January 1, 2013
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.
Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality
at David Sneickus' and Margaret Arndt's home
7 - 10 pm
Community As Healer
1 - 4 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,
In addition to
attending the concert yourself, you can also sponsor a boy from a local
charter school to attend! Tickets are $75. See details below.
The next Community As Healer workshops is coming up: Saturday, February 2 from 1 - 4 pm.
All funds raised at these workshops are donated to organizations working to make the world a better place for kids.
Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality, 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, January 18 at 7 pm. Contact email@example.com for more information.
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."
|2nd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England: Accessing the Power of Your Voice|
This year's Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday, April 21 from 5 - 7:30 pm at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.
Our female keynote speaker and headliner is world renowned jazz singer Rebecca Parris. Our male keynote speaker is Williams College head football coach, Aaron Kelton. Both Rebecca and Aaron will speak to this year's theme, "Accessing the Power of Your Voice."
performers will include returning favorites (father and son duo, Jesse
and Jack Gauthier, award winning teen barbershop group G20, and award
winning adult barbershop group Sounds of Concord...) and some new and
inspirational talents (including five piece family band, the Kid Jazz
Tickets are $75, available by sending a check payable to Boys to Men New England to BTMNE c/o Linda Marks, 3 Central Avenue, Newton, MA 02460. Please include your name, e-mail and cell phone number with your check.
You can also support BTMNE by:
1. Sponsoring a charter school student
from Codman Academy, Brooks Academy or Prospect Hill Academy to attend
the concert. (Send in $75 payable to BTMNE and you will sponsor one
student to attend).
2. Making a donation of any amount to BTMNE.
3. Taking out an ad in our program ($250 for a business card sized ad).
|Making the World A Better Place for Children|
"The most threatening health crisis facing children in America today is exposure to adverse childhood experiences."
--Journal of Preventive Medicine
first weekend in December, I had the privilege of attending the Life Is
Good Playmakers first level training. The Life Is Good Playmakers
Training is part of the Life Is Good Kids Foundation, the non-profit arm
of Life Is Good, known for their clever and catchy t-shirts and other
products with the famous "Jake" cartoon character image and the words
"Life Is Good" imprinted on them.
The Life Is Good
Playmakers (LIGP) emerged in 2010 when Project Joy, created by Steve
Gross in 1989 to help homeless and impoverished kids, partnered with
Life Is Good. LIGP found that the three most adverse childhood
experiences are poverty, illness and violence, which includes trauma,
neglect and abuse. Trauma, poverty, violence and illness all greatly
compromise a child's spirit, health and future in life. Play has been
found to be the greatest healing force in overcoming these kinds of
To read the entire article...
|Workshops: Community As Healer and Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality|
Community As Healer
Saturday, February 2 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
Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality
Friday, January 18 7 - 10 pm in Newton, MA
For more information or to enroll: Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Emotional Allergies and ADD|
his book, Scattered, Gabor Mate notes that if we add up all the people
in our society who struggle from ADD, depression and other common
psychological "problems" in North America, we will discover that more
than a third of the population "suffers" from these "conditions."
When the numbers
are so large, is there really an epidemic "disease" running through our
culture? Or could it be possible that we we label as "dis-ease" or a
"dis-order," might actually be a positive evolutinary trend,
contributing to the transformation of our society in a life-sustaining
Mate postulates that "what is being transmitted genetically is not ADD, but sensitivity."
And sensitivity is actually a very important trait for our evolution
and survival as a species. Mate reflects that it is sensitive people
who best express "humanity's creative urges and needs," and who can best
interpret the world through their "instinctual responses."
Copyright 2012 Linda Marks
|Creating Better Lives for Kids: Boys to Men, Flo Creed-Jacobson Foundation, BenSpeaks, Life Is Good Kids Foundation|
One of my
greatest commitments is to support organizations that work to make the
world a better place for kids. Four of the organizations I give time to
are Boys to Men New England, the Flo Creed-Jacobson Foundation,
BenSpeaks and the Life Is Good Kids Foundation.
In the months
ahead, I will share more information about each of these important
organizations and the transformational work they are doing. All proceeds from my Community As Healer workshops are donated to these organizations or others like them.
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...
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
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Please let me know what you think of this new blog.