November 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 31 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.
Community As Healer
Sunday, November 20
1 - 4 pm
The Power of Voice
Natural Living Expo
Saturday, November 12
The Power of Voice
|"Love And Time" by Linda Marks from Scullers show 9/1/16|
The Music Salon
Opening with Doc Smith for
Danika Holmes with Jeb Hart
with Doc Smith
16 Spencer St
West Newton, MA
11:30 am - 1 pm
Monday, April 3
First Mondays at Club Cafe
with Kaoruko Pilkington
and Tom LaMark
6:45 pm Dinner Seating
Friday, April 28
Cabaret Evening Fundraiser
Newton Festival of the Arts
War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall
|Singing "Autumn Leaves" at Scullers|
with Terry "Doc" Smith on guitar and
Doug Hammer on piano
|Singing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" at the Newton Festival of the Arts|
At The Music Salon
in Waltham, MA:
House Concert with
Danika Holmes with Jeb Hart
Thursday, November 10
6 pm Potluck
7 pm Concert
Boston Association of Cabaret Artists Holiday Party
with Steve Heck at the Chickering for open mic
Saturday, December 3
4 - 7 pm
House Concert with
singer/songwriter Dean Stevens
Saturday, March 18
6 pm Potluck
7 pm Concert
If you would like to train in EKP, contact Linda
If you would like to sponsor a
Know Your Voice,
Know Your Power or
Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, or a Community As Healer workshop,
the past few years, too many of my close friends have been living with
(or dying from) cancer. Serving on the Board of UpStage Lung Cancer is
one way to try to make a positive difference in the face of a
devastating epidemic. And performing the songs my friends and their
journeys have inspired me to write for organizations helping people
living with cancer is also a way of making a positive difference.
What I have come to learn from my friends and their journeys is that at the center of all life is love.
My four most recent songs all have "love" in the title: "Love Is the Answer" (written for UpStage Lung Cancer), "Say Yes To Love,"
(written for my dear friend Art Olivas), "Love And Time" (written for all my friends living and dying with cancer) and "Laura Loved," (written for my dear and too recently departed friend, Laura Weingast Nieratko).
|Dave Birkin, Linda and Terry "Doc" Smith performing at |
Facing Cancer Together
October 27, Dave Birkin, Terry "Doc" Smith and Claire McFarland joined
me in a special presentation of music for Facing Cancer Together,
sharing songs I have written for my friends with cancer.
I am truly delighted that Nashville duo Danika Holmes with Jeb Hart will be performing in a house concert at the Music Salon in Waltham on Thursday, November 10.
Danika and Jeb are very special, gifted musicians you will definitely want to hear! Please join us
for a potluck dinner at 6 pm, and music at 7 pm. Doc Smith and I will
open with a few of my original songs, and a favorite familiar song or
Poet Beatriz Alba will share one of her poems.
RSVP to LSMHEART@aol.com by November 9.
On Saturday, November 12, I will be giving a workshop on "The Power of Voice" at the Natural Living Expo in Marlborough, MA.
|Recording guitar tracks with Terry "Doc" Smith for "Say Yes To Love"|
at DreamWorld Productions with Doug Hammer
I am very excited about my new album in the making "Say Yes To Love!"
It has both my newest originals and other songs I absolutely love in
great arrangements with wonderful musicians! Working with Doug Hammer,
my co-producer and sound engineer, is a dream! I can't wait to share it
with you in 2017!
You can get a copy of my Coming Full Circle and Heart to Heart albums through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. I have copies too! And you can listen on Spotify!
My article this month is: Laura Loved: A Tribute to Laura Weingast Nieratko, my dear friend who died too young on September 27.
Some exciting performances coming up in 2017 include:
A return to L'Aroma Cafe in West Newton for a Jazz Brunch with Terry "Doc" Smith on
Saturday, January 7
First Monday at Club Cafe
in Boston with Kaoruko Pilkington and Tom LaMark on Monday, April 3
The 3rd Annual Cabaret Evening Fundraiser for the Newton Festival of the Arts on
Friday, April 28.
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 monthly Community As Healer Group in Newton on Sunday, November 20 from 1-4 pm.
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for
existing. One cannot help but be in awe when s/he contemplates the
mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of the mystery
"Love is certain, love is kind, love is yours, and love is mine.
But it isn't something that we find, it's something that we do."
|Why Is It So Hard to Receive Love?|
far too many friends living with or dying from cancer, I have been
doing a lot of introspection. What has emerged at the heart of the
matter is how important it is to love and be loved...And how important
it is to share one's love with the people we love--every day, since we
never know how many days we will have here on this earth.
many years ago, my then business partner, Wynne Miller, wrote her one
(and to my knowledge) only song, and the lyrics seem very current and
relevant as I ponder the subject of receiving love. Wynne wrote, "Love
is there, if you can let it in. If you're bare enough to let it through
your skin." And, "When it's there, we're afraid to let it touch us. We
want to run and hide...Though we all need love as much, we fear it will
If all of us need love, and if love is truly
the most important thing in life, why are we so hesitant or afraid to
let love in? Author Kim Anami, in an article entitled, "How To Receive
Love," suggests that we have a hard time letting love in because we
don't feel worth of love. Our culture gives more negative feedback about
what is wrong than positive feedback about what is right. Self-love is
an important skill, yet some religions interpret self-love and self-care
as selfish rather than healthy and essential. As a result, many of us
develop guilt about taking care of ourselves and loving ourselves.
|Singing at Brothers |
with the Winiker Trio
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 November 9 at 7 pm.
(Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) Open Mics in Watertown (next
one is Wednesday, November 19 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.
And here in Waltham at my home, I host special house concerts through the Music Salon. Nashville duo Danika Holmes with Jeb Hart will share their gifts on November 10, And fabulous singer-songwriter Dean Stevens will join us on March 18.
|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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