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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | November 7th, 2018


Though it’s been a fairly rainy autumn here in the Northeast, on those occasional autumnal nights when the sky is clear, the stars seem especially bright. Indeed, the air, this time of the year, has a characteristic quality of lightness itself. I find it particularly profound, and moving – this quote by one of my…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | October 9th, 2018

The Cults in our Culture

You only have to watch the news for a few seconds, or scan the paper or your Facebook feed, to see it. The “us” and “them” mentality seems to be intensifying. Also true is that this is not new. As far back as recorded history, the story has remained much the same: oppression — the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | September 3rd, 2018

What Trees can Teach Us About Life

Ever since I was a little boy, I was fascinated by trees. I remember this became painfully obvious to me after a hurricane hit Long Island where I grew up. There was this Weeping Willow in my backyard that I loved to climb that came down in the storm. I remember going up to it…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | August 11th, 2018

Love, The Only Medicine You Need

This month I’m going to go a little farther out on the limb of a tree I’ve been cultivating–the primacy of a spiritual compass and its relationship to Medicine. I’ll admit up front, I know that I’m running the risk of upsetting you. So, I apologize in advance, because it’s not my intention to turn…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | July 12th, 2018

How are You…How’s Your Being?

When I greet someone, or they greet me, it’s not uncommon for the question, “how are you?” to be heard. It’s polite and often a reflexive greeting that makes sense on the most basic level. Similarly, on the most basic level, it’s typical to hear a response such as, “fine” or “good”. This is often…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | June 13th, 2018

The Emerging Spirit of Wholism

I was at a “health conference” this past week to learn more about how our Autonomic Nervous System (sympathetic/parasympathetic, fight-or-flight/rest-digest functions) affects us. As you may know from my work, Slow Medicine, an underlying theme of my collected experience, learning and beliefs is that there is a common denominator to what ails us — the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | May 15th, 2018

Embracing Your Life – ALL of It!

We have all had those moments when we wish something different happened — small little annoyances, and major tragedies alike. The latter are profound and often beyond the pain that words can describe. The former–bad breaks, missed opportunities, people in our way and problems of all sorts–are numerous, often trivial, by comparison, but bother us…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | April 15th, 2018

The Old Way of Healing

Those in thirst need water, not the faucet. -Hank Wesselman, Visionseeker Have you ever wondered why you have the life you have? Why you face specific challenges? And what this all means for you? Have you ever considered the larger question about the meaning of life in general? ….Or, perhaps you are one of the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | March 17th, 2018

I Love Winter

There are many reasons I love the season of winter. I love the crisp cold air, the incredibly clear blue skies, the sound of the wind howling through leafless trees, the smell of the fireplace and the cozy warmth of the hearth. But, above all else, I truly love the winter because of the spring…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | February 15th, 2018

Examining our Emotions

At our recent Men’s Group, one of the guys shared something he recently came across…a book that suggested that our emotions are essentially another sense; similar to smell, taste, sight, etc. This got me thinking, largely because I have spent so much time considering the effects of emotions, both personally and professionally, that they have…

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