It often happens that one gets fed up with the customary entertainments. There are no any interesting movies on in the local cinemas and the cafes and bowling clubs seem to be such a bore. And here one begins to understand that he or she may lack something that would provide the new unforgettable impressions.

It is sad to admit that we tend to forget about the joy and pleasure that nature gives us. That happens because all our entertainments get more and more technically sophisticated. Gradually we lose the ability to see the happiness in fulfilling the simple relaxing actions such as walking in the local park or watching the birds. Every city dweller is eager to get the new impressions and share them with his or her friends without facing the words “I’ve already downloaded and watched it”. If you want to get an amazing experience that will provide a lot of happy memories for you try to go on a trekking tour. This is the best activity both for the people who miss the hiking with their classmates at school and the ones who have never spent a night in a tent.

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I bet you have seen Easy Rider (1969) by Dennis Hoper, an iconic road movie. The plot of the film seems to be quite simple and it depicts a trip of two friends traveling around America. They are hippies and they are quite independent. Not many appreciated it at the time. Independence? No, never! It was the initial idea of the creators to show the social differences existing in America of the 1960s. America is depicted as pretty traditional and conservative country where people do not accept independence and freedom in a manner declared by hippies. By the way the film gained its recognition due to use of real marijuana and uncensored depiction of nudity and sex. Supposedly Easy Rider was a “touchstone for a generation”. I think that this movie is still iconic and relevant even today.

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If you are familiar with the feeling of total loss and depression, if the suffering became inseparable part of your life, it is high time to change something and practice a new approach to your life. If you feel that you are in a wrong place, that your life goes not in the way you want it to go, you should change direction before you sink down to the deeper layer of the spiritual darkness.

The main and, at the same time the most difficult thing to start with is to understand what you really like to do in life. The occupation which satisfy your needs and helps to reveal your talent can make you a way happier. Try different options and observe which one brings you the greatest pleasure.

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According to the legend the Christian religion was brought to India by the Apostle Thomas. He was supposed to be the first one to found a Christian church in the south of India. It is called the Syrian Church as the service is lead in the Syrian language. The Bible used for the public sermon is also read aloud in Syrian.

In the sixteenth century the invaders from Portugal began the forceful converting the Hindu to the Christian religion. This painful process lasted for almost the whole century under the control of papacy. From the beginning of the eighteenth century the missionary activity starts to develop with the help of the volunteer activists from the USA and western Europe. Today there are more than 20 million Christians living in India. These figures include the votarists of various Christian denominations: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy.

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After “The Ring” movie was released the European viewers found out that the ghost stories also exist in Japan. The words “kaidan” and “neo-kaidan” started to sound everywhere. But if there are the new kaidans there must be the old ones.

Probably someone may remember the “Kwaidan” movie by Masaki Kobaysi telling the four supernatural stories combined in one film. The name of the film is an archaic transcription of the word “kaidan” denoting the mysterious or creepy story”. The film was awarded a special prize on the Cannes movie festival. However it cannot be called a typical example of the genre which was extremely popular in Japan in 50s and 60s but completely unknown outside its border.

Kaidans were traditional elements of the Japanese culture during a long period of time, but the term itself appeared only in the Edo epoch in the sixteenth century. Firstly is was the tradition of storytelling. The custom of a hundred kaidans existed in the middle-aged Japan. The country inhabitants gathered used to gather on one of the houses late in the evening, and a hundred of candles was lighted. Everyone had to tell a scary story after which one of the candles was blown out. The night was passing, some of the people were falling asleep and the border between reality ind imaginary world was getting more and more vague. According to the old legend when the last candle was blown out something awful always happened to those who weren’t sleeping. Of course the tension was growing as it became darker in the room. Read More

Holotropic breathwork is a method that used by those who search new ways of self-exploration and personal transformation. This method is supposed to be very powerful. Holotropic breathwork was created and developed by Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof, Czech scientists based in the USA. The method includes breathing techniques that allow people to reach non-ordinary states. This practice was developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Researches done by Stanislav Grof were forbidden in some countries for a long period of time. Why so? Obviously because Grof spent some time doing researches of LSD and its effects.

There are still many people who are against this type of practice. Well, I’m not for or against it. I just want to understand what the practice means and what can be useful in it?

As the rule holotropic breathwork practiced in pairs. But there are some exceptions and people are allowed to practice it individually. The practice includes several elements. Among them are group meeting, hyperventilation also known as intensified breathing, evocative music, physical work and finally drawing in an expressive way.

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