Podcast 70: Creating Mindfulness in Uncertain Times: Healthy Habits

healthy habits

In Part 5 of our 6 part series on Creating Mindfulness in Uncertain Times, mindfulness teacher and emotional intelligence expert Michelle Maldonado discusses how we can establish healthy habits, create routine, and have ready resources. Rewarding yourself mindfully and strategically is one effective way to create new habits. Michelle dives into the neuroscience of how our brain works to help us understand why we need reward. We often think that our perception — how we view and look at the world — is true. However, perception is subjective and colored by our brain filling in the gaps when information is missing. The predications that our brain makes when information is not present may lead to bias judgement and bad habits. Awarenesses gives us the opportunity to challenge our bias judgements and disrupt bad habits. However, awareness must be followed responsible, healthy, and wise action. Listen in to learn how to first recognize and disrupt bad habits and judgements and second, take action to create healthy, sustainable change. 

What’s in this episode?

0:00 What’s in this episode?

2:15 Recap of the series

2:30 Creating healthy actions and routine

4:27 Perception as constructed by the brain

7:27 How subjective experience influence view of others

9:05 Awareness as a tool to disrupting perceptions

10:58 How the brain fills in missing information

15:30 Boardening awareness with intention

18:33 Resources for creating healthy habits 

19:50 The power of habit

23:07 Cue, routine, and reward

28:10 The importance community in sustainable change

29:59 Patience, kindness, compassion, and persistence

31:19 Resources – things that bring you joy

32:42 Addressing addiction by shifting routine

35:15 Asking for nutrition help

37:19 Changing routine mindfully

39:47 Recognizing a bad habit 

41:29 Checking your intention

What you will learn:

  • How perception is created by the brain
  • How awareness is a tool for disrupting perceptions
  • How the brain fills in missing information 
  • The power of habit and resources for creating habit
  • How mindfully changing routine can disrupt habit

Learn More About Michelle Maldonado

Michelle Maldonado is Founder and CEO of Lucenscia (pronounced: loo-SENSE-see-ah), a firm dedicated to human flourishing and mindful business transformation. She is an internationally certified mindfulness and emotional intelligence teacher and practitioner with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, Genos International and GolemanEI, respectively.

She is a former corporate and tech attorney turned business
leader who understands diverse industry sectors, mission, and

Michelle also serves as Senior Faculty for 1440 Multiversity’s
Leadership Center, founding faculty for Daniel Goleman’s
inaugural Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification program
and Senior Fellow with Bill George’s True North Leadership
program, co-teaching with Bill George (former CEO of Medtronic)
and Scott Kriens (Chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks) at 1440 Multiversity Retreat Center. She is a highly, sought-after keynote speaker, thought leader and strategist collaborating with government agencies, corporations, non-profits/NGOs and higher-ed communities worldwide helping to make workplaces and world places more human.

As a result of her work and impact, Michelle has been recognized
among the “12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness
Movement” (U.S. 2020), as “Woman of The Year,” “Top Corporate
Leader,” and inducted into the Golden Key International Honour
Society for her holistic approach to cultivating leadership
presence, compassion, well-being, and cultures of belonging and inclusion as well as purposeful performance and impact.

Michelle was elected to the 50th District of the Virginia House of Delegates in 2021.


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