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32 lessons learned in 32 years

A birthday that soon flows into New Year is invariably a period of reflection. Though I never force myself to set particular goals or seek out particular answers, somewhere around the eve of November 5th questions always start to arise. Then by New Year they occupy my thoughts to the

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The silence of the mountains? Or 9 answers the Himalayas gave me

“No, we don’t want ordinary tea. Can we have ginger and lemon?” Yesterday we turned down tea. Or, to be more precise, I turned it down because my heart was pounding a mile a minute after our ascent, and my companions did the same in solidarity. Altitude sickness was slowly

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The art of following your own path, or How to make your dreams come true?

“Tell us a few things about yourself which the people here don’t know.” This was a task I had set, and it came round to me at the end, after all the other participants had already told their stories. We had come full circle. My turn. “This is actually quite

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How to cut off your hand, and other ways to develop your mindset

The more I experiment with twists and turns on my life path, the more obvious it becomes that radical changes like to take their sweet time. More than they actually need. A slow start is a strong start, and not only for those who like to go through life slowly.

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On depth, and the newsfeeds that corrode your consciousness

A couple of years ago I began a dialogue with the universe. I broadcast, and it listened in silence. Yet it still was a dialogue, I can assure you. I have never claimed to be anything other than a deep-water fish. This is metaphorical, of course, but no less significant

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The less obvious reasons getting stuck in a rut

My main occupation and interest is studying the process of change. Through careful observation of those around me, both loved ones and acquaintances – or, increasingly, my readers and listeners – I always seek out the knots hindering their progress (to help them eventually find and undo them themselves). I

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From the logical to the absurd. A practical method of creating yourself anew

In October my project “Create yourself anew” had its two-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years already, but at the same time hard to believe it has only been two years. Two long years that have gone by in a flash. It’s bizarre: it seems surreal

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Freedom vs Relationships: how to face your fears?

“And so whenever a new potential boyfriend appears on the horizon, I get a sense of dread and can feel myself hardening: what if I lose myself again? What will become of my life if I end up with a husband and kids?” Readers’ questions  Julia, 29 Omsk Hi Olesya!

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7 insights in 7 days: Life cleansing through a detox of mind and body

“So are you facing many problems at the moment? Or is everything going smoothly?” “Um..?!” I was meeting up with a friend who had visited Bali with me two years previously. We were in a café in Moscow and discussing life, sat opposite some contemporary artwork entitled “Never-ending struggle”, worth

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The Woman Question: how do I find love after years of being single?

Responding to readers’ questions. I’m 30. I don’t have a boyfriend and I’ve never had a long-term relationship. What should I do? Svetlana, 30 Lugansk Dear Olesya, Thank you for your site. It is a real gold mine of teachings, practices and inspiration – an encyclopaedia for development and enlightenment.

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