Spreading the Word: Russian Folklore – Baba Yaga

This Friday I share with you a podcast/video episode on Baba Yaga. She is an important and versatile character in the Russian and broader Slavic folklore. The video offers an interesting deep-dive into the nature, origins, and various interpretations of Baba Yaga. When growing up, I remember reading folktales and later watching some cartoons where …

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Spreading the Word: Languages and Thinking

This Friday I share with you a very interesting short video on the relationship between languages and thinking. The speakers are discussing their views based on experience and on research evidence as to whether we think differently in different languages. Personally, I am certain that we do. That's why speaking foreign languages is like putting …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Tea

This Friday I share with you a short video on the surprising connection between philosophy and tea. Something as simple as a cup of tea can play a significant role in a balanced and wise life, according to Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyū. Best enjoyed with your favourite tea! Link to the video: Philosophy of …

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Spreading the Word: Why Human Affairs Are Unpredictable

This Friday I share with you an audio recording of a lecture on the unpredictability inherent to human affairs. This lecture was given in the 70s by philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. It is a 1 hour audio and will require focused attention, but it is well worth it. MacIntyre talks in a clear manner and throws …

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Spreading the Word: Creativity and Uncertainty

This Friday I share with you a short video on the relationship between creativity and uncertainty, and what neuroscience has to say about it. A lot of interesting and illuminating insights offered in a clear language by a neuroscientist Beau Lotto. What can feel more uncertain than the state of not knowing? And yet, "Creativity …

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Spreading the Word: Mind-Body Unity

This Friday I share with you a short video on the mind-body unity. It is a hugely important and vastly underestimated truth about us, humans - we are not simply minds in machines, our bodies are not just tools attached to the brain, we are, each of us, a complex unity of a constant mind-body …

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Spreading the Word: New Research on Emotions

This Friday I share with you a fascinating TED talk on emotions. In it, the neuroscientist and professor of psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett talks about the latest research and findings on the nature of our emotions. Where do they come from, what they are, to what extent we can control them, and more. Frankly, I …

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Spreading the Word: Meaningful Conversations

This Friday I share with you an article on how to have meaningful conversations. As many things meaningful, this is a longer read, but it is worth your time. So get comfortable, set aside this time for yourself, and enjoy! When a conversation allows you to better understand something important about yourself, the other person …

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Spreading the Word: Love Yourself

This Friday I share with you an inspiring short video on the importance of loving yourself. Earlier this week I posted a thought that came to my mind recently. You know how it is, you think about something without even realizing you are thinking about it and then, suddenly, a thought forms in your mind. …

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Spreading the Word: Trying Not to Try

This Friday I share with you a thought provoking short video on the wisdom of letting go instead of trying harder. It sounds paradoxical - if I want to achieve something, I must do my best and try hard to get it! Right? Well, sometimes that works. But does this approach have to work for …

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