking a Retreat. (01:15:12) How to regulate oneself.
In "Microdose #10," we get into the profound connection between nutrition, hydration, and mental well-being. Drawing insights from our enlightening conversation with Dr. Uma Naidoo, this episode highlights the significance of the brain-gut relationship and the mental benefits of staying hydrated and consuming mood-boosting foods.
This meditation offers solace and healing during moments of desolation or heartache. Crafted as a beacon of light, it guides participants from acknowledging their feelings without judgment, to visualizing a radiant light that provides cleansing and comfort. Heart-focused breathing techniques allow individuals to reconnect with their inherent worth, while a series of affirmations reinforces resilience, love, and the inevitability of brighter days. Closing with a powerful visualization of life's ebb and flow, this meditation reminds listeners of their strength and the cyclical nature of emotions. Ideal for anyone seeking to find balance and calm in turbulent times, it's a gentle journey towards renewal and rejuvenation.
Today, in this replay episode, we are going to be talking about body image and how the way we view ourselves is often distorted and how that distorted view of ourselves can lead to pain, depression, and anxiety and hold us back from doing so much! Please note: This topic may be very sensitive to many. We are doing this episode to expand awareness of these challenges and the subsequent problems they may make even worse. Please be aware this episode COULD potentially trigger some very raw emotions and reactions. We address body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts and actions. If any of this is sensitive, again, please be aware these are addressed. Additionally, if any of this is a challenge you're having trouble overcoming, please seek help. Will and Jon are NOT professional clinicians and nothing stated during this episode should be taken or perceived as medical advice. Though we will talk broadly about body image, we will also get into speaking specifically about MEN and body image as this is typically seen as something that affects females more than males… and this may even be true - BUT it IS still a problem for boys and men and we want to make sure it IS known amongst that population and addressed! Announcements Follow us on YouTube… and subscribe make sure to hit the little bell to get notified of new content… the new link is simply youtube.com/@mentalkingmindfulness Some sites referenced in our show: Confident Body, Confident Child: https://www.confidentbody.net National Eating Disorder Association: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/body-image-0 Newport Institute Article on Men and Body Image: https://www.newportinstitute.com/resources/co-occurring-disorders/male-body-issues/ Time Stamps (00:00) Body Image (04:00) Save the date - our next Retreat is May 18-21, 2023! (06:00) Will leads Opening Grounding Practice (~2 min) (08:00) Defining “Body Image” (12:00) Will’s personal experience with Body Image (23:00) Jon’s personal experience (35:00) What’s setting up these expectations? (51:00) Why do men not talk about or seek help with body image issues? (54:00) Associated issues (01:05:00) How does this prevent us from living our best life? (01:07:00) Possible ways to prevent negative body image (01:19:00) Potential treatments (01:29:30) Jon leads Closing Practice (~5 min)
In “Microdose #8” explore the powerful role of mindfulness in fostering emotional resilience. Dive into how being present and self-aware can enhance our ability to navigate life’s challenges, offering a path to face adversities with grace, strength, and adaptability.
In this episode of Men Talking Mindfulness, we welcome back Dr. Shauna “Doc” Springer, a globally recognized expert on psychological trauma, military transition, and close relationships. Known as a trusted Doc to our nation's military warfighters, her insights have shaped trauma recovery approaches and have been sought by renowned platforms from CNN to Psychology Today. Previously, we discussed Men and Therapy. This time, we pivot our focus to a profound and deeply impactful topic: Moral Injury. As the author of acclaimed books like 'WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us' and co-author of 'BEYOND THE MILITARY: A Leader’s Handbook for Warrior Reintegration', Doc Springer is uniquely positioned to guide us through the complexities of moral wounds, often suffered by those who face situations that clash with their ethical or moral beliefs. With her two decades of experience at the extremities of human experience, we'll explore the nuances of moral injury, its effects on individuals and communities, and the path to healing and reconciliation. Through the lens of Doc Springer's extensive work with our nation's defenders and her innovative approach combining biological and psychological interventions, this conversation promises deep introspection, enlightenment, and understanding. Join us for a journey into the heart of moral consciousness, its fractures, and the resilient spirit that seeks to mend it. Whether you're a veteran, a loved one, or someone who seeks to understand the depths of human experience, this episode offers a beacon of insight and hope. Links:The Shot (movie mentioned by Shauna): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTwoKMUBJFA Doc's site: https://www.shaunaspringer.com Ketamine is not God, written by Doc: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/free-range-psychology/202306/ketamine-is-not-god The Stella Center: https://stellacenter.com/ Warrior Book: https://www.amazon.com/WARRIOR-How-Support-Those-Protect/dp/1736824406/ Relentless Courage Book: https://www.amazon.com/Relentless-Courage-Winning-Against-Frontline/dp/B0CBL6GQSN/ref=sr_1_1?crid=USSR08SPJIKC&keywords=relentless+courage&qid=1696453129&s=books&sprefix=relentless+courage%2Cstripbooks%2C124&sr=1-1 Time Stamps: (00:01:02) The realm of moral injury. (00:05:10) Moral injury and friendship. (00:09:26) Defining moral injury. (00:13:30) Expanding understanding of moral injury. (00:19:14) A clear moral code. (00:23:30) Warrior code and trust. (00:26:13) Moral injury in Vietnam war. (00:30:39) Serious moral injuries in war. (00:33:10) Moral injury and first responders. (00:37:13) Treating the biological injury. (00:43:21) Shame and suicidal thinking. (00:45:43) Betrayal and moral injury. (00:49:19) Creating awareness and healing. (00:53:12) Biological therapies and ketamine. (00:57:44) Ketamine is not God. (01:01:20) Therapist attachment and dangers. (01:05:10) Mindfulness as a way of living. (01:09:41) Biological treatment and psychological insights. (01:14:23) Warrior master guide for mental wellness. (01:16:50) Reviews and book success. (01:21:33) Belief in what you're doing.
In "Microdose #6: Mindfulness for an Integrated Life," we guide you on a path to cultivating a harmonious integration of your work life and personal life through mindfulness practices. From digital detoxes to self-care rituals, discover practical strategies that help foster presence, appreciation, and deeper connections in all spheres of life. Join us as we delve into how mindfulness can be your steadfast companion in nurturing satisfaction and fulfillment, paving the way for a truly integrated life.
In this thought-provoking and profoundly moving episode of Men Talking Mindfulness, we welcome back a cherished voice and a dear friend of the show, Elaine Smookler. Elaine, a seasoned mindfulness instructor and a compassionate guide, joins us once again to explore a topic that is often shrouded in fear and uncertainty – preparing for the end of life with mindful awareness. In our conversation, Elaine sheds light on the transformative power of embracing our mortality with openness, acceptance, and presence. She guides us through the intricate pathways of end-of-life awareness, offering insights and practices to cultivate a sense of peace and fulfillment in life’s final chapter. Together, we uncover the layers of meaning, connection, and reflection that arise when we confront our own impermanence with a mindful heart. Key Takeaways: - Mindful Reflections: Explore the role of mindfulness in unraveling the complexities of our thoughts and emotions as we approach life’s end. - Embracing Impermanence: Learn how acknowledging and accepting our mortality can deepen our appreciation for life and foster a sense of gratitude and presence. - Navigating Connections: Discover the beauty of fostering meaningful relationships and expressing love and forgiveness as we prepare for the final farewell. - Creating Legacy: Reflect on the impact of our lives, the memories we leave behind, and the legacy we wish to create. Join us on this poignant journey with Elaine Smookler as we delve into the depths of end-of-life awareness, uncovering the treasures of wisdom, love, and serenity that lie within the mindful embrace of our mortality. This episode is an invitation to look into the mirror of our existence, to find solace in our shared humanity, and to walk the path of life with grace and mindful presence until the very end. Don’t miss this touching exploration of life, loss, and the mindful preparation for the ultimate transition. Listen, reflect, and embrace the wisdom within every moment. Mindfulness Informed End of Life Care Certification at the University of Toronto: https://learn.utoronto.ca/programs-courses/certificates/mindfulness-informed-end-life-care Find Elaine here: http://www.elainesmookler.com Time Stamps: (00:02:53) Mindfully preparing for the end of life. (00:07:38) Role of humor and joy. (00:08:14) Dealing with unexpected loss. (00:12:24) Self-compassion and preparing for end of life. (00:16:00) Death and cultural perceptions. (00:20:26) Pain management and cultural differences. (00:26:07) Accepting impending death. (00:29:25) Last opportunity to communicate. (00:34:13) Healing after death. (00:36:07) Living up to your potential. (00:42:26) Practicalities while they're still with us. (00:45:56) Figure out what you want done with your remains. (00:49:23) The role of humor. (00:51:15) Humor at funerals. (00:55:32) Recognizing the power of music. (00:59:09) Anger and blaming others. (01:04:06) Reaching out for support. (01:06:09) Losing a child. (01:11:51) Mindfulness Informed End of Life Care Certificate. (01:14:19) Practicing dying. (01:17:15) Leading a meaningful life. (01:26:30) The practice of dying. (01:27:26) Personal research through loss.
Dive into "Microdose #5: Mindfulness — The Gateway to Enhanced Productivity" as we explore the transformative role of mindfulness in boosting productivity. Learn how being fully present and engaged in your tasks can foster clarity, focus, and efficiency, breaking the cycle of perpetual busyness. This episode shares insightful practices, from mindful morning rituals to the Pomodoro Technique, to help you navigate your daily responsibilities with a calm and centered approach. Join us to discover how mindfulness can be your secret tool to a balanced and fulfilling work life.
In "Microdose #4: Mindful Leadership," we explore the transformative impact of mindfulness on leadership. Uncover how the principles of mindfulness, such as self-awareness and empathy, can craft leaders who are not only effective but also compassionate and resilient. Dive into the essential building blocks of mindful leadership and learn practical tips to start incorporating mindfulness into your leadership style. Whether you are an aspiring leader or looking to enhance your existing leadership skills, this episode guides you on how to foster a work environment grounded in understanding and collaborative success.
Embark on a journey to kickstart your day with energy and focus through this guided meditation. This practice begins with a grounding introduction, leading you to a revitalizing breathing exercise designed to infuse vitality into your being. Progressing through an activating body scan, you'll awaken each part of your body, preparing it for the day ahead. Visualization exercises encourage you to envision your day with clarity and purpose, while a dedicated section immerses you in positivity, fostering joy, love, and strength to face challenges resiliently. The meditation concludes by sealing in this cultivated positivity and gently transitioning you back to your environment, leaving you with a lingering sense of joy, a mindful commitment to maintaining this state, and a smile to carry into your day.
In "Microdose #3: Wellness Through Mindfulness," we delve into the symbiotic relationship between mindfulness and holistic wellness. Discover how grounding yourself in the present moment can foster harmony between mind, body, and spirit. Through simple practices like breath awareness and mindful eating, you'll learn to nurture a deeper connection with yourself, paving the way for a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Join us as we explore the practical pathways to achieving wellness through mindfulness.