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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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Backwards
Backwards
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Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease.

Sylwia Niemczyk

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A Tart but Tasty Delight
A Tart but Tasty Delight
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Currants – in their red and black varieties – may be tart, but are full of flavour and nutrition. They also make the perfect partner for summer ice cream.

Michał Korkosz

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A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
A Hint of Appreciation for Mint
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Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi).

Łukasz Łuczaj

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Bark Medicine
Bark Medicine
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Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits.

Anna Berestecka

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In Your Prime
In Your Prime
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According to both Eastern and Western traditions, certain plants and herbs have youth-giving properties and can ensure that we live a long life.

Dominika Bok

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Earth to Man!
Earth to Man!
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Paweł Sokal from the Earthing Institute shares all about the alternative medicine practise known as grounding (or earthing).

Jakub Bas

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The Smile of the Monk
The Smile of the Monk
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Meditation based on compassion has many short- and long-term benefits for the brain – as proved by the case of Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard.

Marcin Kozłowski

Reading / science
How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
Reading / science

A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis.

Jaimee Bell

Reading / society
How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
Reading / society

It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.

Robby Berman

Reading / science
The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
Reading / science

What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic?

Dariusz Kuźma

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Humans Need Nature to Blossom
Humans Need Nature to Blossom
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Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing.

Anna Tatarska

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My Mini Me
My Mini Me
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What do yoga and maternity have in common? How can taking control of our body help us to reflect on how we view ourselves and our children?

Ludwika Włodek

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The Intentional Life
The Intentional Life
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Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions.

Maria Hawranek

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On Spiritual Care
On Spiritual Care
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In a society where the notion of care is abundant, we appear to be lacking figures that represent a kind of caring guardianship. Where can we find them?

Marcin Polak

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Bravo, Okinawa!
Bravo, Okinawa!
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The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success?

Aleksandra Reszelska

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Caucasian Fusion
Caucasian Fusion
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Pkhali – balls of wild leaves mixed with nuts and spices – are popular cuisine in Georgia, where the locals enjoy a close relationship to nature.

Łukasz Łuczaj

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Always Eat Your Tubers
Always Eat Your Tubers
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Tubers often end up neglected in the back of the fridge. Yet carrots, celeriac and parsley root can be roasted or boiled to inspirational effect.

Michał Korkosz

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Vegetarian Paradise
Vegetarian Paradise
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Konstanty Moes-Oskragiełło was the first Polish vegetarian. But he also held a number of radical – and controversial – views about health and society.

Ewa Pluta

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All That Green Stuff
All That Green Stuff
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Modern society is moving further and further away from greenery, with forests and parks obscured behind screens and windows.

Kamila Dzika-Jurek

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5 Big Predictions for 2021
5 Big Predictions for 2021
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A deeper appreciation for science and less unnecessary spending could be in our future.

Derek Beres

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The Wisdom of Flowers
The Wisdom of Flowers
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Spring is the perfect time to be inspired by nature – flowers can be a great source of knowledge for us humans.

Maria Górz

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Walking Meditation Exercises for Spring
Walking Meditation Exercises for Spring
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The spring weather can be enjoyed mindfully. A meditation teacher suggests five walking meditation exercises.

Maria Górz

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How Can We Be More Gentle With Ourselves on the Spiritual Path?
How Can We Be More Gentle With Ourselves on the Spiritual Path?
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A lot of us are putting a lot of effort into being more fully present and to being ‘here now’ and we head towards the fire, and in the process, we lose our sense of humor. What are the ways of taking care of ourselves in the process?

Ram Dass

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The Art of Negativity
The Art of Negativity
Reading / society

The concept of ‘positive thinking’ is ubiquitous throughout society – from social media to home décor. What then, of adopting an approach grounded in negativity?

Enis Yucekoralp

Reading / science
Feel and Understand
Feel and Understand
Reading / science

By taking a mindful approach to what is happening, we can situate ourselves in the here and now – and get to the heart of the problem.

Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

Reading / science
Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
Study Finds Matriarchal Societies Are Good For Women's Health
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A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes.

Scotty Hendricks

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Culinary Kindness
Culinary Kindness
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Amid lockdown and social isolation, our writer discovered that the kindness of others is still alive and well – especially in the kitchen.

Monika Kucia

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Gingerbread Therapy
Gingerbread Therapy
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Faced with the prospect of a lonely Christmas, our writer found sentimental comfort in baking her own gingerbread cake.

Monika Kucia

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It’s Barberry Time!
It’s Barberry Time!
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The barberry shrub – most noticeable from its striking red berries – consists of the fruit, bark, root and leaf. Luckily, we can benefit from all of it.

Dominika Bok

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Doctors in Scotland Can Now Prescribe Nature to Their Patients
Doctors in Scotland Can Now Prescribe Nature to Their Patients
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Take one long stroll, four times a week.

Evan Fleischer

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Subtle Cardio
Subtle Cardio
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Our brains and hearts are synchronized with one another. By calming our mind, we can also relieve the physical symptoms of stress.

Jakub Bas

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Revolutionary Stillness
Revolutionary Stillness
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In a chaotic society where work, success and profit reign supreme, the act of meditation may prove to be revolutionary.

Marcin Polak

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Dreaming at the Table
Dreaming at the Table
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Family bonds can be difficult to develop and navigate. A psychologist offers some advice on how to pursue more healthy family relationships.

Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

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Sooner or Later We All Face Death
Sooner or Later We All Face Death
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‘Despite all our medical advances,’ my friend Jason used to quip, ‘the mortality rate has remained constant – one per person.’

Warren Ward

Reading / science
How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
How a 15-Minute 'Awe Walk' Drastically Improves Mental Health
Reading / science

Move over, forest bathing.

Derek Beres

Reading / society
7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
7 Common Traits of Self-Transcended People
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The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level?

Mike Colagrossi

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Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
Our Bodies Are Chronically in "Threat Mode"
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Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty.

Jaimee Bell

Magazine / science
Dream Travellers
Dream Travellers
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Lucid dreaming describes the act of becoming aware that we are dreaming while asleep. How can we practice it and what are its benefits?

Tomasz Wiśniewski

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The Nocturnal Conversations of Neurons
The Nocturnal Conversations of Neurons
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The architecture of sleep is surprisingly complex, consisting of various cycles made up of multiple phases.

Łukasz Kaniewski

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New Bed, No Sleep?
New Bed, No Sleep?
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The phenomenon of first night effect (FNE) often occurs when we spend the night in a new environment – and have trouble sleeping.

Jakub Bas

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Jungle, Our Healer
Jungle, Our Healer
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In the Indigenous communities of Panama and Suriname, botanical decoctions are effective in treating a number of health ailments.

Maria Hawranek

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The War Between Lent and Carnival
The War Between Lent and Carnival
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Fasting is said to have many benefits for both the body and mind – but it is also very hard work.

Ewa Pawlik

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Youth? Enough!
Youth? Enough!
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The question of what ‘youth’ means is a tricky one. Not only is it uncomfortable for people of a certain age, but being young is an entirely relative concept.

Piotr Stankiewicz

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On The Benefits of Solitude
On The Benefits of Solitude
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Spending time alone need not be a lonely affair. On the contrary, it is actually good for our health and wellbeing.

Jakub Bas

Reading / society
Feeding the Soul
Feeding the Soul
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The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread.

Agnieszka Drotkiewicz

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Summer Meditations
Summer Meditations
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A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months.

Julia E. Wahl

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The Lost Art of Rest
The Lost Art of Rest
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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

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Concentration: Making Life Sacred
Concentration: Making Life Sacred
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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)

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There Is No Spoon
There Is No Spoon
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The teachings of the Buddha (and the writing of secular journalist Robert Wright) can help us understand how to free ourselves from the captivity of the brain.

Aleksandra Reszelska

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Are We Morally Obligated to Meditate?
Are We Morally Obligated to Meditate?
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A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other.

Sigal Samuel

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