Day 17 of my Boycott of TSA and the Airlines
TSA has a redress protocol that I will follow and I’ll be sure to include how I really feel about the backscatter x-ray scanners and the patdowns. I figure once I get those banned I’ll start on the meals, luggage and seat-size issues.
I’ll be among good company as I submit even more information when following their complaint procedures.
“People who have been denied or delayed airline boarding; have been denied or delayed entry into or exit from the U.S. at a port of entry or border crossing; or have been repeatedly referred to additional (secondary) screening can file an inquiry to seek redress.”
Starting the Sunday off right with Soul-utions (thanks again Trisha!) and not spending but a moment in the complaints.
I’m listening to a meditation by Craig Hamilton as I write. I guess I’m not supposed to be doing that, but rather focusing on the experience and expanding my awareness with the group, but I like it. His voice feels good, his tone feels nurturing, his words that break through my words feel significant. He’s talking about resistance. I know that one. He tells me to just allow it to be here.
Now that’s Wholesome! That’s what it feels like! I try to grasp on to it, or remember at least where it lives, but it’s gone again already. I try to name it, to explain it, put language on it, because that’s what I do. Very trained. Driven toward it. The very thing totally unnecessary to really experience the benefits of meditation.
“Gently bring our attention back to this large collective consciousness.” He’s reading my mind?
Living in this state of consciousness could solve a lot. Floating inside possibility. Looking down at the dragon of the problem that is TSA, the Patriot Act, our unsustainable trajectory, and saying YES, I can solve it. I can solve it all. Why not me. How do I train for that?
Well, I’ve first got to start living inside possibility. That’s where meditation becomes crucial. That’s why the community becomes crucial. How lucky are we now that can be achieved through cyberspace! We all won’t need to move to Boulder or San Francisco or Tibet.
But it’s a lot like working out or learning a language, no consistency–no results.
Which means I need to allow the influence of the people also trying to do the same. The ones trying to create something new. The ones not looking backwards to try to solve our myriad crises. The ones who understand that technology for technology sake does not serve us, nor does materialism, nor using violence to control violence. The ones who know that more controls do not bring us any closer to safety, truth, or reasonably peaceful co-existence. Not only do I have to allow their influence on me (something I don’t easily allow), but I’ve got to seek them out consistently–all those who are already slaying the dragons of our limited consciousness and all the ones on that path.
My favorite quote that resonates through the Integral movement:
“You cannot solve a problem from the same state of consciousness that created it.” Einstein
And another of my Einstein favorites:
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
I wonder if TSA could find more creative solutions than treating us as terrorist suspects if they adopted daily group meditation?!
I’ll be sure to suggest that to them in my Redress correspondence and even offer them a few guru’s links.
Follow this blog for the next 9 days and really consider if all this Terrorist Watching is making you feel any safer.
If you think there might be something rotting in OUR House that needs our attention, simply in the comments section write:
Not in my House!