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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices
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Three Summer Mindfulness Practices

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Calm your mind, focus on yourself, and organize your emotions with these simple exercises for mental wellbeing. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

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History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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“Baby You” to fly above Antwerp, August 11-13
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“Baby You” to fly above Antwerp, August 11-13
A new project presented by Przekrój Foundation

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Imagine an infant sleeping soundly while floating in the air, just above our heads. How would you feel on seeing this peaceful sight? Przekrój Foundation will make this vision come true at Zomer Van Antwerpen (Summer of Antwerp Festival)!

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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of August. Adam Węgłowski
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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

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Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski

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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

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Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski
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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

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While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk
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The Maple’s Face

The Maple’s Face
The Trees of Childhood

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The trees of our childhood – with their exceptional shapes, boughs and presence – can feel very human, almost like old friends... Michał Książek

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The Origins of Immortality

The Origins of Immortality
Prehistoric Beliefs in the Afterlife

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The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggest a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Iron People

Iron People
A History of the Celts

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The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe. Maciej Świetlik

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The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River

The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River
The Colour Yellow in China

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Across thousands of years, the colour yellow has held many meanings within Chinese society and culture. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
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Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
An Interview with an Ayurvedic Therapist

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Ayurvedic therapist Patrycja Sadowska explains what doshas are, and how we can practice Ayurveda, far from its native India. Maria Hawranek

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Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing

Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
The Role of Celtic Druids

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The Celtic Druids possessed great knowledge and were highly respected, yet they tended to be violent – and did not have to be men. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Goddess of Yoga
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The Goddess of Yoga
The Life of Indra Devi

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The life of Eugenie Peterson led her from Riga to Bombay and eventually Los Angeles, where – as Indra Devi – she became Hollywood’s first yogi. Piotr Żelazny

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All the Queen’s Agents

All the Queen’s Agents
Britain’s Global Influence

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British soft power – as expressed through the likes of James Bond and the Queen – has led to the United Kingdom’s language and culture conquering the world. Piotr Żelazny
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The Body as a Whole
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The Body as a Whole
Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to preventing disease and treating the body. Aleksandra Woźniak

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Animal Persons

Animal Persons
An Interview with Marta Bogdańska

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Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies. Berenika Steinberg
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The Forest Broadcast

The Forest Broadcast
Birdsong in Spring

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Spring is the best season in which to hear the chorus of birdsong that emerges from nature – in forests, meadows and urban parks. Adam Zbyryt

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Healing Exercises from Tibet
How to Practise Tsalung

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Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness. Dominika Bok