January 1, 2014
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 17-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.
|Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod|
Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod
are working on a Cabaret show for 2014
details to follow
Community Church of Boston
Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod will sing/play
April 13 , 2014
3rd Annual Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert
for Boys to Men New England
at Scullers Jazz Club
5 - 7:30 pm
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,
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events that integrate music, community and a good cause spark the flame
of my passion. I am very excited that Bonnie MacLeod and I will be
singing at the Community Church of Boston the morning of Sunday, January
12. Dean Stevens, not only a fine musician but also a leading advocate
for social justice, and producer of wonderful acoustic music concerts,
has invited us to share our music with this wonderful community!
The 3rd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert" for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday April 13, 2014. We
are building a GREAT line-up of talent, including the "Godfather of
folk," Geoff Bartley, Jazz diva Tracy Clark, and up and coming talent
Marcela Cruz. This year's theme is "Building Community Through
Mentoring." And now that BTMNE is officially a 501c3, your
tax-deductible donations can help group mentoring reach more teenage
This month's features are a lovely heart quote by Jeff Foster, "Do It--or Let It Be Done," and articles on "The Courage at the Heart of Vulnerability," and "The Mirror of Our Relationships." All matters of the heart matter.
Defining Moments for Therapists,
edited by Serge Prengel and Lynn Somerstein, includes a chapter I
wrote, "Soul Geisha." The book is available on Amazon.com.
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
"Our greatest strength lies
in the gentleness and tenderness of the heart"
|Heart Quotes to Live By: "Do It-or Let It Be Done..."|
"Do it - or let it be done - the thing for which your heart has always been waiting.
is the risk? Losing everything? Then lose everything. The experience of
failure? Then experience failure, taste it, find a new kind of success
Rejection? Then open up to the glory of rejection, open your heart wide
to the ones who reject you, see their pain and forgive them for it.
Ridicule? Then fall in love with those voices of ridicule, seeing them
as your beloved new-borns, your own voices in need of kind attention.
is too precious to waste, and too immediate to postpone, and the
'worst' that could happen is a broken body or a shattered image, neither
of which are really who you are. Nothing to lose, except perhaps your
imaginary pride, your frightened ego which secretly longs to burn in the
furnace of living anyway..."
|The Courage at the Heart of Vulnerability|
so often do we equate vulnerability with weakness or neediness or
desperation? Are we so scared of opening our often armored hearts, that
we are uncomfortable with those who dare to open theirs?
vulnerability is not weakness at all. In fact, it is quite the
opposite. It is not only courageous, but even more so, it is a divine
power: the divine power of an open and touchable heart.
To read this article...
|The Mirror of Our Relationships|
colleague Margaret Paul once said that "relationships are the PhD of
life." We can learn many things through introspection and self-focused
personal growth. But we cannot fully grow and evolve unless we actively
embrace the lessons available in all of our intimate relationships:
Parent/child, life partners, friends, creative collaborators, family,
co-workers... Our relationships are truly relation-SHIPS. How smoothly
we sail requires the efforts of both parties. When we hit obstacles,
it can because of me or you or both of us...And consciously tending to
the needs of me, you and the "we," is often required to get the SHIP
back on track.
|3rd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England|
This year's Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday, April 13 or 27, 2014 from 5 - 7:30 pm at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.
(We are working on setting the best date for the most musicians)
are putting together our line up of performers, which will include "the
Godfather of the Boston Folk Scene," Geoff Bartley with Howie Tarnower,
Regal queen of the blues Shirley Lewis' fabulous daughter Angela
Warner, and our father-son duo Jack and Jesse Gauthier, Tracy
Clark...and many other exciting artists to be announced.
Tickets are $50 General Admission and $75 Preferred Seating, 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 teen 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).
4. Being an event sponsor ($500 donation gets your logo on the back cover)
|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
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."
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.