SEE THE LIGHT — With the sun coming up later and going down earlier, it’s possible to go days without seeing it. Make sure to get out during the day and get some sun light.
TAKE A HIKE…OR AT LEAST A WALK — Your brain loves the rhythm of walking. It decreases anxiety and can improve sleep.
HAVE A “ME” DAY — We do an awuful lot for others during the holidays and sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Schedule a day for YOU. Spend the day doing something YOU want to do. It’s not selfish; after all, you can’t do for others if you don’t first take care of yourself.
EASE UP ON THE SUGAR — Holiday sweets can send your body on an emotional roller-coaster. Sugar is a stimulant and can create high and lows. If you have too much the lows can get lower and last longer each time.
LAUGH — Laughing reduces stress hormones, and that can boost your immune system.
FORGET PERFECTION — Studies have shown the world will not end if all the plates on your holiday table don’t match. Most holiday stress is brought on by ourselves.
GO TECH-FREE — Turn of your gadgets during social gatherings. It allows you to enjoy what’s going on without wondering what ELSE is going on.
It was at the turn of the century, no, actually the millennium! that my husband and I pretty much plunged into a new lifestyle. It began with a change in our attitude toward food. We started preparing food from scratch with living ingredients. We redecorated our home, inside and out. We hung a beaded curtain in the entry way and incorporated earth elements into our family room ~ air (with a wind chime!), water, metal, stone, wood and fire. We dug up lawn and flower gardens and planted vegetables and fruit trees in their place, and went organic ~ making peace with the weeds and crazy assortment of bugs around our hillside home. We began practicing Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation. We turned to holistic health practices as our first line of defense against illness and for treating illness.
For some reason our children called us hippies. We took it as a compliment!
We were born in the late 1950’s. The hippie movement took hold in the mid-60’s, when we were in elementary school. I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, California. My husband grew up in the Salt Lake Valley. As young as we were, there probably wasn’t a whole lot of difference in our perceptions. I remember wearing hot pants and white “Beatle Boots” and using words like “peace,” “love,” and “groovy.” I remember my friend’s mother (who was probably in her late 20’s) went crazy over the Beatles and actually passed out at their first concert in Los Angeles. My parents, on the other hand, got all worked up about the long-haired Beatles and what a menace they were to society. Personally, I thought they were very cute, and during recesses, my girlfriends and I would pretend we were married to them. (We alternated between being married to the Beatles and to the Monkees!) My oldest brother served in the military during the Viet Nam War. I remember my mother praying so hard that he wouldn’t go to the battlefront. And he didn’t. He was assigned to Northern Europe – something with Special Operations. We had his photo in uniform on the wall and we all admired it with pride. And I had an older cousin who joined a hippie commune, grew his hair long, lived in a cave and smoked pot. When his father died, all the communes had to be searched to locate him. He was hunched over from his living conditions, and had to be de-loused and suited up in new clean clothes for the funeral.
We didn’t realize til we were in our 40’s that some of this hippie culture was still a part of us.
Wikipedia defines the Hippie Movement this way: “Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic music, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as cannabis, LSD, and psilocybin mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness.”
Our Mormon “Hippiepedia” defines it this way: Mormon Hippies are creating their own online communities where we can interact, exchange ideas, share information, provide support, and engage in positive discussion – all for the uplift and betterment of society and Mother Earth.
We encourage listening to inspiring, uplifting music that encompasses many genres. We also believe in the power and inspiration unique to silence, to the artistry of the sounds of Nature, and to the rhythms of the human body.
We embrace the laws of morality and chastity as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and stand firm in the unpopular doctrines designed to preserve and protect the human family, and believe that real “Love,” “Peace,” and Eternal Bliss can come only through obedience to these laws.
Our drugs are herbs and wholesome foods, recreation and exercise, positive thinking and thankfulness. We adhere to the counsels found in the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine & Covenants 89), not only avoiding the “don’ts,” but gratefully living the “do’s” and welcoming the promised blessings of health to mind and body and spirit. The closest we get to psychedelic mushrooms is nutty-flavored crimini mushrooms in an omelet. Our altered states of consciousness come through practicing mindfulness, meditation, and sincere and heartfelt prayer to God, the Creator of all things.
Wikipedia goes on to say that “Hippie fashions and values had a major effect on culture, influencing popular music, television, film, literature, and the arts.” MormonHippie.com intends to have a major effect on these same things by raising the bar to a higher standard of living in harmony with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Since the 1960s, many aspects of hippie culture have been assimilated by mainstream society. The religious and cultural diversity espoused by the hippies has gained widespread acceptance, and Eastern philosophy and spiritual concepts have reached a larger audience. The hippie legacy can be observed in contemporary culture in myriad forms, including health food … and even the cyberspace revolution.” (Wikipedia)
MormonHippie.com encourages worshiping God and Jesus Christ; embracing cultural diversity; exploring Eastern philosophies and gaining insights and wisdom from great minds such as the Buddha; experiencing the spiritual quest of Yoga, the health benefits of Tai Chi, the mastery of the mind and body, the spiritual power of meditation. Cultivating the art of mindfulness arouses an awareness of the necessity and practicality of making wise food choices, steering away from man-ufactured “food” and growing our own food, involving ourselves in the harvest and preparation, and respecting the sacredness of our bodies as temples and caring for them as such. “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (13th Article of Faith)
“The core characteristic of cyberspace is that it offers an environment that consists of many participants with the ability to affect and influence each other. They derive this concept from the observation that people seek richness, complexity, and depth within a virtual world.” (Wikipedia)
MormonHippie.com brings you all this and more. Often the depth we seek is simplicity. We offer that, too.