July 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
The Power of Voice
The Natural Living Expo
Saturday, November 15
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,
am very excited to now be a member of the Board of Directors of BACA,
the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists. Growing community amongst
singers and musicians enriches us all. I look forward to being able to
collaborate with a wonderful and talented group of people, and have some
wonderful musical events to share with you in the months ahead.
|Singing at BACA (Photo by Carol Robinson)|
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. I love
when a number of musicians show up to support one another and share the
microphone for a song or two.
|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. We hope to have our dear
friends Bo and Bill Winiker play with us on a number of songs. We
guarantee an experience that will make you smile, laugh and cry....and
leave with a full heart.
this issue are: "Social Allergies: The Impact of Annoying
Habits," and "Dancing With Life: I Hope You Dance."
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
|Western MA Boys to Men Mentor Appreciation Dinner|
have to have a deep faith that love will save you. That it's worth
making big decisions for, taking the huge risk to open and have your
existence blown apart. To know that it's power will fuel your life more
than anything else in the universe."
you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has
been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought
to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be
afraid, and the universe will open doors for you where there were only
|Social Allergies: The Impact of Annoying Habits|
The Personal Journal section of today's Wall Street Journal had a headline that caught my attention: "I'm
Sorry, I'm Allergic to You." The article highlighted the work of Dr.
Michael Cunningham, a psychologist and professor at the University of
Louisville, who for 15 years has been studying a phenomenon called,
"Social Allergens," behaviors or habits that drive other people "nuts."
These behaviors or habits can be, intentional or unintentional,
personal or impersonal. All impact others in a way that causes
discomfort, irritation and/or annoyance.
Cunningham describes four groupings of "social allergens." The first
is "uncouth habits." When a person does something that is considered
rude or breaks social norms for polite behavior, they may not be doing
it intentionally and it is not personally directed at others. A person
might be chewing their food loudly, getting food stains all over their
shirt, or picking their nose in public. The behavior may make you feel
uncomfortable, but the actor is not thinking about the others it impacts
To read the complete article....
|Dancing With Life: I Hope You'll Dance|
hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat but
always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for
granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you feel
small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope
one more opens. Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance.
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance.
--Lee Ann Womack
a little girl, I was always moved to dance. When my family went on
vacation to the Cape, if we drove by a "sock hop," I would always ask my
parents to pull over so I could go inside. My parents told me I was a
little girl, and that I would not be allowed inside. But I asked and
asked and asked every single time we passed a "sock hop" sign for months
on end. And one day, perhaps realizing I just was not going to stop
asking, they let me go inside. Child or not, I jumped right in and
danced. And I connected with a very deep impulse in me that has always
moved me, carried me and expressed me.
learned that dance is really a wonderful metaphor for life. And while
it was a sad occasion, the funeral of a teenage boy from the Boys to Men
program's father's sudden and unexpected death, that reconnected me
with Lee Ann Womack's poignant song, "I Hope You Dance," I am grateful
to have her words reintroduced to my heart and mind. When given the
choice to sit it out or dance, I always DANCE.
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.