A Heart-Opening Guided Meditation for Connection

Many of us are growing more and more familiar with our breath—being mindful of its natural tides, turning to it in moments of stress or anxiety, and using it as a tool for calm. Paying attention to our heart, on the other hand, is rarer—and capturing a moment with our own heartbeats can be an elusive and fleeting experience.

In this guided meditation, Los Angeles–based yoga teacher Alex Artymiak invites us to turn our attention to our hearts the same way we might practice with our breath, linking the two in a way that cultivates feelings of connection and love. It’s something that can be practiced perfectly well on your own. And to augment the experience, Artymiak suggests an exercise to share with a friend or partner, using touch and simple observation to create gentle, loving connection.

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