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: 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: 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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Spreading the Word: Devil’s Many Faces

This Friday I share with you a short and very interesting video about Devil. The manifestation of evil has kept us fascinated, horrified, bewildered since the beginning of history. We have interpreted and reinterpreted the meaning of, behind, and around devil, and continue to do so. So who or what is it? Pure evil? Fallen …

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Spreading the Word: Wisdom Quotes

This Friday I share with you a short video with wisdom quotes from Aesop's fables. They have reached us from an ancient time but their truth is as relevant as always. What I especially love about them is that Aesop shares his wisdom by engaging our imagination. Enjoy! Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jgVDXeI3oE Keeping up …

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