July 1, 2012
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 16-year-old son.
To find out more about Linda . . .
| HealingHeartPower 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.
Boys to Men Open House and Barbecue
12 - 3 pm
Opening for TarBone
Dan Fox's band
Ryles Jazz Club
Dealing With Difficult People
at the home of Margaret
Arndt and David Sneickus
Community As Healer
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy National Conference
Boston Jazz Singers Showcase
Ryles Jazz Club
September 22 - 23
Life Is Good Festival
Community As Healer Clinic Workshop
Natural Living Expo
April 21, 2013
2nd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men" Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England
Scullers Jazz Club
If you would like to train in EKP, contact Linda
If you would like to sponsor a
Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, a Willingness: The Key to Successful Relationships workshop or a Community As Healer workshop,
am also working to grow awareness of the Boys to Men adult-teen
mentoring network, and have decided to raise money for the Life Is Good
Kids Foundation, dedicated to helping kids overcome poverty, violence
and illness. For more details on both of these efforts, read below!
Articles in this issue are: Electronic Cocaine: The Seductive Pull of Computers a
reflection on an article about the work of Peter Whytbrow, director of
UCLA's Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Whytbrow helps us
see how "modern American culture has outrun the biology of our brains."
Moving Beyond Relationship Duress, looks
at how our relationships are often weighted down by societally defined
rules which may not consider the unique journey we travel as we build an
Dealing With Difficult People is the next workshop in the Willingness: The Key to Successful Relationships series
that I have been offering at the home of Margaret Arndt and David
Sneickus at their home in Auburndale. The workshop will take place on Friday, July 18 at 7 pm. Contact email@example.com for more information.
I will be singing again at Ryles Jazz Club in Inman Square in Cambridge on Friday, July 13, opening for TarBone, bassist Dan Fox's band. Having familiar faces in the audience always makes a world of difference! The show begins at 8 pm.
will be presenting a Community As Healer workshop at the United States
Association of Body Psychotherapy's national conference in Boulder, CO
on August 4. It will be wonderful to reunite with EKP grad Gretchen
Stecher, who will help staff the workshop, and to bring along Alex to
staff the workshop too!
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 touched.
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
|Linda Marks, MSM|
safety is the foundation of EKP. When we are emotionally safe, we are
more aware of feelings, sensations and deeper thoughts in our bodies and
hearts. You will have a chance to listen to and care for your heart as
you help create and hold a safe healing space for everyone's heart.
Experience what we mean when we say that in EKP, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn."
|Electronic Cocaine: The Seductive Pull of Computers|
The other day I was
thinking about taking a glance at my e-mail while driving, though I know
the practice of checking incoming messages on a handheld device is now
illegal. I looked ahead and saw a policeman down the road. "Okay. Bad
idea." I said to myself.
As I approached him,
however, I saw that he was not even looking in my direction, attention
firmly glued to his own handheld device. He was typing and reading with
all his attention. I could have been typing while driving and he would
not even have noticed that I drove by, never mind, was doing something I
shouldn't do. Wow!
To read this entire article...
|Workshops: Willingness in Relationships: Learning to Love Another Person on Their Own Terms|
have been doing a series of workshops at the home of Margaret Arndt and
David Sneickus in Auburndale, building on the theme of willingness in
relationships. The next workshop is on Friday, July 18..
Dealing With Difficult People
Are the people we refer
to as "difficult," really difficult? Or do some of their actions,
inactions, behaviors or words just trigger us so deeply that we are
really uncomfortable? How can we see what part is ours and what part is
theirs? Some behaviors really ARE difficult, and learning how to work
with difficult behaviors is a very valuable skill. Learning how the
"difficult" people in our life also offer a mirror for us to more deeply
consider our own growing edges and triggers is equally valuable.
In this workshop, we
will explore what makes someone "difficult," how "difficult" behavior
effects us, and what we can do to both be and feel more effective in
"difficult" situations. Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Moving Beyond Relationship Duress|
colleague of mine recommended a powerful new book that shed great light
on why we are struggling so greatly in relationships today. The book, Sex 3.0 by JJ Roberts,traces
the evolution of human relationships from our pre-industrial days,
where nature guided human behavior, to our modern world, where a long
list of societal rules and expectations demand what is "normal" and
"acceptable" in relationship behavior.
points out that what is "natural" and what is "normal" are not
necessarily the same thing. Those things defined by nature are
"natural." Those things defined by society are "normal," and often they
are NOT "natural." In some cases, they are not truly healthy. When
we are "forced" into following social norms so that we are perceived as
"normal" and "acceptable," we find ourselves experiencing "relationship duress."
Copyright 2012 Linda Marks
|Creating Better Lives for Kids: Boys to Men and Life Is Good Kids Foundation|
|Boys to Men
offers adult-teen mentoring in community,
helping teenage boys find their voices and grow into the men they want
to be. We offer a community group that meets regularly, and also help
schools develop school-based programs. Our 2nd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men" Benefit Concert
will take place at Scullers Jazz Club on April 21, 2013. To learn more...
I am hosting a barbecue at my house on Sunday, July 8
for anyone interested in learning more about this important work, and
particularly for anyone who might wish to consider being a mentor.
Please e-mail me at LSMHEART@aol.com if you would like to attend.
The Life Is Good Foundation is
dedicated to helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. The
Life is Good Festival September 22 - 23 is a fundraiser for this
important work. I have to decided I would like to raise money to
contribute to the Life is Good Foundation. If you would like to
make a donation, please send a check of any amount (from $1 to $1000
plus) payable to Life Is Good Kids Foundation, to me at 3 Central
Avenue, Newton, MA 02460. Include any wishes you might want to
send along. I will gather checks and wishes and send them in to the
foundation! Thanks for your support! To learn more...
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.