I was out this beautiful Tennessee morning, walking in the yard, on the street, amongst the weeds and flowers.
The sun is shining. It rained again last night. It’s clean.
I began to pick and taste the wild greens and flowers.
Then I did some easy calisthenics, and some Greek Yoga™.
I thought about the simplicity of it all, and how I’ve always been like this.
I realized—dang, I’m a conservative hippie!
I try to live close to nature.
I eat raw food (sometimes!).
I don’t take many supplements, and those of those only natural like apple cider vinegar.
I don’t have a workout routine—I play with my calisthenics and yoga instead.
I don’t like to hold onto a lot of “stuff.”
I’ve lived in my van at one point for a year in Santa Barbara, California.
I meditate—not what I would call “weird,” chanting stuff. I do this one—simple, something like what Jesus would have done.
It’s just a simple, wordless prayer.
I read the Bible, but I don’t try to “study” it—just find inspiration and wisdom for the day.
I’m not obsessed with money (most of the time!).
I have friends who think differently than me.
I listen when people speak (okay, not always!).
I do not think “us vs. them.” I realize everybody is dealing with something, and many don’t want to be the person they’ve become.
Oh, I do still like classic rock music, and that is pretty hippyish!
I think I’ve covered it. Hippies don’t have too many cares!
Why do I say I’m conservative? Because I’m quite traditional (uh… “Old School”!) and patriotic. I wish the best for everybody in every country, but I’m all about helping those at home first.
I support life in all its forms and I wish everybody did.
What else? That’s about it. Conservatives (at least “Old School” ones) are pretty simple people too. Perhaps being a “conservative hippie” is not so odd at all.
To me it’s a perfect fit.
I guess it comes back to Jesus again: Love God and love your neighbor. What’s wrong with that?
Perhaps Jesus had some “hippie” in Him too.
To Your Health and Fitness,
Patrick Rooney is the Founder of OldSchoolUs.com. Its focus is natural health and independent living. Patrick is the author of GREEK PHYSIQUE: The Simple, Satisfying Way to Sculpt Your Body—Even if You’re Old, Weak, or Broken Down; and is also the creator of Greek Yoga™ and the Greek Yoga for Beginners video. He offers health and fitness consulting in-person in Middle Tennessee and worldwide via phone and web conference. To reach Patrick, email him at [email protected].