The 20-second break is an awareness break. It’s simply stopping what you are doing or thinking or saying or being for 20 seconds and using that 20 seconds to notice what is happening to you and around you.

It’s similar to the advice: breath before speaking when you are upset or angry. But it takes it a bit further.
It’s one cool tool to help me cope with triggers causing stress in my life.

I have a master-trigger-creator walking next to me almost 24/7. My daughter Sarina in her specialness, I’m telling you, is here for the sole purpose to teach me what I need to learn.

These 20-sec breaks are my golden tool to not fall prey to feeling trapped and helpless when challenged. Living with a high function spectrum person is walking on thin ice.

Triggers can fly around me like bugs under the street light on a summer night. With my awareness muscle strong I can manage to not to bite the hook, flip the switch and let freedom reside in my chest instead of burning up about half the time. The other half is the learning I need to do, well we all need to do until the end of time. Right?

For me making tiny steps on my path and using my tools counts!

I used the 20-sec break the other day to not burn up a relationship with a doctor I care for. If you want to read about this adventure, I wrote a blog about it. It was first published by #TheWellnessUniverse. To read it click here:

Give it a try! It offers a maximum gain in self-awareness. It’s easy yet powerful. Let me know in the comments if it works, I always love to hear from you!

Manuela Rohr is a writer and Yoga teacher/therapist BDY/EYU, C-IAYT. With roots in Germany she now lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Rosa, CA.  She is the mother of a micro preemie girl and shares her healing journey in her blogs and teachings. She shares her transformational Yoga and Mindfulness lessons in workshops and private sessions. She offers support for special moms in her private FB group.

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