|April 1, 2011
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
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 . . .
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
Nourishment As a Spiritual Practice
1/2 day workshop
1 pm - 4 pm
Community As Healer
1/2 day workshop
10 am - 1 pm
Healing and Nourishing Your Heart
EKP Apprenticeship Program accepting applications.
EKP opportunities in Newton include:* Being a guest client in the Student Clinic* Apprenticing in EKPIf 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 . . . |
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.
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.
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.
Our next Community As Healer gathering will be in Newton on May 15. Together
we can create safe healing space in the larger world, and
empower people to literally, "lend a helping hand."
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.
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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
|Happiness 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
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
|Greed Is A Terminal Disease|
While intellectually, many of us know that anything taken to an extreme
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.
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
"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.
|Race to Nowhere|
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.