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Here’s an Imagery exercise that others have used successfully for maintaining the heart’s rhythm. As with all Imagery, the exercise begins–and often instructs you– to “Close your eyes and breathe out three times” –and afterward you may hear instructions to “breathe out one time.” Your eyes remain closed unless instructed to “breathe out one time and open your eyes.
There is a specific breathing technique for Imagery that emphasizes the out breath. The out breath (Breathe out three times) is a long slow exhalation through the lips. It’s like gently blowing out a candle. This is followed by a natural in-breath. The instructions tell you how many time to repeat this cycle of breathing.
The key with Imagery is “less is more.” Stay in the Imagery only as long as the audio instructions indicate. There is quiet space on the audio for your Imagery to emerge, followed by “breathe out one time and open your eyes, which signals the end of the exercise.
Do the Imagery three time a day, before breakfast, lunch and before going to bed at night. Also do the exercise as soon as you feel your heart beginning to beat irregularly. You may find it useful to memorize the exercise to have it at the ready for these times.
A Heart in Perfect Rhythm Imagery Narrative
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See and hear a metronome moving and ticking in perfect rhythm. With your eyes remaining closed, breathe out one time. Feel and hear your heart beating in the rhythm of the metronome.
Breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Click below for audio of the A Heart in Perfect Rhythm Imagery exercise.