July 1, 2014 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Social Allergies: The Impact of Annoying Habits
Dancing With Life: I Hope You'll Dance
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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 29 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 18-year-old son.

To find out more about Linda . . .

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


You 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

will be performing

Sunday, October 5

at Amazing Things Arts in Framingham, MA

"Heart to Heart" 



Community As Healer


 in Newton, MA

Sunday, July 20

4:30 - 7:30 pm

Newton, MA

Artists, musicians and creative folks are especially welcome


The Power of Voice

Workshop at 

The Natural Living Expo

Saturday, November 15

2:30 pm

Marlboro, MA



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,

contact LSMHEART@aol.com


I am very excited to now be a member of the Board of Directors of BACA, the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists.  Growing community amongst singers and musicians enriches us all.  I look forward to being able to collaborate with a wonderful and talented group of people, and have some wonderful musical events to share with you in the months ahead.

Photo by Carol Robinson
Singing at BACA (Photo by Carol Robinson)
I have also enjoyed singing with sister in song Tracy Clark, at her fabulous Thursday night gigs at Putterham Grille, and with the Winikers at their always warm and joyful Sunday brunches at Skipjacks.  I love when a number of musicians show up to support one another and share the microphone for a song or two.

Singing at Putterham Grille
Singing an original song, "How Can I Reach You" at the Putterham Grille
This summer I will be organizing several Community As Healer workshops at long last.  Musicians and singers will be especially welcome.  Music is such a powerful healing force.  It reaches the depths of the heart just like EKP.  And music also inspires us, brings joy and builds bridges across our the life divides the so easily separate people.  Sunday, July 20th will be the first one from 4:30 - 7:30 pm in Newton.  If you are a musician or artist and want to be part of an amazing heartful healing circle, let me know!  And others who are creative are welcome too!

My most exciting news is that at long last, I will be doing a show of my music:  original songs, ballads and just plain fun songs, on Sunday, October 5 at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham.  The theme is, no surprise, "Heart to Heart," and I will be accompanied by my creative musical collaborator, pianomastress extraordinaire, Bonnie MacLeod.  We hope to have our dear friends Bo and Bill Winiker play with us on a number of songs.  We guarantee an experience that will make you smile, laugh and cry....and leave with a full heart.

Articles this issue are:  "Social Allergies:  The Impact of Annoying Habits," and "Dancing With Life: I Hope You Dance."

Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    




Western MA BTM Mentor Meeting
Western MA Boys to Men Mentor Appreciation Dinner



 "You have to have a deep faith that love will save you.  That it's worth making big decisions for, taking the huge risk to open and have your existence blown apart. To know that it's power will fuel your life more than anything else in the universe."


--Kim Anami




"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." 


--Joseph Campbell



Social Allergies:  The Impact of Annoying Habits

The Personal Journal section of today's Wall Street Journal had a headline that caught my attention:   "I'm Sorry, I'm Allergic to You."  The article highlighted the work of Dr. Michael Cunningham, a psychologist and professor at the University of Louisville, who for 15 years has been studying a phenomenon called, "Social Allergens," behaviors or habits that drive other people "nuts."  These behaviors or habits can be, intentional or unintentional, personal or impersonal.  All impact others in a way that causes discomfort, irritation and/or annoyance.


Dr. Cunningham describes four groupings of "social allergens."  The first is "uncouth habits."  When a person does something that is considered rude or breaks social norms for polite behavior, they may not be doing it intentionally and it is not personally directed at others.  A person might be chewing their food loudly, getting food stains all over their shirt, or picking their nose in public.  The behavior may make you feel uncomfortable, but the actor is not thinking about the others it impacts




 To read the complete article....


Dancing With Life: I Hope You'll Dance

"I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.  You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger.  May you never take one single breath for granted.  God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.  I hope you feel small when you stand beside the ocean.  Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.  Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance.  And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.  I hope you dance.


                                                        --Lee Ann Womack


As a little girl, I was always moved to dance. When my family went on vacation to the Cape, if we drove by a "sock hop," I would always ask my parents to pull over so I could go inside. My parents told me I was a little girl, and that I would not be allowed inside. But I asked and asked and asked every single time we passed a "sock hop" sign for months on end. And one day, perhaps realizing I just was not going to stop asking, they let me go inside. Child or not, I jumped right in and danced. And I connected with a very deep impulse in me that has always moved me, carried me and expressed me.


I learned that dance is really a wonderful metaphor for life.  And while it was a sad occasion, the funeral of a teenage boy from the Boys to Men program's father's sudden and unexpected death, that reconnected me with Lee Ann Womack's poignant song, "I Hope You Dance," I am grateful to have her words reintroduced to my heart and mind.  When given the choice to sit it out or dance, I always DANCE.




Community As Healer

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 psychotherapist, coach and mediator who has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups for 29 years in Newton, MA.  Helping people connect, feel heard and understood so they have healthier, happier relationships is at the heart of her work. 

Special workshop for musicians and artists:

Date:  Sunday, July 20, 2014

Time:  4:30 - 7:30 pm

Location:  3 Central Avenue, Newton, MA

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