As Seedling mentors, our sincerest intention is that our mentees feel capable, worthy and competent. Last month’s Seedling’s Promise training sessions offered elementary school mentors the opportunity to consider mindfulness as a successful approach to building these attributes in their mentees….and themselves!
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment, letting go of
everything that is streaming through your head, and focusing on right now. Practicing
mindfulness in mentoring means letting go of your work day, your to-do list, or anything
that takes you away from being completely present and “in the moment” with your mentee.
A Non-directive approach is a wonderful companion to mindfulness when mentoring.
Based on Carl Rogers’ Child-Centered therapeutic model, the non-directive approach encourages the mentor to allow the mentee to make choices in how you spend your time together, in the activities you engage in and to allow him/her to lead the way in problem solving and making decisions. This equal partnership in the relationship empowers and affirms the mentee. Staying in the moment with your mentee as well as listening to what he/she is saying, noticing and sharing in a non-judgmental way, builds self-esteem and promotes his/her confidence. Continue reading