Meditation

September 2021

Mind your Nervous System with MBSR

NEW 8 weeks Live Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course

Course Dates & Times:

14th October, 21st October, 28th October: 10.30am-12.30pm,

4th November, 11th November, 18th November: 10.30am-12.30pm,

2nd December, 9th December: 10.30am-12.30pm,

7th November – 1 day practice: 10.30am-4.00pm

Group size – max. 12 participants

Facilitator: Luminita Buzescu (BA, FTAI, ICP& EAP, Cert. MBSR-MBCT)

Cost: €315 includes

  • Teaching: 8 x 2 hour sessions& Day of Mindfulness Practice by Skype
  • Participant’s Manual& 3 practice CDs posted to you
  • Video call with your teacher prior to the beginning of the course
  • CPD points are awarded

Your investment

  • Cost of course
  • Course participation& 45 minutes to 1 hour daily for meditation practice between the sessions
  • Openness to learning meditation in a group format
  • Creating some space to apply course skills in daily life

How to register for the course:

  1. Making contact by phone or email. On the initial contact, we will arrange a time for the video call.
  2. Video-call with your teacher prior to booking. Information about each participant will be held in confidence.
  3. Payment details will be sent to you. Fees are non-returnable. The Manual and Practice CDs will be posted to you after the booking with payment is made.
  4. You are set to start the course.

Booking with full payment before: 1st October 2021

Fees are non-refundable

To book your place, please contact Luminita on

Mobile ph: 086 4003096 or email: info@theopeningeyes.com­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ (or go to the Contact page to email)

For past MBSR participant feedback, please refer to the Testimonials section found on the About page of the website.

More information about the course:

Mindfulness is the ability to develop and maintain moment-by-moment awareness of information coming in through our senses, thoughts and emotions. An attitude of kindness to self and other and an intention to be present in body& mind to life experience are central to this meditation approach.

The experiential 8 week course draws on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA in 1970s – please find more information about MBSR at the bottom of this page. Although the programme was initially designed for stress reduction, it continued to evolve over the years to include the mind-body connection for a more holistic treatment of a variety of mental& physical health concerns.

The programme is highly experiential and includes theoretical& practical input on how mindfulness can be applied to daily living. The participants will learn several types of meditations specific to mindfulness and mindful movement including gentle hatha yoga.

Time commitment is required to practice the meditations daily between the sessions.

Some of the course themes are:

  • Awareness& Perception
  • Experiencing the Body through Mindful Movement
  • Specific methods on Mastering Response to Stress
  • Holistic Management of physical/mental/emotional Stress Triggers
  • How to work with difficult Thoughts& Emotions
  • Mindfulness perspectives in Communication& Relationships
  • Self-care going forward

Benefits of Mindfulness practice:

Studies have found physical and psychological benefits for people who have completed mindfulness training and practice mindfulness meditation regularly. Some of these benefits include:

  • An increased ability to relax and experience calm
  • Greater energy, enthusiasm and appreciation of life
  • Strengthened self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Greater ability to cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations
  • More accepting attitude toward life and its challenges
  • Enhanced quality of communication and relationships
  • Heightened clarity of thinking and intention

Frequently asked Questions about MBSR:

  1. Q: Is this course for me?

A: It may be helpful to ask yourself what your main goal is. You do not need previous experience of meditation or Yoga. Some people choose to learn mindfulness to simply practice how to become more present and aware. The course will equip you with basic meditation skills that you can take as far as you like in your own life. A flexible body or mind are not required to train in this meditation approach. Mindfulness is practiced so that one can develop and nurture mind and body flexibility in adapting to life’s situations. This course is suitable for anyone, both beginners and advanced practitioners who wish to refresh their meditation skills in a group setting. It is also a good skill to have if you are caring for another person, and for health& social care professionals whose roles may involve caring for or supporting others’ mental& physical health.

2. Q: How does this course relate to supporting the wellness of the Nervous System?

A: The extensive research performed over the years since MBSR became a highly effective holistic treatment for mind-body “dis-orders” or “dis-eases” (pun intended) in many countries, showed that the mind body-connection is essential in approaching any illness, especially those connected with the brain functions and nervous system, which are referred to as neurological disorders, in medical terms. Some of the benefits of practicing meditation regularly include: improving the cognitive function, reducing stress symptoms, enhancing clarity of mind and senses.

3. Q: What of myself do I need to engage in learning/practicing mindfulness?

A: First of all, it is your natural human ability to be more present to life. We all have it. In mindfulness practice one employs the body& mind with their known and not yet discovered abilities, such as: power of attention, observing non-judgementally, acceptance and kindness. These abilities may flourish especially when practicing taking one moment at a time to be& breathe. We also work with tendencies that may prove challenging to most people’s minds, such as those connected with difficult feelings: vulnerability, pain, tension, impulsive reactions, anger, etc.

4. Q: What do I need to practice meditation?

A: Dedicating some of your time for the course sessions and home practice. A quiet& undisturbed space that is conducive to meditation and yoga practice. Comfortable clothing, a blanket and a yoga mat for some of the practices. A comfortable chair if you prefer to use it for the meditations.

5. Q: How can I practice between the sessions?

A: The Manual and practice CDs will be posted to you (anywhere in Ireland) prior to the course. You will use these for your home practice and are yours to keep after the course ends.

6. Q: What if I encounter challenges during the course?

A: Practice has shown that Mindfulness meditation can be rewarding when practiced regularly and consistently. However, sometimes both meditation and yoga can bring up some uncomfortable thoughts or emotions that the practitioner may choose or not to work with. It is often through the process of meditation that opportunities arise to engage consciously with difficult mental patterns, as well as to tune into the more constructive habits of the mind. This is not a reason to worry, on the contrary, it is an aspect to take care of, and seek external support if necessary. Learning to meditate in a group proves to be a supportive factor for many people, as other participants may share similar or related life struggles or joys. Or, you may be able to find your own solutions over time. For any matters of concern, there are options such as seeking the support of your family or friends, where appropriate, engaging in therapy, or visiting your GP for medical advice. It is best to let your meditation teacher know as well.

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Information about Mindfulness Courses

Individual and group meditation sessions are offered live and online.

Mindfulness teaching events and workshops for groups and organisations can be tailored to the group.

I teach the standard 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). They are experiential and drawing on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a well-defined and well-researched health and psycho-educational programme developed and refined at the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass U.S.A. since late 1970s.

Body awareness and mindful movement in the form of gentle Hatha Yoga and other forms of conscious movement are included included in mindfulness training.

The MBSR& MBCT are suitable to all from any background and any level of education . If you are interested in learning more about meditation, please feel free to contact me.