June 1, 2014 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
The Power of Voice
Living A Succulent, Juicy Life
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About Linda
Me and Flora

Linda 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 . . .



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Would you like to learn how to do Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy(EKP)?   

 

You 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" 

 

Summer

Community As Healer

Workshops

 in Newton, MA

Sunday, July 20

4:30 - 7:30 pm

Newton, MA

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,

contact LSMHEART@aol.com



 

Welcome
The 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.

Sara 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 at Lynn Senior Center
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 at Putterham Grille
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.

Articles 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!    

Heartfully

Linda

 

Singing with Ann Marie
Singing with Ann Marie at Cornerstone in Milford.
 

 

 

 "We 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."

 

--Daphne Kingma

 

 

 

"I 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." 

 

--Billy Joel

 

  

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"

1981

 

 

In 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 are.

 

Sadly, 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 us?

A succulent 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


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.

Learn 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 supported!

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?
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.

EKP 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 expression.

 

  

Emotional 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.

Heartfully,


Linda Marks


email: lsmheart@aol.com
phone: (617) 965-7846
web: www.HealingHeartPower.com