Flatulence: The Art Of Letting Go

 "If I could light my own farts I could fly to the moon or at least Uranus." - Robin Williams

Whether it be fear of what others think, fear of failure, or fear of the dark... Let it go, and move on. Life is pretty straightforward. You're born, you grow older, you die. There's a lot in between, but if you stored up everything you've ever been through, you'd be pretty constipated and uncomfortable, so let that shit go and remember...

SHIT HAPPENS.

You can control your life about as much as you can control digestion. You can hold things in for a certain amount of time, but sooner or later that shit has to come out.

Everybody poops... But how much time out of your day do you actually spend thinking about that poop? Unless it was a really good poop, most of you don't even spend the moments you're in the bathroom thinking about it. We'd prefer to distract ourselves with whatever we scroll through on our phones... Like this article about farts.

Much like the whole purpose of yin and yang, the point of us having negative things happen in our life is so we can appreciate the positives, otherwise everything would blend and we wouldn't be human. So in essence, you need shit to remind you of how great life really is. The problem with fixating on the shitty points in our lives is that it takes away the limited time we have to be taking action on the things we actually love to do... Like taking a shit.

The way I see it, negativity is like eating bad sushi, at first you think it's fine, but give it time and it'll find it's way out in unwanted directions.

But Why Is It So Difficult To Let Go?

Sometimes we get "constipated." We get stuck on the idea that we're supposed to be angry, hurt, or sad on a constant basis because we think that's normal, but I guarantee you, you'll feel so much more satisfied if you just let go of your expectations and return to the current moment. 

We're all raised according to a certain set of standards and beliefs passed down through generational norms... In other words, each individual person has their own individual set of parents, who have their own individual set of parents, and so on. Each set of parents brings with them their own generational perspective of the world due to their own life experiences and how they were raised. These experiences translate to their children through the constant absorption of what I like to call "Gas." 

"Almost 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Only about 0.85% is composed of another five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. All 11 are necessary for life."

Yep. You're full of Gas and you didn't even know it. But don't worry, it's just a part of being human. In essence, we're all full of shit. 

There's a quote that comes to mind, "Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one, and they usually stink." Wiser words have never been spoken.

I'm sure there's some of you reading this that are thinking, "speak for yourself, I know what I'm talking about because I've done years of research and have a BS in rocket science..." Congratulations, you've absorbed enough gas to release into the atmosphere for others to then judge you because they don't believe the same things you do. Which is why we all need to let that shit go. 

Let That Shit Go - Bathroom Poster

So How Do I "Let Go"?

I'm all for actionable advice since talk is cheap. So here are a few mindful exercises to help you "Let Go" and return to the present. 

Exercise 1: (Beginner)

Take a Deep Breath in. Hold it for 3 seconds. Exhale Slowly. 

Repeat 3-5x.

Once you're done, Smile. 

Exercise 2: (Intermediate)

Sit down in a comfortable position with your back straight and arms resting on your lap palms facing up.

Close your eyes and begin to focus on following your breath. - If your mind is having a hard time focusing, just think of the word "RELAX" in your minds eye.

Follow the breath while repeating the word "RELAX" for 10 counts.

If you stray, simply return to your breath and the word "RELAX." 

Once you're done, Smile and allow the positive energy of your smile to take over from outside in. 

Exercise 3: (Advanced)

Sit down in a comfortable position with your back straight and arms resting on your lap palms facing up. You can either close your eyes or focus on a singular point for this exercise. 

Take a slow, deep breath in and follow the breath with the thought, "I am breathing in a long breath." Then slowly follow the breath out with the thought, "I am breathing out a long breath." 

Take a slow, deep breath in and follow the breath with the thought, "Experiencing a whole body, I shall breathe in." Then slowly follow the breath out with the thought, "Experiencing a whole body, I shall breathe out." 

Take a slow, deep breath in and follow the breath with the thought, "Calming the body, I shall breathe in." Then slowly follow the breath out with the thought, "Calming the body, I shall breathe out." 

Once you're done, Smile. 

Repeat this exercise throughout your day with everything you do in order to live more in the moment. 

The purpose of these exercises are to re-gain focus and control of your time in order to use it on positive things you actually like to think about and do, as opposed to allowing your mind to wander into the negatives. 

SHORTCUT: Want a more guided experience? Try using an app like Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer or any of those other meditation apps in the App Store. 

Whenever you feel yourself slipping back into the negative, welcome it without judgement, and move on... Or dare I say, "Let It Go."

What Does This Have To Do With Anything?

Nothing at all... That's the point. It's all hot air. We're all full of hot air, and much like the air we breath in, we have to let it out in order to continue living. We're as temporary in the vast spectrum of time as the air we breath. 

"Let every fart count as a peal of thunder for liberty. Let every fart remind the nation of how much it has let pass out of its control. It is a small gesture, but one that can be very effective - especially in a large crowd. So fart, and if you must, fart often. But always fart without apology. Fart for freedom, fart for liberty - and fart proudly." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Final Thoughts

No matter what you believe, you know feeling bad doesn't exactly feel good... And as ridiculous as that sounded, isn't it even more ridiculous that people continue to focus on the negatives instead of living happy lives?

By staying focused on the negatives, we get stuck and we feel like the world is against us, whereas when you start becoming grateful for what you have instead of jealous of what you don't, you start to see things open up in ways you could never have imagined. So why not try letting go and seeing how things flow?