“Hakarat Hatov” means “recognizing the good” in Hebrew.
In Sanskrit, the practice of “Santosha” or “contentment” has similar meaning.
We often call it gratitude, or thanksgiving. It is fairly easy to list a few things or people for whom you are grateful, but I invite you to take 3-4 minutes to actually fully embody gratitude…To notice the profound effect it has on your body, your heart, your breath, your spirit.
Find a comfortable place to sit and gently close your eyes.
Imagine you are a hot, steamy cup of water, preparing to make of yourself a tea of gratitude.
Take a few breaths for each of the ingredients you add to your tea.
Your infusion includes “hakarat hatov” of the following:
1) ONE part of your body that is working well
2) ONE person in your life
3) ONE basic need that is met for you (example, clean water, heat, etc)
4) ONE luxury you enjoy (for this, bring to mind all the people and activities that have come together to make this luxury available to you. Feel your interconnectedness with them, and the ways you support each other)
5) Steep in this tea. Notice the changes in your body and mind, as you take in the good of your life.
Namaste and L’Shalom,