|December 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 January,
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 new members. 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
Thursday Night EKP Therapy Group
seeks new members
7 - 9 pm
Community As Healer
1/2 day workshop
11 am - 2 pm
in Newton , MA
"Healing and Nourishing Your Heart" workshop at Healing Moon in Norwood, MA
EKP Apprenticeship Program begins
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
together. EKP opportunities in Newton include:* Being a guest client in the Student Clinic* Apprenticing in EKPIf 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 . . .
Special workshop on Making Peace With Money
More details to follow soon
holiday season is ripe with commercially coined shopping opportunities
which permeate the airwaves, namely Black Friday and CyberMonday.
seems that the spiritual and relational grounding of the holidays can
be lost in the chaos of overly crowded parking lots or e-waves as people
rush to get a bargain NOW.
a counterbalancing force, we might create Peaceful Oasis days, where we
sleep in, cook lovely breakfasts and hang out with friends and family
instead of going shopping in person or on-line! The gift of one
another's presence is priceless, and can be lost in our cyberage!
week I had the privilege of leading a training on Emotional Safety for
some of the core members of HandReach Beat Brigade in Jamaica Plain.
This wonderful project uses drumming to help people heal from trauma.
I look forward to returning again and journeying deeper with this
wonderful group of people!
This winter, I look forward to leading two workshops in Emerson Hospital's innovative Health
and Wellness Program. "Healing and Nourishing Your Heart: The
Physical-Emotional Connection," will take place on February 16. The
date for "Understanding Your Child's Emotional and Spiritual Needs" is
still being set.
December 4 will be a, Community As Healer half-day
workshop in Newton. This workshop provides an opportunity to explore
and experience what is involved in literally lending a helping hand.
The next "Healing and Nourishing the Heart" will take place on December 11, at the Healing Moon in Norwood.In an effort to create more ways to connect with community members, dialogue and share ideas, I have created a new blog at HealingHeartPower.blogspot.com. Sign up for new posts and please add your thoughts to discussion threads.
Articles in this issue focus on relationship matters: "The Possible Relationship,"
shares wisdom on what it really takes to love and sustain an intimate
relationship, courtesy of my colleagues from the UV Family and "Desire in the Twilight Years," looks at the too often taboo subject of love, intimacy and sexuality in our elder years.
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Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
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
|The Possible Relationship|
I was digging through my archives, I discovered a wonderful article my
colleagues, Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin, Evy MacDonald and Monica (whose
last name I cannot recall) wrote in 1985 on "The Possible Relationship."
Their reflections on what love really is and the personal responsibility each person needs to take for a relationship to succeed were powerful, and worth sharing.
Here is an excerpt from their article:
our heart sharings, we encountered our next unexpected lesson in
relationship. When we listened without judgment and shared without
editing, we found that we were consistently "in love with each other."
But it wasn't love as we had known it--love as a reaction to another
person. It was love that came from simply removing all the resistance
to each other."
"Love wasn't an emotion (though wonderful emotions went along with it) and it wasn't a response; it was more like a choice. Love was a space. It couldn't be given or received, only entered."
is a limitless space that any of us could enter by letting go of our
protective games. Each one of us had our own door to the room of love,
one uniquely shaped in the image and likeness of our naked selves. We
had to leave our masks and armor and baggage outside the room of love
and could only retrieve them by leaving love. Judgment, taking offense,
blame and guilt are a few of the components of that baggage. They
exist only outside the room of love."
"We found consistently that
when we based our relationship on shared residency in the room of love,
every aspect of our relationship, from the sexual to the intellectual,
was easy to work out. But every time we'd run to play with some of the
baggage outside, be it sexual attraction, or anger or desire to rescue
someone, suddenly there would loom insurmountable problems. Solution: stay in love. Absurdly simple, and not always easy to live."
"These discoveries clearly shifted the responsibility for all aspects of our relationship back onto each of us as individuals...The quicket access to love is giving it..."
"If any of us feel unloved, the first step is...to love."
"Personal responsibility extended to every aspect of our relationships:
to perceiving, initiating, and completing jobs to communication to
sexuality (when, where and even how good), to decisions about our future
focus. In essence, each of us took a vow to be 100% responsible for
the quality of the relationship (not 50-50l, not 100% for our part only,
but for all of it) and for the positive outcome of it. We gave up the
right to blame each other."
"Miraculous breakthroughs can
happen when the energy normally focused on assigning blame is instead
dedicated to create re-perception of the 'problem,' so that the solution
can become evident.
* What am I not seeing that makes this look like a problem?
* What is the most skillful way to work with these circumstances so that it turns out perfectly for everyone?
* From the perspective of love, what does this look like?
* What would it take from ME for this complaint to evaporate?
* How can I provide what I think is missing rather than demanding it?
These are the questions we trained ourselves to ask. So, there was lots of growth."
by the UV Family
from In Context Magazine, Summer 1985
|Desire in the Twilight Years|
mid-November, the Wall Street Journal published an important article,
"Desire in the Twilight of Life," addressing the often invisible and
unspoken issue of intimacy and sexuality as we age.
equates sexuality with youth, and offers images of twentysomething men
and women as icons of sexiness and desirability. What happens when we
inevitably grow older? And what happens as we not only get older, but
become elders? The notion of "retirement," suggests stepping out of the
mainstream of life, reserved for young and middle-aged people building
careers, raising children and supporting families. If having kids is
"unsexy," going gray and gaining wrinkles is even more "unsexy."
love, intimacy, nurturing touch and sexuality, are fundamental parts of
healthy adult expression and relating. And these human qualities don't
simply evaporate or go underground as we age. They remain important
and central human needs. And giving voice and vision to the reality of
love, intimacy and sexuality in our elder years breaks through common
"At a time when almost every kind of physical
intimacy is discussed with increasing candor, the erotic feelings of
empty nesters, retirees and the residents of assisted living centers
remain a taboo subject, except in tiresome jokes about Viagra. But
there is nothing unusual or deviant about romance between older people."
sexuality allows a depth of connection with others and a depth of
expression of self that cannot be found in other media. This connection
and expression is about more than reproduction and propagating the
species. It fulfills our emotional and spiritual needs as much as our
physical ones. It allows a sense of unity and oneness that is a
As baby boomers age, more and more people will
join the ranks of older Americans (aged 65 - 84). And as the article
notes, this generation has "grown up more preoccupied with sex than
perhaps any generation before it." The article cites a study in the New
England Journal of Medicine, that states that poor health is not the
main reason older people abstain from intimacy. "Loss of desire is also
not nearly as common as our popular culture would have us believe."
For many women, the main issue is the lack of a willing or able partner.
Viagra ads would have us believe that all men over 50 struggle to
achieve arousal naturally, even in the oldest age groups studied, the
majority of men report having little difficulty in this way. While for
some, libido decreases, other problems such as "premature ejaculation in
men and painful intercourse in women, actually become less common with
Because of the imagery of "asexuality" as we age,
as we age, we forget the reasons for condoms beyond birth control.
STD's, including HIV, become a real risk for people 50 - 80, who think
they are "beyond the need for safe sex."
Too, we forget the
emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality and sensuality. Emotional
comfort and spiritual bonding are human needs that are important and
relevant throughout our adult lives. If we begin to open our minds and
expand our vision to a more humanistic view of aging, our lives will be
richer and more fulfilling, including sexually and sensually, as well as
It is never to late to love, and it is also
never too late to have intimate connection. If we break down the walls
created by stereotypes about again, we will offer better role models to
the next generation, and have more fulfilling, connected lives, whatever
My first blog at www.heartspacecafe.com/blog
will still be active, but it is built in forum software, which many
people find more cumbersome to use than official "blog" software.
In an effort to cultivate more dialogue in more contemporarily relevant ways, my new blog at HealingHeartPower.blogspot.com
is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.
Please let me know what you think of this new blog.