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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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Reading
Reading
Reading / science
The Rhythm of the Night
The Rhythm of the Night
Reading / science

Everyday stress and anxiety increasingly pervade our waking lives; at night-time, too, they can lead to sleeplessness. Can music help us tune out from insomnia?

Enis Yucekoralp

Reading / society
Summer Meditations
Summer Meditations
Reading / society

A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months.

Julia E. Wahl

Magazine / society
The Lost Art of Rest
The Lost Art of Rest
Magazine / society

Smartphones, laptops and the capitalist work culture mean that it is increasingly hard to switch off. What activities provide us with the most rest?

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / society
Concentration: Making Life Sacred
Concentration: Making Life Sacred
Magazine / society

A master yogi who was brought up in the West explains how to calm your mind and body in the times of the pandemic.

Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)

Magazine / science
Are we morally obligated to meditate?
Are we morally obligated to meditate?
Magazine / science

A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other.

Sigal Samuel

Magazine / society
This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread
This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread
Magazine / society

Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder.

Scotty Hendricks

Magazine / society
Trampled Nobility
Trampled Nobility
Magazine / society

In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the mirabelle plum – a juicy, yellow delight that finds its way into all sorts of liquers and sauces.

Monika Kucia

Magazine / society
Forbidden Fruit
Forbidden Fruit
Magazine / society

In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the innocent joys and guilty pleasures of scrumping.

Monika Kucia

Magazine / science
Fasting to the Rescue
Fasting to the Rescue
Magazine / science

Fasting might sound like a painful idea, but according to a recent MIT study, it can have serious health benefits.

Aleksandra Kozłowska

Magazine / society
Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself
Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself
Magazine / society

Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself.

Micaela Marini Higgs

Magazine / society
Laugh Boldly!
Laugh Boldly!
Magazine / society

Sebastian Gendry, creator of the laughter wellness method, talks about the everyday benefits of laughing, as well as its more profound properties.

Maria Hawranek

Magazine / society
Monks on Ice
Monks on Ice
Magazine / society

The Tibetan Buddhist breathing technique ‘tummo’ creates inner heat. The practice of similar techniques might have helped the likes of Wim Hof to achieve the seemingly impossible in extreme cold.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / science
Of Viruses and Men
Of Viruses and Men
Magazine / science

Our fearless biologist-reporter closes his eyes and wakes up to find himself summoned to the Virus Council – chaired by none other than the notorious SARS-CoV-2.

Tomasz Sitarz

Reading / society
A Splash of Pepper Vodka
A Splash of Pepper Vodka
Reading / society

In Poland, a number of folk remedies exist for treating common health ailments. Far from being useless, these remedies do have health properties and help people deal with the drag of being unwell.

Paulina Olszanka

Reading / society
The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song
The Pandemic’s Black Swan Song
Reading / society

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we keep hearing that we are living in the ‘new normal’. But how exactly have previous pandemics changed world history?

Adam Węgłowski

Reading / society
Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Five Ways to Deal With Self-Isolation
Reading / society

Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Rient

Reading / society
The Anxiety Virus
The Anxiety Virus
Reading / society

Psychological coach and therapist Martyna Goryniak talks about what exactly anxiety is, why it can be harmful, and how we can try to mitigate it during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Rient

Reading / society
The Post Corona World
The Post Corona World
Reading / society

A Backwards Corona Forecast: Or how we will be surprised when the crisis is „over“.

Matthias Horx

Reading / society
Meditation During Quarantine
Meditation During Quarantine
Reading / society

The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite.

Berenika Steinberg

Magazine / society
On Acceptance
On Acceptance
Magazine / society

The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all.

Piotr Stankiewicz

Magazine / society
In Search of Clatter
In Search of Clatter
Magazine / society

Joy can feel like an elusive emotion. But what exactly is true joy? And is it really worth aspiring to?

Agata Sikora

Magazine / society
High on Our Own Supply
High on Our Own Supply
Magazine / society

Endorphins – or, to give them their full name, endogenous morphines – can give the human body a natural high during exercise. But how exactly do we access this secret stash of opioids?

Piotr Żelazny

Reading / feuilleton
Lessons in Coexistence
Reading / feuilleton

We are panicking a bit. But we are also genuinely concerned about a situation where a huge amount will depend upon whether we want to work together.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Reading / culture
Looking for Closure
Looking for Closure
Reading / culture

Russian filmmaker Masha Osipova talks about health in the Soviet era, confronting memories of the past, and her new short documentary film “Sanatorium”.

Dariusz Kuźma

Reading / culture
Element of Equilibrium
Element of Equilibrium
Reading / culture

In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder.

Paulina Wilk

Reading / society
Silence Is Within Us
Silence Is Within Us
Reading / society

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence,” instructs Max Ehrmann in his “Desiderata”. But why is the poem so popular in Poland?

Renata Lis

Reading / society
Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Reading / society

Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts?

Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

Magazine / society
A Kingdom for Silence
A Kingdom for Silence
Magazine / society

For most of us, exposure to noise is inescapable (and is only getting worse). Its consequences for our health are manifold.

Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

Magazine / society
The Happy Moments Trap
The Happy Moments Trap
Magazine / society

We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives.

Adam Aduszkiewicz

Magazine / society
On Rowanberries and Parsnip
On Rowanberries and Parsnip
Magazine / society

In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment.

Monika Kucia

Reading / society
Sadness Is Not a Disease
Sadness Is Not a Disease
Reading / society

Allan Horwitz talks about the murky relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry, the history of diagnosis, and the problems with pathologizing regular human emotions.

Tomasz Stawiszyński

Reading / science
10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death
10 New Things We’ve Learned About Death
Reading / science

If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning.

Kevin Dickinson/Big Think

Magazine / society
Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Magazine / society

A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months.

Julia E. Wahl

Reading / society
Finding Peace Through Yoga
Finding Peace Through Yoga
Reading / society

VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service.

Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

Magazine / society
On Tomatoes and Kombucha
On Tomatoes and Kombucha
Magazine / society

In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to grow tomatoes using open source seeds and guerilla gardening, and the benefits of cultivating your own kombucha culture.

Monika Kucia

Magazine / society
The ‘100-Mile’ Rule
The ‘100-Mile’ Rule
Magazine / society

In our globalized world, the plethora of culinary choices is a wonderful thing… at least for those in the Global North. A switch to local food might benefit all of us.

Monika Kucia

Magazine / society
Liberal and Puritan
Liberal and Puritan
Magazine / society

Swedes are well-known across the world for their relaxed attitude to nakedness. Yet, in recent years, the Scandinavian country’s relationship with nudity has become more complex.

Katarzyna Tubylewicz

Reading / society
Sour Milk, Sweet Life
Sour Milk, Sweet Life
Reading / society

Our gastronomy expert recalls the lost art of cooking techniques, and gives a recipe for homemade yoghurt.

dr Ryan Bromley

Reading / society
Five Spring Meditations
Five Spring Meditations
Reading / society

A psychologist outlines five meditation exercises for the spring months.

Julia E. Wahl

Magazine / society
Prana, or the Subtle Life Force
Prana, or the Subtle Life Force
Magazine / society

The Siddhas referred to the basic energy underlying all activities, both physical and mental, as ‘prana’, or subtle life force.

Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)

Magazine / society
How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?
How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga?
Magazine / society

Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga.

Magazine / society
Our Beautiful Minds
Our Beautiful Minds
Magazine / society

Psychiatrist Michael A. Schwartz talks about mental health peer support networks, experiments involving LSD and cats, and why it’s detrimental for society to celebrate behavioural conformity.

Marcin Moskalewicz

Magazine / society
Sometimes It’s Wise to Be Unwise
Sometimes It’s Wise to Be Unwise
Magazine / society

Social psychologist Wiesław Łukaszewski talks about the follies of egoism, the empathy of animal lovers, and the pleasure in behaving unwisely.

Katarzyna Sroczyńska

Magazine / science
The World’s Oldest Doctor
The World’s Oldest Doctor
Magazine / science

The efficacy of medical treatments can be influenced by many factors. Our correspondent details the success of the placebo effect, and the importance of double-blinding.

January Weiner

Reading / society
How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
Reading / society

“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.”

Marshall Govindan (Satchidananda)

Magazine / society
Christmas Memories Laced with Spice
Christmas Memories Laced with Spice
Magazine / society

Our gastronomy expert remembers the spicy warmth of cardamom, and gives a recipe for homemade masala chai.

dr Ryan Bromley

Magazine / society
Foraging for Forgotten Foods
Foraging for Forgotten Foods
Magazine / society

Cultural historian Jarosław Dumanowski talks with Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux about maintaining nutritional knowledge and the importance of our culinary roots.

Jarosław Dumanowski, Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux

Magazine / society
The Power of Sour
The Power of Sour
Magazine / society

Our gastronomy expert describes the culinary importance of sourness, and gives a recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar.

dr Ryan Bromley

Reading / culture
An Allergy to Sounds
An Allergy to Sounds
Reading / culture

People with misophonia are hypersensitive to certain sounds. The condition can trigger strong negative emotions, such as anger and anxiety.

Iza Smelczyńska

Reading / society
Mysteries of the Yogis
Mysteries of the Yogis
Reading / society

Already in 1959, “Przekrój” was praising yoga as “an entire science of maintaining health and longevity”. Find out how yoga was presented in the Soviet weekly “Knowledge is Power”.

Mikołaj Kuplowski

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