One of the most important job requirements for interculturalists is the ability to become aware of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, habits and patterns - in oneself and in others - to be able to navigate cultural differences effectively and productively.
Practicing mindfulness – or “present-moment awareness” - is one of the ways to develop and sharpen this ability. This session will explore the practice of mindfulness to increase and sharpen the ability to pay attention to one’s thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations thus becoming better at what interculturalists strive to do, i.e., build bridges and help create a more just and inclusive world.
This session will include a short presentation including a guided meditation, breakout groups and large group discussion with Q&A. By participating in this session, attendees will be able to
- discern what mindfulness is and how it might benefit the work of an interculturalist,
- experience mindfulness meditation as one way of practicing present-moment awareness,
- explore how to create and maintain a mindfulness practice.
Rita Wuebbeler is Founder and President of INTERGLOBE Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc., an Atlanta-based training and coaching firm. INTERGLOBE offers facilitation and coaching services in the areas of cross-cultural competency, leadership effectiveness, high-performance team development and mindfulness. Rita teaches Mindfulness at Work programs to wide audiences helping participants be more intentional in their approach to work and personal life. A meditator of almost 20 years, she leads an online weekly meditation group that is free and open to anyone and has participants from around the world. Rita recently completed a two-year mindfulness meditation teacher certificate program affiliated with Sounds True and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of Berkeley, California.