Meditating in 1997
|And then out of the blue, I
moved to Poland to witness the Solidarity
another hippie type revolution but without
hippies. Later, I found that hippies in Poland
(spelled "hipis" in Polish) were
different from other hippies elsewhere in Europe.
So, I didn't get to know too many hippies in
Poland. Even today, Polish hippies are strongly
tied to the Roman Catholic Church and right wing
political parties. Hippies in Poland took the
worst hard drugs, shared nationalist worldviews
and supported G.W. Bush in the 21st century.
During the Cold
Communists feared that the hippie revolutionary
movement would spread in the Soviet Block; esp.
in Poland. So, they tried to have control over it
before it reached their part of the world in the
Between the Winter of 1989 and the Summer of
1990, Poland abolished Communism and the Berlin
That was the end of Communism and Soviet rule
over many parts of Central and Eastern Europe. It
was a wonderful time of great expectations and
joy. After that, Poland and former East Germany
joined the European Union. In the 21st century,
At the turn of the 21st century, Poles gave their
full support to G.W.
took folks like me for some kind of black
I turned to Yoga, did a lot of meditating and
studied of the Hindu Veda (scriptures) at that
During the campaign for the 2004
Presidential election, I organized the one and only
President meetups in Poland and found that
Democrats had absolutely no supporters in the
country at that time. Everyone, including hippies
in Poland supported G.W. Bush. That was a truly
odd experience. Yes, it was bad! So, Polish
hippies in Poland are a totally different bread,
if you know what I mean. That's also why I don't
like being confused with hippies in Poland or
hippies from Poland; though now I live in Poland.
But that's another story...