July 1, 2012 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Electronic Cocaine: The Seductive Pull of Computers
Willingness in Relationships Workshop: Transforming Barriers to Intimacy
Moving Beyond Relationship Duress
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About Linda
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Linda Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for more than two decades.

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 16-year-old son.

To find out more about Linda . . .

 HealingHeartPower Calendar
Would you like to learn how to do Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy(EKP)?   

If you would like to apprentice in EKP, you may want to consider participating in a half-day EKP workshop or be part of the Community As Healer group.     


July 8

Boys to Men Open House and Barbecue

12 - 3 pm

Newton, MA


July 13

Opening for TarBone

Dan Fox's band

8 pm 

Ryles Jazz Club

Cambridge, MA


July 18

Dealing With Difficult People

at the home of Margaret

Arndt and David Sneickus

Newton, MA


August 11

Community As Healer

Presentation at 

United States Association for Body Psychotherapy National Conference

Boulder, CO


September 11

Boston Jazz Singers Showcase

8 pm

Ryles Jazz Club

Cambridge, MA


September 22 - 23

Life Is Good Festival

Canton, MA


September 29

Community As Healer Clinic Workshop

Natural Living Expo

Sturbridge, MA


April 21, 2013

2nd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men" Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston, MA


If you would like to train in EKP, contact Linda


If you would like to sponsor a

Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, a Willingness:  The Key to Successful Relationships workshop or a Community As Healer workshop,

contact LSMHEARTaol.com


I am also working to grow awareness of the Boys to Men adult-teen mentoring network, and have decided to raise money for the Life Is Good Kids Foundation, dedicated to helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness.  For more details on both of these efforts, read below!
Articles in this issue are:  Electronic Cocaine: The Seductive Pull of Computers a reflection on an article about the work of Peter Whytbrow, director of UCLA's Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Whytbrow helps us see how "modern American culture has outrun the biology of our brains."
Moving Beyond Relationship Duress, looks at how our relationships are often weighted down by societally defined rules which may not consider the unique journey we travel as we build an authentic relationship.
Dealing With Difficult People is the next workshop in the Willingness: The Key to Successful Relationships series that I have been offering at the home of Margaret Arndt and David Sneickus  at their home in Auburndale.  The workshop will take place  on Friday, July 18 at 7 pm.  Contact msarndt@verizon.net for more information.
I will be singing again at Ryles Jazz Club in Inman Square in Cambridge on Friday, July 13, opening for TarBone, bassist Dan Fox's band.  Having familiar faces in the audience always makes a world of difference!  The show begins at 8 pm.
I will be presenting a Community As Healer workshop at the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy's national conference in Boulder, CO on August 4.  It will be wonderful to reunite with EKP grad Gretchen Stecher, who will help staff the workshop, and to bring along Alex to staff the workshop too!

To help raise the visibility of EKP, I have established a new HealingHeartPower meetup group.  To join our meetup group....


Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    



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.


Beige silk and pearls
Linda Marks, MSM


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."


Electronic Cocaine:  The Seductive Pull of Computers



The other day I was thinking about taking a glance at my e-mail while driving, though I know the practice of checking incoming messages on a handheld device is now illegal.  I looked ahead and saw a policeman down the road.  "Okay.  Bad idea."  I said to myself.


As I approached him, however, I saw that he was not even looking in my direction, attention firmly glued to his own handheld device.  He was typing and reading with all his attention.  I could have been typing while driving and he would not even have noticed that I drove by, never mind, was doing something I shouldn't do.  Wow!




To read this entire article...



Workshops:  Willingness  in Relationships:  Learning to Love Another Person on Their Own TermsFind us on Facebook

I have been doing a series of workshops at the home of Margaret Arndt and David Sneickus in Auburndale, building on the theme of willingness in relationships.  The next workshop is on Friday, July 18..

Dealing With Difficult People

Are the people we refer to as "difficult," really difficult?  Or do some of their actions, inactions, behaviors or words just trigger us so deeply that we are really uncomfortable?  How can we see what part is ours and what part is theirs?  Some behaviors really ARE difficult, and learning how to work with difficult behaviors is a very valuable skill.  Learning how the "difficult" people in our life also offer a mirror for us to more deeply consider our own growing edges and triggers is equally valuable.


In this workshop, we will explore what makes someone "difficult," how "difficult" behavior effects us, and what we can do to both be and feel more effective in "difficult" situations.    Contact Margaret at msarndt@verizon.net


Moving Beyond Relationship Duress
A colleague of mine recommended a powerful new book that shed great light on why we are struggling so greatly in relationships today.  The book, Sex 3.0 by JJ Roberts,traces the evolution of human relationships from our pre-industrial days, where nature guided human behavior, to our modern world, where a long list of societal rules and expectations demand what is "normal" and "acceptable" in relationship behavior.
Roberts points out that what is "natural" and what is "normal" are not necessarily the same thing.  Those things defined by nature are "natural."  Those things defined by society are "normal," and often they are NOT "natural."   In some cases, they are not truly healthy.  When we are "forced" into following social norms so that we are perceived as "normal" and "acceptable," we find ourselves experiencing "relationship duress."

                           To read the entire article

Copyright 2012 Linda Marks  
Creating Better Lives for Kids:  Boys to Men and Life Is Good Kids Foundation
Boys to Men offers adult-teen mentoring in community, helping teenage boys find their voices and grow into the men they want to be.  We offer a community group that meets regularly, and also help schools develop school-based programs.  Our 2nd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men" Benefit Concert will take place at Scullers Jazz Club on April 21, 2013. To learn more...

I am hosting a barbecue at my house on Sunday, July 8 for anyone interested in learning more about this important work, and particularly for anyone who might wish to consider being a mentor.  Please e-mail me at LSMHEART@aol.com if you would like to attend.

The Life Is Good Foundation is dedicated to helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness.  The Life is Good Festival September 22 - 23 is a fundraiser for this important work.  I have to decided I would like to raise money to contribute to the Life is Good Foundation.  If you would like to make a donation, please send a check of any amount (from $1 to $1000 plus) payable to Life Is Good Kids Foundation, to me at 3 Central Avenue, Newton, MA 02460.  Include any wishes you might want to send along.  I will gather checks and wishes and send them in to the foundation!  Thanks for your support!  To learn more...
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.


Linda Marks

email: lsmheart@aol.com
phone: (617) 965-7846
web: www.HealingHeartPower.com