November 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 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 . . .
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, 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
Thursday, November 10
6 pm Potluck
7 pm Concert
Boston Association of Cabaret Artists Holiday Party
Steve Heck at the Chickering for open mic
Saturday, December 3
4 - 7 pm
House Concert with
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,
Over 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.
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
(written for my dear and too recently departed friend, Laura Weingast Nieratko).
|Dave Birkin, Linda and Terry "Doc" Smith performing at
Facing Cancer Together
On 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 two.
Poet Beatriz Alba will share one of her poems.
RSVP to LSMHEART@aol.com by November 9.
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 every day."
"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?
With 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 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 be denied."
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
Many BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) singers perform in a monthly open mic. This month, it is November 9 at 7 pm.
BACA (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?
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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