The power of gratitude

Posted on Friday 12 July 2024

The power of gratitude

Fionnuala Gill in Dingle, County Kerry

I have been reflecting recently on all the things I am grateful for in my life and, once again, the presence of mindfulness and my commitment to living in as mindful way as I can are high on my list of things to be hugely grateful for! The way I relate to others and the way I relate to myself are fundamentally changing in very profound and positive ways as I deepen and constantly renew my commitment to daily mindfulness practice, and the moments of my life are more vivid, more real than ever before. Increasingly, as my awareness grows, I also see my constant opportunities for growth and learning and am becoming more fully present to the gifts that each day holds… what greater blessing could there be! Present moment, wonderful moment…

This week the great mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh comes to our shores and will speak in Dublin on April 11th before leading a four-day retreat in Killarney. I attended a retreat in the tradition of Plum Village (the monastic community that Thich Nhat Hanh set up in France many years ago) towards in the end of 2011 and was very touched by the depth, simplicity, gentleness and joy of his teachings, so for those of you curious or drawn to learn more, his visit to Ireland will be streamed live. The event in Dublin will be streamed via Mindfulness Ireland  and the dharma talks from the Killarney retreat will be streamed via LiveStream.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be adding further mindfulness resources to the website. In the meantime, I am always happy to hear from those who would like to know more about mindfulness or my work… and I leave you with a some wonderful wisdom from Marcel Proust:

‘The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having fresh eyes.’

May we all see with such healing vision!



  1. Tom Raymont on April 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks Fi, beautiful words. I saw TNH in the Festival Hall and Trafalgar square last week and it was great to sit with him and his teachings. The chant too "Namo Valokitesvaraya" was sung with stunning beauty. Loads of love to you. xx T

  2. Patrick Hunter on May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Fresh Eyes indeed. One of the blessings of this life for which I am thankful are the relationships that I have which offer each day a fresh eye to see the world. Living with a six year old I am reminded each day of the beauty and wonder of this world when viewed with fresh eyes.

  3. Kathleen Leavey on May 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Fionnuala, woh, there are no words to describe your music…I will do my best…truly inspiring, unbelievably have some very special and unique gifts.

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