Where did all the hippies go? There are very few 60+ people I see that come close in looks, although I know a few. Do many people live in communes, or grow their own food? Live off the land? How many really dropped out?
I think most of us got on with the business of living our lives in both conventional and unconventional ways. I never really bought into the bra-less thing (way too uncomfortable for me), and my hair has thinned out and can no longer hold up it’s end of the long, blonde, straight look, and if I did have a 1969 VW wagon, I’d be deathly afraid of it dying every time I left home, much less to trek across the country. (Man, did I always want one of those!)
But there are some very hippie-ish things that I have gravitated to in the past five years and I guess that’s why I’ve been thinking about it lately.
For one, I eat a mostly plant-based diet. I haven’t had meat or poultry for over four years. I was totally vegan for awhile but have learned that my body does better with some fish thrown in. There’s an extremely violent side to eating meat and I am not a violent person … Hell, I catch spiders and let them go outside! When I learned about the abuse of animals, and looked down into the big brown eyes of my two dogs, and the grass green eyes of my cat, I decided not to be a part of it anymore.
I love it that huge numbers of young and old are choosing plant-based diets. They talk about living a peaceful, loving lifestyle without the violence necessary to maintain an animal-based diet. Not surprisingly many studies back us up in terms of healthy benefits, both emotionally and physically.
Expanded awareness was definitely a goal of the hippie culture and today there’s a spiritual movement called the New Thought Movement. It’s based on positive thinking; the law of attraction, healing, that divinity is within each of us and other personal power ideas. In many countries, people can explore and live with wonderful combinations of eastern and western philosophies and religious beliefs: It’s utterly 60s. Peace, love, rock n’ roll. (Well, maybe not rock n’ roll but definitely some very good music!)
Another very hippie-ish movement is a relatively new movement among young and old that’s called Urban Farming … seriously hippie-ish. Almost communal … dang! I am on the new-to-it-all track because I’ve never been a gardener. This year I’ve done some nice things with flowers and herbs for tea, but real food? Yikes!
There is an Urban Farms Tour in the Kansas City area in June and I’m going to go out and learn a lot more about the whole process. I’d love to have fresh, basically organic vegetables growing in my yard. I am very interested in growing my own food.
I am experimenting with herbs for tea. Oddly, I haven’t done any reasearch or read anything or even tried to make herbal tea ever! The idea came to me when I was out shopping for plants and I saw some herbs that I recognized as being in some of my favorite teas. When I got home and read the ingredients I realized that hibiscus is in darned near every tea I drink, so back I went and bought two hibiscus plants. They’re not just another ingredient in herb tea, they’re beautiful!
I’ve planted mint, lemon verbena, rosemary, stevia and chamomile growing. I’ve already dried some of the hibiscus flowers, along with rose and peony petals in my little dehydrator. I’ve dried lemon and lime peel, apples, and oranges to mix in later. Celestial Seasonings founders began selling herbal teas to health food stores in 1969, so this all seems rather hippie-ish to me.
I will definitely put out herbal tea progress reports and if anyone has experience, and wants to share, I’m all ears! I’m not sure the rosemary will make it to the end of summer; I do love a glass of rosemary-honey-lemonade!
Let me know and I’ll share the recipe for the lemonade. Have a great day and check back soon!