The River of Feelings
“Our feelings play a very important part in directing all of our thoughts and actions. In us, there is a river of feelings, in which every drop of water is a different feeling, and each feeling relies on all the others for its existence. To observe it, we just sit on the bank of the river and identify each feeling as it surfaces, flows by and disappear. There are three sorts of feelings – pleasant, unpleasant, and neurtal. When we have an unpleasant feelings, we may want to chase it away. But it is more effective to return to our conscous breathing and just oberve it, identifying it silently to ourselves; “Breathing in, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me. Breathing out, I know there is an unpleasant feeling in me” Calling a feeling by its name, such as anger, sorrow, joy or happiness helps us identify it clearly and recognise it more deeply”
by Thich Nhat Hanh in his book Peace is every step. The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.