April 1, 2011

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Happiness Versus Well-being
Greed Is A Terminal Disease
Race to Nowhere
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About Linda
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Linda Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for more than two decades.

Author 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 15-year-old son.

To find out more about Linda . . .

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Would you like to learn how to do Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy(EKP)?   

If you would like to apprentice in EKP, you may want to consider participating in a half-day EKP workshop or be part of the Community As Healer group.

The Sunday nigh tEKP 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  


Sunday Night EKP Therapy Group
seeks new members
6 - 8 pm
 Newton, MA
May 7
Nourishment As a Spiritual Practice
1/2 day workshop
1 pm - 4 pm
Newton, MA

May 15
Community As Healer
1/2 day workshop
10 am - 1 pm
Newton, MA

June 2011
Healing and Nourishing Your Heart
Emerson Hospital
Concord, MA 
EKP Apprenticeship Program accepting applications. 

EKP opportunities in Newton include:
* Being a guest client in the Student Clinic
* Apprenticing in EKP

If you would like to sponsor a Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, a Community As Healer workshop, or have a group of people who you would like to bring EKP to, please contact LSMHEART@aol.com.

To find out more . . .   

WelcomeThis past month the darkside of human nature has been in the spotlight.  The war in Libya, the nuclear power plant crisis following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the message a powerful film, "Race to Nowhere," provides about competitiveness taken to an extreme in the American culture, all give pause. 

While deep down inside, I do believe people are good, narcissism reigns in too many places in our culture today.  As the sign in front of my Unitarian church reads, "Making a living is what we get.  Making a life is what we give," a quote from Winston Churchill.

When we are taught from an early age to look out for #1, take wherever we can and don't look back, and "next" people with whom we are having challenges and conflicts, because people, like machines, are replaceable, and working through difficult situations is not pleasant, we are removing the heart and soul from the next generation.  And it makes people sick and suicidal.

Articles in this issue are:  "Happiness Versus Well-being," looking at the importance of deeper meaning than the momentary pleasure that positive psychology underscores, "Greed Is A Terminal Disease," underscoring that, as Kimanthi Mutua, a Kenyan microcredit back managing director, the only real social security is collectiveness, and "Race to Nowhere," introducing Vicky Abeles' powerful film about the state of education today.
On Saturday, May 7, I am leading a new 1/2 day workshop, Nourishment As A Spiritual Practiceexploring how we nourish ourselves in our lives. 
Our next Community As Healer gathering will be in Newton on  May 15Together we can create safe healing space in the larger world, and  empower people to literally, "lend a helping hand."  

I have created a new Community As Healer group on Facebook, for people who want to be part of or support this healing work.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Community-As-Healer/192746177418410

The Sunday night EKP therapy group seeks new members.  It is a wonderful way to do deep healing work in a safe, community space, and work on vision and goals as well.  
You can also "like us" on our HealingHeartPower  Facebook page. By "liking us", you will be notified whenever a new blog post is published.

Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    



What is EKP?
EKP is 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 expression.
Find us on FacebookHappiness Versus Well-Being



On Tuesday, March 15, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled, "Is Happiness Overrated?"  With "positive psychology" as today's popular buzzword in research and media circles, who would question whether pursuing happiness might, as the WSJ article suggests, be doing us more harm than good?


It turns out that "happiness as people usually think of it--the experience of pleasure and positive feelings,"  is not nearly as important to physical health as meaning and purpose.  Engaging in meaningful, purposeful activity creates a deeper and more impactful positive state, which is called "eudaimonic well-being, " than lighter fun, which is called "hedonic well-being."  The effects of eudaimonic well-being contribute not only to better mental health and cognitive acuity but also to a longer life than focusing on achieving feelings of happiness alone. 


For the entire article...


Copyright 2011 Linda Marks

Find us on FacebookGreed Is A Terminal Disease
While intellectually, many of us know that anything taken to an extreme
can lose its goodness, practically, our culture seems to have forgotten that this is so.  While the Wall Street culture promoted the idea that "greed is good,"  just as a person who lives on a diet of junk food will ultimately become seriously ill, too much greed for too long exacts a toll.  The toll is felt by the greedy, the people taken advantage of or shut out from the food chain, and by society as a whole.
Bernie Madoff's uncontained greed not only led to his sentence of life in prison, but also to the suicide of one of his sons.  Greed on Wall Street, in business and in the political arena, has left countless people adrift, unemployed, homeless, and displaced, without hope of any change in their circumstances.  And the greedy who put so many people in such difficult positions turn their head the other way and watch their bank accounts grow.
2011 Linda Marks    

See "American Nightmare" in the April 2011 issue of Psychology Today and "The Real Social Security" by Kimanthi Mutua in the October 2007 issues of Ode Magazine for more.
Find us on FacebookRace to Nowhere
Having heard about the documentary film, "Race to Nowhere," first from an article in the paper and then from a client, I was ecstatic to learn that Newton North High School was showing the film this past month.  My son Alex and I cleared our calendars  so we could attend the screening.  I am very glad we did!
Produced by Vicky Abeles, using the words and experiences of students across the country, their teachers, administrators, parents and other professionals who serve them, the film paints a very accurate and sad portrait of what education is like in our culture today.  With all the pressure to build a resume to be successful in the job market, starting in preschool, students are overloaded with homework, pressured to take top level classes and get straight A's, while also excelling in extracurriculars, sports, and even more, lacking time for eating, sleeping, thinking or learning.
Copyright 2011 Linda Marks
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.


Linda Marks

email: lsmheart@aol.com
phone: (617) 965-7846
web: www.HealingHeartPower.com