Swimming in a river of feelings

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.