December 1, 2013 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Heart Quotes to Live By
Conscious Love
Community As Healer
Join Our Mailing List!
About Linda
Me and Flora

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 17-year-old son.

To find out more about Linda . . .

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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.   


Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod

Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod

are working on a Cabaret show for 2014

details to follow


December 15

Community As Healer Workshop

Newton, MA

2 - 5 pm


April 13 or 27, 2014

3rd Annual Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert 

for Boys to Men New England

at Scullers Jazz Club

5 - 7:30 pm


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,



A colleague of mine shared a lovely quote, which offers a wonderful spirit for our holiday time:  "Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart, rather than a piece of our mind."


Most heart quotes enliven and soothe us.  Some even inspire us.  May you give and receive many pieces of heart!


Creating events that integrate music, community and a good cause spark the flame of my passion. The Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala on Sunday, November 24, 2013 benefitting the Boston Minstrels and the Living the Blues Foundation, was an inspirational and rich evening of music and joy. The 3rd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert" for Boys to Men New England is being rescheduled for either Sunday April 13, or April 27 2014.  We have not realized that April 20, our customary date, is actually Easter Sunday!


On December 15, I will be leading a Community As Healer workshop in Newton from 2 - 5 pm.


Defining Moments for Therapists, edited by Serge Prengel and Lynn Somerstein, includes a chapter I wrote, "Soul Geisha."  The book is available on

 This newsletter focuses on the heart from many different points of view.  In addition to the video of Doug Hammer's beautiful "Heart," an article on "Intimacy and Health," looks at how being deeply known and feeling connected are truly food groups for soul health.

Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    






Bill, Louise, Linda, Bo at Gala
Bill Winiker, Louise Van Aarsen, Linda Marks and Bo Winiker at Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala


Jordan Rich awarding Fred Taylor
Jordan Rich presents Fred Taylor with Lifetime Music Mentoring Award
Heart Quotes to Live By





"Do as much good as you can

In all the ways that you can

In all the places you can  

At all the times that you can

To all the people that you can
As long as ever you can"




"Everything real comes through the heart. When
it is truly opened, everything secondary falls
away- egoic glory, fame and fortune, substitute
gratifications. The heart doesn't care about such
things. It doesn't hold it against you if you don't
own your own home, achieve your goals, have a
perfect body. The heart doesn't care what you have
earned or accumulated. No matter our seeming
differences, we are all the same when the heart gate
opens. Deep feeling levels the playing field. Love is

the great equalizer."


--Jeff Brown


Conscious Love



What Is Conscious Love?

1.  Love is a choice and a practice, not just a feeling.

2.  Love is a commitment to learn and grow as we embark on a journey of relation-ship

3.  As intimacy deepens, we reach the shadowlands--places where our unmet needs, undeveloped parts, wounds and defenses surface for healing, should we be able to recognize them as such.

4.  Conflict may be rough and uncomfortable, but if two people speak and listen from the heart, there is a diamond to be mined at the root of the conflict.

5.  Being able to create a big enough emotional space where all parts can be heard and co-held allows us to create a crucible where conflicts and differences can be transformed into gold.  Love deepens and both people grow.




3rd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England
Mentoring Matters
2013 Benefit Concert Flyer
This year's Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday, April 13 or 27, 2014 from 5 - 7:30 pm at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.
(We are working on setting the best date for the most musicians)

We are putting together our line up of performers, which will include "the Godfather of the Boston Folk Scene," Geoff Bartley with Howie Tarnower, Regal queen of the blues Shirley Lewis' fabulous daughter Angela Warner, and our father-son duo Jack and Jesse Gauthier, Tracy Clark...and many other exciting artists to be announced.

Tickets are $50 General Admission and $75 Preferred Seating, available by sending a check payable to Boys to Men New England to BTMNE c/o Linda Marks, 3 Central Avenue, Newton, MA 02460.  Please include your name, e-mail and cell phone number with your check.

You can also support BTMNE by:

1.  Sponsoring a teen to attend the concert.  (Send in $75 payable to BTMNE and you will sponsor one student to attend).

2.  Making a donation of any amount to BTMNE.

3.  Taking out an ad in our program ($250 for a business card sized ad).

4.  Being an event sponsor ($500 donation gets your logo on the back cover)
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."


Workshops:  Community As Healer 

Community As Healer
Sunday, December 15
2 - 5 pm in Newton, MA

$20 - 50 suggested donation 

Be part of a healing village doing EKP (Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy) body-centered psychotherapy work in community and see what we mean in EKP when we say, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn."  We will create a space of emotional safety, incorporating a heart meditation, facilitated dialogue, and watching body language and non-verbal cues for the person having a turn.

Learn about the roles of client, witness and helper in EKP as we create a safe container with our collective heart field in 20 minute turns.  No matter what role you play, our goal is for you to feel nourished and supported!

Linda Marks, MSM, is a body psychotherapy coach and mediator who has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups for 28 years in Newton, MA.  Helping people connect, feel heard and understood so they have healthier, happier relationships is at the heart of her work.   Linda is committed to creating a better world for children and serves as Board Co-Chair of Boys to Men New England, serves on the Board of Directors for Ben Speaks, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Flo Creed Jacobson Foundation.  She also serves on the Board of the Living the Blues Foundation.

My first blog at 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 is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.
Please let me know what you think of this new blog.


Linda Marks

phone: (617) 965-7846