June 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 29 years.
She is also a singer/songwriter, and loves the way music can speak heart
to heart.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 18-year-old son.
To find out more about Linda . . .
can: organize a workshop, sponsor a "Community As Healer"
experience or join with others who might want to learn too.
|Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod|
Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod
will be performing
Sunday, October 5
at Amazing Things Arts in Framingham, MA
"Heart to Heart"
Community As Healer
in Newton, MA
Sunday, July 20
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Artists, musicians and creative folks are especially welcome
If you would like to train in EKP, contact Linda
If you would like to sponsor a
Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, or a Community As Healer workshop,
past month has been particularly rich with music and musical community
I am very grateful to my friends and colleagues at the Boston
Association for Cabaret Artists (BACA) for all the wonderful
opportunities to sing for one another and those in the larger community.
Curry creates beautiful events where BACA singers have the opportunity
to bring music to residents at Senior Centers and Assisted Living
facilities, and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to sing
at Neville Place in Cambridge, the Lynn Senior Center and Cornerstone in
Milford over the past month.
|BACA sings at the Lynn Senior Center|
I have also enjoyed singing with sister in song Tracy Clark, at her
fabulous Thursday night gigs at Putterham Grille, and with the Winikers
at their always warm and joyful Sunday brunches at Skipjacks. We have a
very rich musical community in Boston.
|Singing an original song, "How Can I Reach You" at the Putterham Grille|
This summer I will be organizing several Community As Healer workshops
at long last. Musicians and singers will be especially welcome. Music
is such a powerful healing force. It reaches the depths of the heart
just like EKP. And music also inspires us, brings joy and builds
bridges across our the life divides the so easily separate people. Sunday, July 20th
will be the first one from 4:30 - 7:30 pm
in Newton. If you are a musician or artist and want to be part of an
amazing heartful healing circle, let me know! And others who are
creative are welcome too!
My most exciting news is that at long last, I will be doing a show of my music: original songs, ballads and just plain fun songs, on Sunday, October 5 at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. The theme is, no surprise, "Heart to Heart,"
and I will be accompanied by my creative musical collaborator,
pianomastress extraordinaire, Bonnie MacLeod. I look forward to sharing
more details with you in coming months. We guarantee an afternoon that
will make you smile, laugh and cry....and leave with a full heart.
this issue are: "The Power of Voice," which was written for Spirit of
Change magazine in 2013, and "Living A Succulent Juicy Life."
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
|Singing with Ann Marie at Cornerstone in Milford.|
feel loved when we feel seen, deeply perceived, apprehended, and
responded to by another human being. Being able to be seen requires
vulnerability. It means that we reveal ourselves--or that we put
ourselves in such close proximity to another human being that he or she
can really see us. Intimacy grows when we are seen, when we allow
ourselves to truly behold one another."
think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expresso of
humanity. It is something we are all touched by. No matter what culture
we're from, everyone loves music."
|The Power of Voice|
"Everybody's got a song to sing.
Everybody's got something that they want to say.
And ageless voices stay silent while people dream of words they want to speak for the first time in their lives."
--Linda Marks and Lisa Wexler
"Everybody's Got A Song to Sing"
29 years as a body psychotherapist, I have come to witness how
powerfully the human spirit seeks expression and how finding one's voice
is a critical pathway in connecting with and understanding who we truly
we live in a culture that does not encourage us to find our voice, and
through the power of our voice, make a unique contribution to the
world. Instead, beginning as children, we are drilled with messages
that stifle voice, and often disconnect us from us deeper selves:
"children should be seen and not heard," "be quiet," "you don't really
mean that, " or most crudely, "shut up!" These messages hurt our hearts
and spirits. But more powerfully, they stifle and silence our souls.
To read the complete article
|Living A Succulent Juicy Life|
Now that it is
June, the supermarkets are starting to offer peaches, nectarines, plums
and cherries--some of the delicious fruits that come with warm weather
and summer. All of those fruits can be described as juicy and
succulent. When you take a bite into a fresh ripe peach, the flavor and
juice cascade out of the fruit into your mouth, bringing a wonderful
sensation of joy and satisfaction.
What would it
mean if the way we lived our lives was as juicy and succulent as a ripe,
flavor-filled peach? Might we engage our whole bodies, our whole
hearts and all five of our senses? Might we move beyond the limitations
of our heads and brains, letting a sense of abundant sensuality drive
juicy life would never be boring. It might have quiet moments. Our
minds might be clear of thoughts or worries sometimes. Or even
pondering thoughts and worries sometimes. But full engagement in the
moment, with our breath, with whatever is authentic, real and true would
be the hallmark, more than idle busyness, running on a seemingly
directionless treadmill or feeling pressured to do more rather than be.
Community As Healer
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.
about 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 psychotherapist, coach and mediator who has worked with
individuals, couples, families and groups for 29 years in Newton, MA.
Helping people connect, feel heard and understood so they have
healthier, happier relationships is at the heart of her work.
Special workshop for musicians and artists:
Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: 3 Central Avenue, Newton, MA
|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.