WHAT IS IT?
Mentoring gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced mindfulness instructor to guide and accelerate your practice, directed by the ways in which you want to grow.
So how does it work?
Mentors meet with mentees via Skype for 30-minute sessions either weekly or bi-weekly, depending on your preference and need. We’ll work together to identify your goals – a challenge you’re hitting up against in your relationships that you’d like to work through, getting to know yourself emotionally and understand what all those strange sensations are trying to tell you, moving towards classical enlightenment, whatever is coming up for you. We’ll develop strategies for meditation on the cushion and in daily life to help move you forward in your growth area, drawing primarily from Shinzen Young’s Basic Mindfulness System, Motivational Interviewing, attachment theory, and foundational principles of Buddhism. Each session we will check in about how these strategies are going, adjust and expand what tools you’re working with to bring you closer to where you want to be, and use mindfulness to support you through the inevitable ups and downs of life beyond your specific goal area.
Who is mentorship for?
Mentorship is a helpful accelerant and support in anyone’s mindfulness practice, from novice to seasoned practitioner. If you relate to any of these statements, mentorship could be particularly valuable for you:
- I’m just starting a mindfulness practice, and I’m not sure what to do or how to begin
- I want to meditate regularly, but I just can’t seem to get myself to do it
- I’ve been practicing for a while, and I feel like I’ve reached a plateau. I don’t know what to do next or how to move forward
- I can tell I'm ready to go deeper in my practice, but I don't know how to get there by myself
- I want to know and understand myself better – particularly on an emotional level
- I can see myself repeating patterns in my behavior or relationships and I want to dislodge those patterns
- I want to move towards classical enlightenment
Mentorship is not therapy or a substitute for therapy. It is a way to open up new possibilities through supported and structured mindfulness practice.
Some common topics
- Setting aside your inner critic
- Making a substantial personal change
- Dealing with overwhelm and busyness
- Balancing work and family
- Rediscovering passion and joy in our work
- Working through self limiting beliefs
- Reducing stress and reactivity in our relationships
- Starting or supporting a meditation or spiritual practice
- Finding direction and support through life’s many transitions
- Setting and staying in touch with intentions
- Getting motivated and being held accountable for our plans
- Accomplishing a dream or something that is important to them
- Overcoming chaos and creating a simpler, more organized life
- Accessing your deepest passions & dreams and living them out
- Creating a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in life
- Having more fun, happiness and passion for life
- Taking steps towards living a fulfilled and authentic life
How it works
Let's talk! The first session is free and is intended to help you find out what coaching can do, determine if coaching is the right path for you and if all that sounds great, to see if we are a good match. If all the elements are there we can talk about next steps and becoming a client. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Coaching/Mentoring" in the subject for rates and to schedule a free introductory session.
I suggest an initial commitment of 3 months, after which we continue month-to-month based on their needs. Sessions are scheduled bi-weekly, which allows you time to integrate each session and be held accountable for whatever you might be working on in between sessions.
- The initial session is 90 minutes long to allow us to thoroughly review the intake documents, get a working understanding of your goals and the process. We also establish any logistical aspects at this time.
- Follow up sessions are typically 50 minutes.
- All sessions are over the phone or via Skype.
- If you are located in Brooklyn we can discuss the potential of in-person meetings.
You are welcome to email me in-between sessions if you want to book-end an action, send me updates on what you are doing, or want me to review a plan.
I ask for a 24-hour notice of cancellation, in which case I can fully refund or credit your payment.
I offer my time on a sliding scale.