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.