February 1, 2016
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
Linda 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 . . .
You 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, March 13
2 - 5 pm
Community As Healer
Tuesday, March 1
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)
with Tom LaMark and Dave Birkin
Tuesday, February 2
7:30 - 8:30 pm
BACA Performance Showcase
with Tom LaMark and Dave Landoni
Sunday, February 21
Amazing Things Arts Center
Boston Public Library
with Tom LaMark and Dave Birkin
Thursday, April 14
of the Arts
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
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,
I am very excited about both heart-centered body psychotherapy and musical events over the next 6 months! Integrating both my passions--mind-body healing and music, helping people find the power of their voice and express their deepest self in the world, is a joyful pursuit!
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 flute.
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!
Leading a workshop on the Power of Voice at First Event, the annual national conference of the transgender community, was poignant beyond words! I shared the words and music to a song Lisa Wexler and I wrote, "Everybody's Got A Song to Sing," and the participants were in tears. One woman reflected, "You wrote this song for me! You could change the title to 'Everybody's Got A Secret Deep Inside' and all the words would still fit!" Creating music from the heart to share heart to heart is an incredibly rich and connective experience!
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!)
I love working with Doug Hammer in his Dreamworld Productions Studio! This photo was taken this past weekend as I was working on a special version of "Love Is the Answer Whatever the Question" for the Upstage Lung Cancer Benefit Concert on May 20! Claire McFarland will join me in a duet of the song. We hope you will mark your calendars and support an important cause!
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,"
Sunday, March 13 from 2 - 5 pm will be a special
Community As Healer Workshop in Newton.
My article this month,
"How Music Builds Community."
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength;
loving someone deeply gives you courage."
"When you reach inside, over time,
Another's spirit and light a flame
A special love will kindle and grow
Bringing strength and inspiration"
--From "You'll Never Be Alone Again"
by Linda Marks
|How Music Builds Community
One of my delightful musical colleagues, Dale LePage often says something I believe to be true, "music is magic." I have felt its magic since I was very young, both for the way music lives inside of me, and for the way it touches others and brings people together in a deep, tangible way, often much deeper than words can express.
When I have led weekend retreats or extended personal growth workshops, I have always brought along a wide variety of music, knowing that moments might arise where a particular song or piece of music might capture or frame the moment, or be exactly what someone needs to hear to heal or open their heart.
One thing that struck me as I played the song that captured the moment was that not only did the person who was doing the healing turn benefit from the music, but also so did all the other people in the group and in the room. A song that captured the moment also captured and connected the hearts of all the people sharing the moment.
I have had the same experience both as a singer performing and as an audience member taking in live music. Through putting together a program, and choosing the songs, reflections to share in between songs, and even the instruments for a particular arrangement of a song, I feel like I am working in a special medium--like an artist working with clay that can be sculpted into all kinds of emotional possibility.
As I share a song, the subtext, the story and the feeling of the song translate well beyond the words. My heart can share time and space with the energy of other people's hearts. Whether on the giving or receiving end of this musical heart energy, I can feel people coming together as community in a listening room.
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
Many BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) singers perform in a monthly open mic. This month, it is February 10 at 7 pm.
BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) Open Mics in Watertown (next one is Wednesday, February 24 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 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.
|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."
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