The Third Capital of Russia

I’ve just returned after a two-day trip to my native city, Nizhny Novgorod, the third largest city of Russia which in some nearest past was called “the third capital” due to the fact that there had been the biggest fair in Russia (right at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers).

I love it. Just because it is the city where I was born in and spent the, so far, largest part of my life. Though it can be also justly loved for its beauty and diversity…

This time it occurred to me that having formed an image of my native city in my mind I have stopped “noticing” the city itself as it is now. Always overloaded by the things to “have time to do” while I am there I go (rush) from place to place dwelling in some thoughts of mine… It was like this two days ago as well but… at least I made myself take pictures of the city – just as it is – thus paying attention to the “details” around.

The road leading from the Kremlin to the Volga.

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Nature vs Humans

When in most parts of Russia it is still snowing (though it is already May 12) and the bloggers, one by one, are writing how tired they are from the 7-month winter, we are happy to enjoy flowers in the forest living in 900 km from the capital. Frankly, I have not expected there can be such a great variety of flowers in the forest just at the beginning of May!

 

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Just My Bike and Me

There are periods in life when nothing goes as has been planned. Meetings cancel, results are not gained, replies are delayed… And at this time the bridge to frustration is quite short…

Today in the morning something in me did not want to give in and persistently continued looking for positive things in what life suggested. And I did what I had been longing for… Took my bike and went to the river… Wouldn’t be possible if not for the unexpected changes in my daily timetable.

The view is absolutely awesome. A deeply blue colour of the water has obviously soaked the indigo tinge of the sky. A loud intensity of the small curly waves of the Volga chains your attention. The sand is being combed by the piercing wind and it is really dazzling because of the too bright sun. And there is nobody. Not a soul… And you just sit down on the so-far-not-very-warm sand and feel completely peaceful – just yourself in the nature.

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In the Very Heart of Russia

In 2011 I moved to another city and my life changed tremendously. Mostly because there appeared people in my life who we were sharing and are sharing now the same views on what the world should and can be and how people can transform themselves and the world around into a much better place.

Since that year my travelling  together with my friends with the uniting purpose of giving concerts (conisting of dance and music) realizing the aim to balance people’s inner state has been on its way.

6 years has passed since 2011 and we are still moving somewhere once or twice a month. Lots of interesting things happened during the last 6 years but let me start with the present as with our present we create the future.

So, speaking about the present… today in the morning after a 17-hour drive in a white W bus we arrived in the capital of Russia. Moscow met us with Continue reading “In the Very Heart of Russia”

Striving for Nature

The man made a huge mistake when he imagined that he could separate himself from nature and that he might not reckon with its laws“. (V. Vernadsky, Russian and Soviet scientist, thinker and public figure)

We are created according to the laws of nature, and therefore it is foolish not to follow them. Not knowing the basic rules and laws of nature, mankind will not be able to subdue the elements, to manage them and to become excellent in relation to other creatures on earth.

Another Russian publicist and writer said, “Great things are done with great [financial] means. Only nature makes everything for free“. (A.I.Gertsen)

All the ideas mentioned above are especially intelligible when winter comes to its end. There appears a strong desire to become closer to nature for it to clear and balance you.

Thus, it was not an odd deed of ours (mine and my daughter’s) when we tried to overcome the mud and puddles of early spring striving to turn out in the forest. A little bit soaked feet and dirty hands were really worth it! And in such weather when the sun is shining and everything is melting it is even more pleasant to be in the forest realizing that you can hear birds’ singing and not people’s voices as not many of the latter are ready to start for the forest along the muddiest road ever.

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Travelling changes our brain

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To get of a bad mood doctors and scientists recommend “switching off” your brain. A way to do it is to go travelling.

Researchers observed a group of people who walked about a forest for 1,5 hours. In each of them brain activity decreased in the areas of their brains responsible for psychological illness. Just imagine what can happen if someone spends several days surrounded by nature!

Their level of creative thinking increased by 50%.

So, it’s worth dropping everything once in a while heading somewhere quite beautiful.