The Mentoring Session

For a mentoring session you can meet with your mentor either in person, by phone or on Zoom. (Some mentors have specific preferences.)

You’ll begin with a short meditation to help you and your mentor arrive in presence. Your mentor will either guide you in the meditation or you’ll listen to a recorded meditation together.

After this, you’ll explore what has been going on in your meditation practice. This can be an opportunity to examine the difficulties you’ve encountered as well as insights and other fruits of practice that have emerged.

You might also take time with your mentor to explore how you can enhance your meditative experience through cultivating a regular daily practice, drawing on relevant books and audio resources, and attending retreats. Your time can be spent on any aspect of meditation as well as on how mindfulness applies to various life issues.

Additionally, you might explore the broader issues in your life--how to apply mindfulness practices to the challenges of your daily life.

To apply to the mentoring program, please read the Find a Mentor page.

Studies have shown that in order to learn any new skill, a student must commit to practice. Beyond just practice, though, is the potential impact of being in relationship with someone who can provide a listening ear and feedback to help the student in their practice.

Mentoring can help you notice what is arising in your meditation practice as well as your relationship to it.
Your mentoring session may touch on areas ranging from specifics of technique to much broader issues:
  • Understanding the technique of Vipassana meditation
  • Working with challenging states that may arise when you meditate
  • Exploring how you can apply the principles of meditation in your daily life
  • Finding resources to support your continued practice
Sometimes you’ll find the perfect match. Sometimes it just isn’t there. If you find your relationship isn’t working you can terminate the  mentoring relationship and agreement at any time by telling your mentor and notifying the IMCW Mentoring Coordinator. The Mentoring Coordinator can help you find a better match. 
Mentoring is not psychotherapy, coaching, career counseling or consulting. Your mentor is here to support you in your meditation practice. If in the course of your practice you need help that exceeds the qualifications of your mentor, your mentor will help you seek the professional, therapeutic or medical help you need.
You’ll find on the Mentoring Page some mentors are available only by phone and others who prefer other ways of communication. One option you might explore is  Zoom, which can help create a bit more contact.

Many people report that after a little practice, the phone is a wonderful way to work with a mentor, saving you a lot of travel time. It will be a decision you and your mentor will make.  

In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely with the invitation for participants to offer voluntary donations to IMCW.

Please give any feedback to the Mentoring Coordinator (mentoring at imcw.org).  Your feedback is most welcome.