|May 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 . . .
|Living From the HeartHealingHeartPower Calendar|
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
Emotional Safety and the Heart of Trauma
Training with HandReach Beat Brigade
Jamaica Plain, MA
Community As Healer
1/2 day workshop
12:30 - 3:30 pm
Living From the Heart
8:30 - 10 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 . . . |
Articles in this issue are: "Being A Face to Face Person In An Increasingly Virtual World," looking challenges of preferring face to face relating when skyping, texting and teleconferencing seem to prevail, "Altruism is Good For YOU," exploring how by giving, we actually receive, and "I Am," a
powerful film about what's wrong with the world and what to do about
it, made by Tom Shadyac, best known for his comedy films "Bruce
Almighty" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,"
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. 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?|
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
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.
LIVING FROM THE HEART
Friday May 20 8:30 - 10 pm
at the home of Margaret Arndt and David Sneickus
hearts thrive when our lives are "coherent," meaning we have a sense
that life is purposeful, manageable and meaningful. This approach to
living makes us happier and healthier in all ways. The messages we
receive from the culture, however, do not often invite us to go inward
and listen to our hearts. Instead, we are told to do more, go faster
and keep going....skipping over critical messages our hearts and bodies
give us moment to moment and over time about the things we really need.
this evening workshop, you will have a chance to slow down, bring your
focus inwards and listen to your own heart. We will explore some of our
basic human needs (beyond food, clothing and shelter, like being
welcome in the world, not having to do it all alone, and having
emotional and spiritual connection) and how to bring more of what really
matters into our lives.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Linda Marks, MSM|
|Being A Face to Face Person In An Increasingly Virtual World|
When I started my
psychotherapy practice in 1985, the world was dramatically different
than today. There was no internet. There were no cell phones. There was
no e-mail. There were no texts. All media--books, newspapers and
magazines, were physical and in-print, not on-line. And if I wanted to
have a conversation with someone, there were two options: face to face
and on the phone.
In many ways, things were much simpler back then. When my first book, Living With Vision: Reclaiming the Power of the Heart,
was published in 1988, I threw a big book launch party at a Boston area
nightclub to bring people together to celebrate in community. If I were
to publish a new book tomorrow, I would set up a Facebook fan page for
the book, organize a party on Meetup.com, send out an event announcement
using Constant Contact, post announcements on LinkedIn and on my
regular Facebook page, and tweet updates as often as possible to let
For the entire article...
Copyright 2011 Linda Marks
|Altruism Is Good For YOU|
Gordon Gecko might have said "greed is good," from a physiology and
well-being perspective, altruism is better. The Institute of HeartMath
reports that "when we act in other people's behalf, we feel better, more
secure and experience less stress."
When we are helping others
from a place of care, compassion and pure intent, both our brain and our
heart produce oxytocin, the love or bonding hormone.
Heart cells as
well as brain cells produce "feel good chemicals" including dopamine and
endorphins. Only genuine intent creates this hormonal benefit.
©2011 Linda Marks
|I Am by Tom Shadyac|
Shadyac thought he had it all. A successful film producer, known for
comedies like "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Bruce Almighty," :The Nutty
Professor" and "Liar, Liar," Tom lived in a 17,000 square foot mansion,
filled with art and exotic antiques, with a collection of private
jets. Everything changed when after a bike accident Tom suffered from
Post-Concussion Syndrome. He was rendered incapacitated, perhaps for
good, and began a deep psychospiritual journey that led him to realize
that he had it all WRONG.
He ultimately recovered with new
insights into his prior life of excess and greed, and a sense of purpose
to investigate how he personally, and all of us collectively, could
improve how we live and walk in the world. Tom made a documentary film,
"I Am" to explore the questions "what is wrong with the world, and what
can we do about it?" Tom notes that the only living organism that
takes more than what it needs is the cancer cell. Our world has spawned
an economic cancer, and we are all being eaten by its insatiable
In the film, Tom interviews great thinkers including
Howard Zinn, before his death, Noam Chomsky, Thom Hartmann, Desmond Tutu
and many others, presenting a provocative and compelling portrait of
where we are, how we got here and where we need to go. Yet, he leaves
the viewer with an invitation to explore his own personal path of making
a difference. And the film makes a compelling case that each and every
one of us needs to look inside our hearts and minds and find a way to
help turn around what right now appears to be a planet on a crash course
This film lends itself to viewings in
community groups, followed by discussions of how people can work
individually and collectively to be part of the change, instead of part
of the problem.
To learn more about the film
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.