October 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.
Boston Jazz Singers Showcase
Ryles Jazz Club
Community As Healer workshop
1 - 4 pm
Meeting Our Basic Human Needs
at David Sneickus' and Margaret Arndt's home
7 - 10 pm
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,
The next Community As Healer workshop will be on Saturday, November 10 in Newton, MA.
Meeting Our Basic Human Needs: Creating A Village to Support Our Children, will
be my next workshop at the home of Margaret Arndt and David Sneickus
at their home in Auburndale. The workshop will take place on Friday, November 30 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 Tuesday October 23, in the Boston Jazz Singers Showcase. Having familiar faces in the audience always makes a world of difference! The show begins at 8 pm.
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."
| Meeting Our Basic Human Needs: Creating A Village to Support Our Children|
While Maslow talked
about a hierarchy of needs, in our culture we tend to focus on the
bottom of the pyramid, our needs for food, shelter and clothing. We
often don't think deeply enough about our emotional and spiritual needs.
which was at the top of Maslow's pyramid, always seemed to be an
intangible, hard to grasp concept, unlike the physical and tangible
items at the bottom of the pyramid. Clearly, we need food, shelter and
clothing to survive, and if our basic survival needs are not met, life
is very hard. However, in order to truly live and even thrive, once our
food, clothing and shelter needs our met, we have other basic human
In 1990, my colleague
Brian Schulz and I developed a list of6 Basic Human Needs. Each one of
them is fairly simple, yet most of us live our lives without our
"recommended daily allowance" of most of them:
1. The need for abundant, nurturing, non-sexual touch and holding.
2. The need for full
expression of emotions and a listener who responds to this expression
with warmth, understanding and respect.
3. The need for play and pleasure.
4. The need for satisfying creative work.
5. The need for a satisfying and uninhibited sexual life with a loved and loving partner.
6. The need for immersion in and contact with the natural environment.
In a culture that is
increasingly virtual, crazy busy, disembodied and moving so fast that
many of us lose our grounding, what is basic for the heart and spirit
become luxuries or even points of numbness.
To read this entire article...
|Workshops: Community As Healer and Meeting Our Basic Human Needs|
Community As Healer
Saturday, November 10 from 1 - 4 pm in Newton
suggested donation will go to Boys to Men New England, the Life Is Good
Kids Foundation and other organizations committed to making the world
better for children.
Be part of a
healing village doing EKP (Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy)
body-centered psychotherapy work in community and see what we mean in
EKP when we say, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn." We will
create a space of emotional safety, incorporating a heart meditation,
facilitated dialogue, and watching body language and non-verbal cues for
the person having a turn.
the roles of client, witness and helper in EKP as we create a safe
container with our collective heart field in 20 minute turns. No matter
what role you play, our goal is for you to feel nourished and
Linda Marks, MSM,
is a body psychotherapy coach and mediator who has worked with
individuals, couples, families and groups for 27 years in Newton, MA.
Helping people connect, feel heard and understood so they have
healthier, happier relationships is at the heart of her work. Linda is
committed to creating a better world for children and serves as Board
Co-Chair of Boys to Men New England, serves on the Board of Directors
for Ben Speaks, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Flo Creed
Meeting Our Basic Human Needs: Creating A Village to Support Our Children and Ourselves
Friday, November 30 7 - 10 pm in Newton
Maslow talked about a hierarchy of needs (with food, shelter and
clothing at the bottom of the pyramid and self-actualization at the
top), in our culture, we often don't think deeply enough about our
emotional and spiritual needs. While meetings our physical needs is
critical for survival, understanding our emotional, spiritual and
relational needs and how to meet them is equally critical to be happy,
healthy and well.
us as we explore our what comprise our "basic human needs," why we so
often don't get our "recommended daily allowance" of most of them, and
what we can do to bring more wellness, connection and joy into our
lives. Creating a village to support us is a key component. And to the
degree that we understand our deeper needs and have them met, we can
also be present to and nurture our children and the children of the
For more information or to enroll: Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Resilience, Self-Worth and Self-Expression: Ben Speaks Louder Than Words|
feel happy, healthy and connected, most human beings need to feel loved
and seen for who they truly are. This is particularly true for
children, who grow best and thrive when they are in environments that
cultivate their authentic selves in a safe, respectful way.
broken down tremendously in today's world, where bullying is epidemic
from the playground to the boardroom, cutting across age, class, and
education level. While we use the phrase "dog eat dog world," I have
never seen two dogs attack one another with the intensity and impact of
two human beings. We truly live in a "human eat human world," and the
consequences are grave for our children as well as ourselves.
is working to make a transformational change in the tectonic plates that
govern the socio-emotional practices in our schools, in our homes and
in our culture at large. She founded Ben Speakes Louder Than Words after
losing her middle son, Ben, to suicide on April 16, 2009
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...
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