Dec 21, 2020
After 20+ years as both an enlisted sailor and a
commissioned US Navy SEAL officer, Jon Macaskill transitioned
out of the military in August 2020. Furthermore, he says his Navy
journey was a wild ride and things didn’t go quite as planned. But,
he says, they definitely worked out for the best!
Jon says he's been blessed to serve with some of the
greatest men and women in the world, see places and do things most
only read or dream about. Also, he’s thankful for the opportunity
to honorably serve his country and defend his fellow Americans.
Now Jon is the Deputy Executive Director for
Veteran’s PATH. Veteran’s PATH is a nonprofit helping veterans
rediscover meaning, purpose and joy through mindfulness, meditation
and a safe community.
- First, Jon talks about what he did when he enlisted
in the Navy.
- Then Emily shares a story from
Chris Stricklin's Onward Podcast
episode that explains the importance of Jon's enlisted
- Also, they discussed the lives he may have
- Then Jon talks about why he decided to attend the
U.S. Naval Academy and become a SEAL.
- After that, Jon describes the positions he held
throughout his Naval career.
- Emily asks what the toughest part of being a SEAL
was for Jon.
- Next, Emily asks how meditation would have helped
Jon be a better SEAL.
- Jon responds by explaining how meditation could
have helped him throughout his life.
- Veteran’s PATH is the nonprofit Jon works for
- He teaches mindfulness and meditation to veterans
and service members.
- PATH stands for: Peace Acceptance Transformation
- Jon shares how he felt hopeless when his daughter
has a major surgery.
- After his daughter's illness, Jon took a job as the
Commander of a Navy Operational Support Command.
- Two days before his Change of Command, Jon
received a call from his sister to say she'd been battered by her
- Consequently, Jon's reaction led to electronic
harassment charges and he was not allowed to take over his new
- Ultimately his anger led to sadness and
- Past trauma and survivor guilt had bubbled back to
- And, the medication numbed Jon's pain to the point
he didn't enjoy life anymore.
- Also, he came off mediCation and doctor recommended
- Jon explains how he stuck with meditation for
months and how the effects started lasting longer.
- Ultimately, he was able to talk about his
- Than, Emily refers to a past
Onward Podcast episode about
- When ignored, feelings go to the basement and
- Emily asks how Jon deals with the thoughts in his
head when he meditates.
- The more he practiced mindfulness the less he had
to think about it.
- Next Jon explains how meditation and mindfulness
helped him enjoy simple things like feeding his baby
- And, he was able to be in the moment and not think
about his task list.
- Emily describes her frustrations from her last job
and how she incorrectly assumed once she retired things would get
better and she's slow down.
- Jon explains that “meditate” is on his daily to do
- Then Emily mentioned an
Onward Podcast episode where the guest
said if you do, do, do, you turn into do do.
- Jon says there are times when medication helps.
He's not anti-medication
- Insurance doesn't cover some of the "newer"
- Next Jon talks about some of these newer
- For anxiety, stress, depression, Jon highly
recommends meditation prior to anything else.
- Furthermore, it’s perfectly safe.
- Also, things can bubble to the surface but you can
process it properly.
- Next, Emily describes meditating for 40 days
straight and the feelings that came up.
- And these were feelings that she'd shoved to the
- Also, once she dealt with them, she felt much
- Then, Jon talks about his Veteran’s PATH podcast
and the high performing guests he interviews on his
- Finally, Emily and Jon talk about how positive
feedback helps them keep publishing podcast episodes.
- Ultimately, both Jon and Emily have a mission to