|September 1, 2010
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught
and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for more than
of LIVING WITH VISION and HEALING THE WAR BETWEEN THE GENDERS, she
co-founded the Massachusetts Association of Body Psychotherapists and
Counseling Bodyworkers and is the founder of the Boston Area Sexuality
and Spirituality Network. She holds degrees from Yale and MIT, and has
a vital 14-year-old son.
To find out more about Linda . . .
Would you like to learn how to do Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy
Applications are being accepted for
the 2010 EKP Apprenticeship Program. The apprenticeship group meets
once a month for a weekend training session beginning in September
2010. For more information, contact LSMHEART@aol.com
or call Linda at (617)965-7846.
you would like to apprentice in EKP and get involved before September,
you may want to consider participating in a half-day EKP workshop or a
special seminar for current apprentices.
Thursday night EKP Therapy Group has room for another member. If you
would like to be part of a committed long-term group using EKP, this is
a very special group. An interview and one EKP session are required to
apply. Contact Linda if you are interested at LSMHEART@aol.com
"Emotional Safety: What It Is and Why It Matters" at the "Safe For All" Conference sponsored by the Newton Partnership.
Presentation for the Worcester Holistic Moms Network,
"What DO We Really Need?" For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EKP Clinic Day featuring free 60 minute EKP sessions facilitated by EKP apprentices. To sign up for a session contact LSMHEART@aol.com.
EKP Community Clinic at the Spirit of Change Expo in Sturbridge, MA. Linda will also do a workshop on "Healing and Nourishing Your Heart."
Special workshop on Making Peace With Money 1 - 3 pm at the Spirit of Change Expo in Sturbridge.
you are interested in being part of an on-going EKP group that meets
once a month, let me know. We had run a Sunday EKP Process group for
many years, and could consider forming another one, if there is
interest. Whether your schedule is too busy for a weekly group, or you
live far enough away that a monthly session is more sustainable, if a
monthly group would best meet your needs, we can try to put one
EKP opportunities in Newton include:
* Being a guest client in the Student Clinic
* On-going Thursday night EKP Body Psychotherapy Group
* Apprenticing in EKP
If you would like a Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop near you, or have a group of people who you would like to bring EKP to, please contact LSMHEART@aol.com.
To find out more . . .
past month has taught me first hand what it means to be part of "the
sandwich generation"--where one is both raising one's own children and
balancing aging parents' care needs.
I realize many baby boomers are in this position, and finding a
way to be sure that one doeesn't get squished in the middle can be very
challenging at times. Slowing down, taking some time out to breathe,
and being able to identify when the demands from both sides are too
much is essential.
I am surely being given a real-time workshop to go deeper with these skills!
Reader Hillary Rettig wrote in response to last month's newsletter:
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While it happens to be a Catholic book, the first part of the book may
be interesting no matter your spiritual persuasion. He talks about
things like "having an addiction to security," or more accurately, as
per your article about the problem free life, an addiction to the
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This past month I had the privilege of presenting in two educational forums: a presentation on "Sexuality and Spirituality in Counseling"
for the Brandeis University Sexuality Information Service training, and a presentation on "Emotional Safety" What It Is and Why It Matters" at the "Safe For All: Creating Healthy Environments to Achieve School Success" conference, sponsored by the Newton Partnership.
This month I will have the opportunity to speak on "Basic Human Needs" with the Worcester Holistic Mom's Network, and speak about "Emotional Safety" as part of a wonderful mind-body-spirit television program that practical visionary Chew-Hoong Koh is creating.
I will be giving an intensive workshop on "Making Peace With Money" at the Spirit of Change Natural Living Expo on September 26 in Sturbridge, MA.
On September 25, I will also be doing a talk on "Healing and Nourishing the Heart" at the Spirit of Change Natural Living Expo.
While I have been working with money matters for over 25
years, I am finding myself in a new cycle of my own introspection as I
start focusing on Alex's college years, which will begin in 4 years.
We have two EKP Community Clinics coming up, one in Newton on September 11 and one at the Spirit of Change Expo on September 25.
The first article in this newsletter, "Intergenerational Healing," reflects some of my introspective musings following the death of my father this past month.
"Why Connections Really Matter" was inspired
by comments of the "Safe For All" conference keynote speaker Jeff
Wolfsberg. This month I have incuded a "Quote for the Heart,"
provided by my colleagues Joel and Michelle Levey of Wisdom at Work.
Joel and Michelle periodically sent out quotes d'jour for thought and
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What is EKP?
Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy, a heart-centered,
body-centered psychotherapy method Linda Marks developed and has taught
and practiced for nearly twenty years. Working with the heart, touch
with permission, the wisdom of the body and the intuitive guidance of
the spirit, EKP creates a special sense of intimacy that deeply touches
and transforms most all who participate.
Participants can be "client," witness or helper as an individual group
member has a "turn" to do deeper heart-centered, body-centered
psychospiritual work in the center. Since the electromagnetic field of
the heart extends out 10 - 12 feet from our bodies, as we go deeper and
open our hearts, we are all touched.
EKP helps restore our capacity as organs of perception. The skin is our
largest organ, and a source of soul deep knowing, perception and
expression. When our hearts and hands can work as one, we move beyond
defenses safely and respectfully and find freedom, connection and
|Threads of Intergenerational Healing
grandfather came to this country from Austria at the end of the 19th
century. He had wanted to be a doctor, but with more than 11 children,
putting food on the table pre-empted his career ambitions.
thought of raising so many children is mind-blowing in today's world.
Most families I know have 1 to 3 kids. A family with four kids is
"large" by today's standards. Yet, my great-grandfather managed to
feed and clothe his large breed, and interestingly enough, just about
all his children ended up in a medical or medical-related profession.
who was born in the 1890's, became a physician, and worked as a general
practitioner during the depression in the Pawtucket, RI area. As a
small child, he conveyed to me the ethical responsibility of a healer
to truly care for those who seek them out for care. My grandfather
told stories of patients who came to his home who left with a loaf of
bread and milk or butter, rather than an empty wallet. It seemed more
important to make sure people had what they needed, than to focus on
the fee one might charge and the money one might accrue providing
liked my grandfather's values, and very much embraced the same ethics
as I grew older and considered my own professional pathway. My father,
like his father and uncles, pursued a career in the medical field. He
first became a medical researcher, studying prostaglandins as an
endocrinologist. He had a knack for administration, and worked his way
up the administrative ladder at the Boston Veterans Administration
Hospital to become Chief of Staff.
for the government beginning in thet 1950's, maximizing one's salary
was never my father's focus. I watched his reactions as the medical
care landscape changed over the next four decades, where health and
care became more and more removed from the insurance-driven medical
industry. The more medicine became a "business" focused on
"profit," the more troubled my father appeared to be. He did not
recognize what the profession his father had modeled for him was
becoming. He did not like what he saw unfolding before his eyes.
a student at Yale during the late 1970's, I did not like what I saw in
the behavior of pre-med classmates or professors. One Organic
Chemistry professor rewarded the students who broke into his office to
steal the answers to a very difficult test. For those of us who tried
our best to study and take the test based on learning what we could in
class, the thought that classmates would break into the professor's
office to steal answers to an exame was horrifying. Yet, the
professor's response was "medical school is competitive, and your
classmates have demonstrated their competitive ethic." I felt a knot
in my stomach when I learned that their answers had skewed the bell
this is who my colleagues will be, I don't want to be a doctor," I
concluded. I turned my focus on my true passion: the relationship of
mind to body, psychology to medicine, and to a career as a healer, not
followed my heart, and continued to bring the patient care ethic my
grandfather modeled to my work, I realized I was a different kind of
physician than the ones who receive MD degrees today. Yet, I had much
in common with a prior generation of physicians, whose attitude and
tools might have been much closer to mine than their modern day
did not want to be limited and even weighed down by a dysfunctional
insurance system that was more committed to profits for its managers
than providing needed care for its "subscribers" or "customers." As a
"customer" myself, I have experienced my insurance company not wanting
to approve benefits I am supposedly paying for based on the statement
of "benefits" I thought I signed on for when I started sending in my
the business of medicine has changed dramatically over the past
century, the healing ethic that has been passed down through the
generations in my family has not. With the death of my father on
August 10, I have found myself reflecting more on the lineage I am part
of, and the power of intergenerational healing threads.
am proud that I am continuing on in a tradition of health and care that
is more deeply rooted and farther reaching than some of the conventions
of contemporary practice. Funny to be an innovator and a visionary, on
the one hand, and a deeply rooted traditionalist on the other!
©2010 Linda Marks Please share your thoughts . . .
|Why Connections Really Matter
August 25, I had the privilege of attending the "Safe For All:
Creating Healthy Environments to Achieve School Success," conference
sponsored by the Newton Partnership.
The keynote speaker, Jeff Wolfsberg, addressed "The
Teacher Student Connection and Why It Matters." In a world in which
automation, regulations,and sophisticated technology to monitor and
control human behavior have become more and more dominant, it is easy
to lose track of the human factor. People communicate more and more
through electronic media--texting, twittering, Facebook and the
like--and less and less face-to-face in one-on-one conversations.
Communication is reduced to sound bites, fast and immediate. The time
and space necessary for thoughtful introspection and heartful dialogue
is becoming less common, and perhaps is an unknown experience for some.
today invest a lot of time and resources "coaching" their children for
early success, and remain "helicopter parents" as their children try to
grow and individuate, delaying true separation and emotional
maturation. On the one hand, people say children today are spoiled and
have much more support than in past generations. On the other hand,
the pressure for immediate success, and the demanding schedules and
stringent rules kids today grow up with constricts the freedom,
creativity and "natural process" of childhood and growing up.
Our culture focuses on intellectual development and athletic
achievement, but overlooks cultivating emotional and social literacy,
which takes place through the quality of our human relationships.
Wolfsberg noted that our educational systems are based on a patriarchal
model, which features "power over," "domination" and "control." He
commented, "This gives compliance, but not consent."
added that 20% of kids who enter school have mental health issues, the
top ones being anxiety and depression. 40% of families have an
immediate family member with an alcohol or drug problem. Americans
really dislike pain, so "self-medicating is as American as apple pie."
Wolfsberg acknowledged that while Americans make up 5% of the world's
population, we consume 65% of the world's drugs. Whether through our
medical system with prescription drugs, or at our own hands with
alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or other "street drugs," we have
enculturated a norm of taking a substance to distance us from our pain.
Wolfsberg reflected that "schools are defacto mental health
systems when kids walk in the door." And from my experience, that is
not a context that teachers, administrators or parents see or address
consciously and intentionally. Wolfsberg noted that many kids suffer
from "developmental trauma--the absence of effective nurturing," and
still others suffer from "developmental misfortune," with an epidemic
of narcissistic parents.
children and young adults carry the emotional burden of this context,
and yet are invisible in an environment that does not take our
emotional pulse or monitor our mental health. Wolfsberg acknowledged
that "academic success if based on a child's ability to learn," yet we
don't seem to understand or focus on the relationship of a child's
emotional climate at home, at school and in society with their ability
to learn or their learning challenges.
kids feel like numbers in a big system and are viewed that way. It is
not emotionally safe to show vulnerability and there is no clear, safe
channel to go to when things are not okay.
seems that we focus on externally-defined measures of success, but
rarely ask ourselves the introspective question, "what really
matters?" Wolfsberg suggests we ask ourselves this question, and use
this as a framework to live and work from, and a basis for our
relationships and conversations. People grow to their potential when
they feel they matter, and know that someone actually notices them and
cares about how they are feeling and how things are in their lives.
cited a school in which the headmaster know every student by name and
something about them. Knowing students' names matters to students.
"The health of a community is based on the quality of relationships in
a community," noted Wolfsberg, and developing a sense of connection
between people--students and teachers, students and students, teachers
and teachers, parents and teachers andn so on is the foundation of
principle in EKP is that EVERYONE matters, and what matters to someone
really matters. All our thoughts, feelings, experiences, hopes,
dreams, losses and aspirations really matter. And to be treated as
though we matter and what matters to us really matters is the
foundation of what I call love and respect.
comes when we feel safe enough to share our humanness, our
vulnerability and not just our knowledge, advice or judgment. While we
may need to play roles and act with authority, if we are impermeable
robots and not compassionate and human beings, we perpetuate the
patriarchal model that makes too many of us feel emotionallly
invisible, as though we don't really matter.
encourages us to ask "what is a worthy conversation?" and to dialogue
about what really matters. This will allow a space of safety, respect
and connection. And this will allow us to develop a base of "empowered
citizenship," rather than a society whose security comes from
mechanical devices at airports. There is great power in noticing that
someone is sad, withdrawn, angry or "not okay." And there is even
greater power in respectfully approaching the person and trying to make
a connection with them, so they know someone notices and cares.
we have learned to turn to alcohol and drugs because we have not been
given the opportunity or skills to turn to one another. I believe we
all have the intuitive and emotional capacity to notice and respond to
our own pain and the pain of others. We just need to work together to
create an emotionally safe climate where it is okay and even considerd
a good thing to reach out respectfully, connect, listen and care.
|Quote for the Heart
Joel and Michelle Levey of Wisdom at Work send out periodic quotes
d'jour that are often provocative and inspiring. Here is one they
shared that I thought was worth passing on.
will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone
won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You
have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And
when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or
death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the
apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell
yourself you tasted as many as you could."
- Louise Erdrich
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