Developing and sustaining curiosity about what is discovered within is often the beginning of a pathway toward new possibilities. It is in pushing away – trying to ignore and distract from experiencing parts of oneself that seem to ooze out in ways that are problematic – that those parts often become “louder”, more insistent to have their way. They become more extreme, entrenched and rigid. In a safe context and at a safe pace tuning in to those parts of you can become a pathway to healing and greater ease.
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I recently heard a great quote. It goes something like this: “I can navigate the river of feelings because I know how to swim”. I know that paying attention to difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences can be scary and sometimes feel overwhelming. But, in a safe setting and at a safe pace, tuning into, examining and expressing those difficult things is liberating. They will no longer have the charge over you/within you that they did. This experience over time builds confidence about your ability to “swim in the river of feeling”. Then you can move more freely in your relationships, in your work, in your life.
There is so much to find out – about your capacity to create more of what you want in your life. There is also the discovery of what is actually within your grasp to change (you) – as well as how to better manage the things which lie outside of your control. There is a lot of relief that comes as a result of making this discovery.
I have posted this before and I post it again:
“The irony is this: if you don’t go in, you can’t find out” – Richard Stine
Did you ever watch Mister Rogers when you were little? He was so kind and wise and patient. Here is one of my favorite things he said: “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know we’re not alone.”
“The irony is this: if you don’t go in, you can’t find out”
— Richard Stine