April 1, 2016
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught
and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for 30 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 20-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 host a workshop.
|Singing on Talk 'n Tunes with Dave Birkin on saxophone|
Integrated Mind-Body Decision Making:
The Inner Board of Directors
Monday, April 4
7 - 9 pm
Community As Healer
Saturday, April 23
1 - 4 pm
Community As Healer
Friday, April 15
7 - 9:30 pm
The Heart of Integrating
Sexuality and Spirituality
United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
(I will be teaching on Thursday 7/21 and Friday 7/22)
Frank Walsh host
with Claire McFarland
and Dave Birkin
Interview and 3 original songs
Will be aired on SMAC in early April
Boston Public Library
with Tom LaMark and Dave Birkin
Thursday, April 14
War Memorial Auditorium
Friday, April 29
Carole King and Burt Bacharach
with Kaoruko Pilkington
First Monday at
7 pm dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm show
SingOut for Cancer:
Music As Medicine
Benefit Concert for
UpStage Lung Cancer
Dana Farber Red Sox Auditorium
At The Music Salon
in Waltham, MA:
Lori Diamond and
Saturday, May 14
Potluck 6 pm
Concert 7 pm
Lori Diamond and
Chuck Vermette and
Saturday, June 11
Potlcuk 6 pm
Concert 7 pm
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,
March 22 I had the opportunity to perform a set of music, including 3 original songs with Mark Shilansky on piano, Greg Holt on bass and Steve Chaggaris on drums at Ryles Jazz Club as the feature in Celia Slattery's monthly Singers Showcase. My duet partner for our upcoming Carole King/Burt Bacharach show on May 2 at Club Cafe, Kaoruko Pilkington sang a jazzy version of one of her Bacharach tunes!
March 25, Frank T. Walsh had me on his tv show, Talk 'n Tunes, along with Dave Birkin on saxophone and flute, and Claire McFarland in a vocal duet on three original songs
|Talk 'n Tunes|
One of the most fun shows coming up is "Linda Marks and Kaoruko Pilkington Sing the Music of Carole King and Burt Bacharach" on Monday, May 2 at the First Monday series at Club Cafe
in Boston. If you have not been to Club Cafe, it is a warm, intimate
and delightful venue. It is really a center of the Boston Cabaret music
scene. Kaoruko is a wonderful singer who teaches at Berklee. Tom
LaMark will join us on piano and Dave Birkin will join us on sax and
This show is done in a supper club style, so make a dinner reservation for 6:45 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Please DO make your reservations ASAP, because these shows sell out!
Call Club Cafe
Lisa and I have recorded "Everybody's Got A Song to Sing" for my new "Coming Full Circle" album that will be released in 2016. (By clicking on the link here, you can hear the song as sung by Lisa and me in the early 1980's when we wrote it!)
You can order a copy of Heart to Heart
If you would like to
experience the heart-centered body psychotherapy work I do, and be part
of a community of literal "helping hands," you can attend the HeartBeat Salon Community As Healer Workshop
hosted by MariePatrice Masse and John Howe in Stow, MA on Friday, April 15 or attend our month Community As Healer Group
in Newton on Saturday, April 23 from 1 - 4 pm.
My article this month, "Integrated Mind-Body Decision Making: The Inner Board of Directors"
which is also the topic for a workshop I am leading at the Natick HeartBeat salon
on Monday, April 4 at 7 pm.
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
"The most satisfying thing in life is to
have been able to give a large part of one's
self to others."
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to
love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your life
depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go."
are many levels of the heart. And the human heart will break because
it empathizes. The deeper heart...that heart that is one with the
universe, just as it is, in a non-reactive way and says, 'Ah so.' 'Yes.'
and it includes your human heart which is breaking but your identity
isn't only with your human heart. Your identity is with a deeper
intuitive heart wisdom which is different. You don't deny the pain, but
you don't get reactive to it."
|Integrated Mind-Body Decision Making: The Inner Board of Directors|
there is plenty of external stress we face on a daily basis, from
gridlock during rush hour to worrying about ISIS bombings occurring
seemingly randomly anywhere in the world, many of us have no shortage of
internal stress as well. How do we balance professional time and
personal time? How do we make space for self-care as we take care of
others? How can we do not only what we HAVE to do, but also what we
really WANT to do? These kinds of challenges that arise in daily life
can evoke conflict between different parts of ourselves.
we are often taught to think in polarities (right or wrong, happy or
sad, now or later...), we may find that we think and feel in shades of
gray or think or feel multiple thoughts and feelings at the same time.
Something can be both right for us and wrong for someone else. We can
be happy and sad and also scared at the same time. And maybe we need to
work on a project in stages, some now, some in the short term and some
in the long term. How do you make decisions in complex or multi-faceted
Music is such a
source of great joy, and is a universal language to connect people
heart-to-heart. In addition to my own musical gigs, I also participate in many of the wonderful open mics and other musical events available to local singers:
Amazing Things Arts Center organized by Leslie Holmes
BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) singers perform in a
monthly open mic. This month, it is April 13 at 7 pm.
(Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) Open Mics in Watertown (next
one is Wednesday, April 27 at 7 pm at UU Church in Watertown)
Club Café in Boston has many open mics hosted by a wonderful variety of singers and pianists in its Napoleon Room.
The Winiker Band brings
their unique joyous musical flavor to Brothers Restaurant in Brookline,
MA on Saturday and Sunday nights. Singers are welcome.
The Boston Minstrels
is a fabulous organization founded by Tim and Jane McHale which brings
music into prisons, homeless shelters, VA hospitals and places music
rarely travels to, making music with heart. April 23 will be the 25th anniversary gala for the Boston Minstrels! Mark your calendar and support this important work!
And here in Waltham at my home, I host special house concerts through the Music Salon. Mark your calendars for May 14, when the incredible talented and poignant duo of Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli give a wonderful house concert. I will also be hosting two guitarist singer/songwriters, Chuck Vermette and John Spinks on June 11.
|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."
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