February 1, 2014 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Healing Trauma Through Relationship
Rating Our Relationships?
Falling In Love With Our Humanness
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About Linda
Me and Flora

Linda Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for 28 years.

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 18-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


February 15, 2014

15th Annual HAI Ball

6 pm

Westin Waltham Hotel



April 13 , 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,

contact LSMHEARTaol.com



The 3rd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert" for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday April 13, 2014.  We are building a GREAT line-up of talent, including the "Godfather of folk," Geoff Bartley, Jazz diva Tracy Clark, and up and coming talent Marcela Cruz.  This year's theme is "Building Community Through Mentoring."  And now that BTMNE is officially a 501c3, your tax-deductible donations can help group mentoring reach more teenage boys!


This month's articles are "Healing Trauma Through Relationships," and "Rating Our Relationships?"  With February being "heart day month," focusing on our relationships seems natural!


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


Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    




Beach Heart  


 "Our greatest strength lies 

in the gentleness and tenderness of the heart" 





"Let your heart break into a million little pieces today 

if it wants to.

Allow yourself to cry to day if tears come.

Feel vulnerable today if vulnerability visits.

Allow all of life to move through you."

--Jeff Foster



Imagine an evening of elegant night of fine food, warm company  and dancing to the Boston's renowned Bill and Bo Winiker Band at the beautiful newly renovated Westin Waltham Hotel?  What a wonderful way to come in from the winter's cold on Saturday, February 15!


The 15th Annual HAI Ball is that magical evening, and as the co-producer of the event (HAI is a non-profit organization and we seek to break even on production costs, not make money, through this event), I welcome friends and colleagues to share in the fun!


Tickets are $85 until January 30, and include appetizers and a sit down dinner, as well as live music by the George Kaye Trio during cocktail hour and an evening of music that will keep your feet on the dance floor from the Winiker Band.

Tickets from January 31 - February 6 are $95.


For more information or tickets, 

contact Debbie at eastcoast-office @hai.org


I would be happy to answer any of your questions too!




Healing Trauma Through Relationship


"Trauma can be an isolating experience.  It's only through relationships that we can be most fully healed," writes Sojourners Associate Web Editor, Catherine Woodiwiss.

In her article, "A New Normal:  Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma, " Woodiwiss describes ten lessons she's learned about trauma and healing from trauma.  Here are some of them.


1.  Trauma  permanently changes us.


Woodiwiss believes there is no such thing as "getting over" trauma.  Far more impactful than just grief and recovery, trauma is a "major life disruption" and leaves a "new normal in its wake."  She points out this is not all bad:  you can emerge wiser, stronger and more courageous.  Your life will just be different than what you knew to be your "pre-trauma" reality.


To read the entire article...



Rating Our Relationships?


Performance reviews are a useful tool to help us evaluate not only how well we are doing in the aggregate sense at work, but also and perhaps even more importantly, how well we are doing on critical components that add up to how well we are doing overall.

In our most important relationships, we tend to get black and white when thinking about how well things are going.  And it is too easy to focus on a pesky frustration, rather than systematically looking at the many components that contribute to our overall experience.  I have heard many a person complain about how bad things are in a critical relationship, but lack the language or the tools to break down what is not working and what can be done to make things better.


To read this article... 



Falling In Love With Our Humanness

"When we are young, it's the illusion of perfection that we fall in love with.  But, as we age, it's the humanness that we fall in love with--the poignant story of overcoming, the depthful vulnerability of aging, the struggles that grew us in karmic stature, the way a soul shaped itself to accommodate its circumstances. 

 With less energy to hold up our armor, we are revealed and, in the revealing, we call out to each other's hearts.  Where before wounds turned us off, they are now revealed as proof that God exists.  

Where we once saw imperfect scars, we now see evidence of a life fully lived."

--Jeff Brown
3rd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England
Building Community Through Mentoring
2013 Benefit Concert Flyer
This year's Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 5 - 7:30 pm at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

We are putting together our line up of performers, which will include "the Godfather of the Boston Folk Scene," Geoff Bartley with Howie Tarnower, Jazz diva Tracy Clark, our father-son duo Jack and Jesse Gauthier, Angela Warner (daughter of Shirley Lewis, the Regal Queen of the Blues)...and many other exciting artists. Bonnie Johnson of WICN radio will emcee.

Tickets are $75 General Admission and $100 Preferred Seating, available on Brown Paper Tickets or  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."


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