May 1, 2014
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught
and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for 29 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 . . .
can: organize a workshop, sponsor a "Community As Healer"
experience or join with others who might want to learn too.
|Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod|
Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod
are working on a Cabaret show for 2014
details to follow
April 26 , 2014
Rock the House
the Boston Minstrels
April 27, 2014
Shampoo, Singers and Spinach Pie
I will be singing one of my original songs at a
Fundraiser for Brookline Emergency Food Pantry
organized by Tracy Clark
at the Putterham Grill,
4 - 7 pm
May 17, 2014
Community As Healer
at the Healing Hands Conference
Linda K Paresky Conference Center
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,
past month has been one of turmoil of two very different flavors: my
mother died on March 29 at age 86 after Alzheimers made way for
congestive heart failure, and identity theft issues started to color the
horizon with a very dark tint.
my AOL account has been hacked more than half a dozen times over the
past two weeks, if you receive any suspicious e-mails from my account,
please know I am not trying to spam you. Someone actually broke into my
account last Thursday night as I was sitting at Scullers sending a
table mate information about the Boston Minstrels! They locked me out,
changed my password, and once I reset it, i discovered they had just
spammed my 5000 contacts with an e-mail containing "an important
document," and hundreds of contacts started an onslaught of "is this
really you" e-mails.
have written two articles this issue to help you protect yourself from
the sadly growing trend of virtually unstoppable identity theft:
"Identity Theft For Real" and "Steps You Can Take If You Have Been
On a more joyful note, I will be singing in two events this weekend:
Saturday, April 26 is the Boston Minstrels' annual "Rock the House"
fundraiser in Waterotwn. Come on out and support this wonderful
organization that brings music and healing to people and places where
music rarely travels: homeless shelters, VA hospitals, prisons and
more. The event begins at 7 pm at the Sons of Italy hall.
Sunday, April 27, my delightful sister in song, Tracy Clark, has organized a special event to benefit the Brookline Food Panty, Shampoo, Singers and Spinach Pie
at the Putterham Grille in Chestnut Hill from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. An
amazing line up of singers will perform! I will be singing one of my
most recent original songs, "How Can I Reach You."
May 17, Brecken Schwartz is producing an amazing conference, Healing Hands,
to provide education in touch therapies, energy modalities, sound
healing and more, including for people who will be traveling to China to
work with children who are trauma and burn victims. I will be offering
a "Community As Healer" workshop at the conference, which takes place at the Linda K Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College.
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
feel loved when we feel seen, deeply perceived, apprehended, and
responded to by another human being. Being able to be seen requires
vulnerability. It means that we reveal ourselves--or that we put
ourselves in such close proximity to another human being that he or she
can really see us. Intimacy grows when we are seen, when we allow
ourselves to truly behold one another."
someone. Let yourself be loved. Do all things with love. Work with
love. Sing with love. Share with love. Let love rise like the sun in
your heart. And settle behind your eyes when the sun goes down. Drink
love into your water. Pray love into your words. Breathe love into
your very bones. Become love. Just love."
|Identity Theft For Real|
read about it in the paper all the time. You and most people you know
have probably received lots of the spam e-mails about people who lost
all their money in foreign countries asking for financial help or the
members of European or African elite whose close relatives have just
died. And most often it is just an annoyance of modern day life.
what happens when identity theft gets a lot more close, and invasively
personal? Have you had your credit cards received charges you did not
make? Or even more intrusive, have you ever filed your federal taxes
only to be told someone has used your social security number before you
did? Or most violating of all, have you ever discovered that someone
broke into your financial accounts--be it retirement accounts, college
funds for your kids or any other accounts, and actually stolen your
the past couple of years, I have experienced all of the forms of
identity theft listed above. And most recently, someone broke into my
retirement accounts and stole $13K in 5 transactions by opening up a
bank account in Virginia in the name of an entirely different identity
theft victim. Because my retirement account firm put up a red flag to
have 5 transactions made the very morning a new bank account was
attached to my account with them, the stolen funds were put on hold, and
a week later, recovered.
the experience of first having my AOL account hacked three times, and
then having money stolen from what was thought to be a totally secure,
professionally managed retirement account, felt like the modern day
version of having someone break into your home in spite of a burglar
alarm and no key.
To read the complete article
|Steps You Can Take If You've Been Identity Thefted|
If you find
yourself the victim of identity theft, here are the standard steps the
police or any financial services company will ask you to take:
1. Notify your local police. Filing
a police report may seem silly, since almost never is an identity thief
someone who lives in your local community. However, as I was told by
the officer who took my report, "It is done to give your case
credibility. After all, no one is supposed to lie to the police,
2. Fill out an FTC affidavit of theft. Honestly, this seems to be as futile as the local police report.
But it is one of
the required pathways for making a report. What I found most foolish
about the form was on the one hand it asked you for very confidential
information like social security number, driver's license number and
date of birth....And then it sent up a warning saying this kind of
information makes you vulnerable to fraudulent activity, so it is
advised NOT to include it! Go figure! I chose to leave those
vulnerable spaces blank for my own security!
3. Report your theft(s) to the credit monitoring bureaus: Equifax,
Transunion and Experian. You may want a fraud alert put on all your
accounts. And you may want to check your credit reports to make sure
nothing is on them that you didn't authorize.
4. If you have an accountant, notify them. This
is particularly important if you have tax identity theft or having
retirement funds tampered with. The accountant can help run
interference with the IRS and can help solve problems resulting from
fraudulent use of your social security number of early withdrawal
penalties for retirement money not withdrawn by YOU.
5. Hire a good computer security consultant. Whether
s/he can find malware or spyware on your computer or even the smoking
gun of the thief's attack, a good computer security consultant will
provide you an eye opening education both about how thieves get into
your on-line accounts, and what you can do to protect yourself.
6. Get yourself emotional support as well as practical support.
Having your personal information stolen or tampered with and
having hard-earned funds stolen is an assault. It can feel like a rape, a
burglary or an attack. Your sense of safety in the larger world might
be in question. Make sure you don't have to navigate what can be an
overwhelming experience all alone.
To read this article...
Healing Hands Conference on May 17
Healing Hands, a daylong intensive conference, offers a day of healing and connection. Sponsored by Hand Reach,
the day will include workshops demonstrating a variety of holistic
healing modalities in touch/massage, energy work, sound/music therapy,
arts/expressive therapy and community building. The day will provide a
forum to share, teach, collaborate and refine methods to work with
survivors of severe trauma: physical or emotional. Trauma survivors
will be able to explore and engage in numerous healing techniques while
providing their unique perspective on the psychosocial healing process.
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Linda K Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
Fee: $100 which includes continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, snacks, workshops and parking.
|What is 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.
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
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.