May 1, 2015 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
The Health Impact of Loneliness
Music Notes
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 30 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 19-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

Upcoming Workshops: 



Community As Healer


Sunday, June 28

10 am - 1 pm

Newton, MA


Musical Performances:


Spring Into Song

Fundraiser for the City of Newton

May 3, 2015

4 pm

Newton, MA


An Evening of Cabaret  

featuring Linda Marks, Bob DiCicco and Tracey O'Farrell

May 13

7 pm

Newton YMCA

Newton, MA


BACA Performer


featuring Linda Marks

May 31

6 pm

Amazing Things

Arts Center

Framingham, MA


Heart to Heart

CD Release Concert

September 16

8 pm

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston, MA



At The Music Salon

in Waltham, MA:



May 2

Open mic with

Barbra Dale Solomon

 at the Chickering

Potuck brunch

11 am - 2 pm


June 14

Songwriter Mary Crowe and an open mic with Bonnie MacLeod

Potluck brunch

11:30 am - 2:30 pm


November 8

Dale LePage and

Bonnie MacLeod

5 pm


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,



May is a music-rich month for me, and I am delighted to share some wonderful musical offerings.


Saturday, May 2 is an open mic potluck brunch at the Music Salon in Waltham featuring Barbra Dale who played at the Lenox Hotel piano bar during its prime.  11 am - 2 pm.


Sunday, May 3 is the "Spring into Song" Cabaret Fundraiser for the Newton Festival of the Arts at 4 pm at Newton City Hall War Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $20 This event is a fundraiser for Newton's four food pantries and music, art and cultural programs in the City of Newton.

Spring into Song Program


Wednesday, May 13 is an Evening of Cabaret (with Bob DiCicco and  Tracey O'Farrell joining me along with cabaret singers from Newton North and South High Schools) at 7:30 pm sponsored by the Newton YMCA, also at Newton City Hall War Memorial Auditorium.


And at Amazing Things Arts Center, on Sunday, May 31 at 6 pm, I will be singing in a Boston Association for Cabaret Artists Singers Showcase.   Joining me will be Tom LaMark on piano, Greg Holt on bass and Dave Birkin on guitar, sax and flute.  Tickets are available through Amazing Things.


And please mark your calendar for the release concert for my new CD, Heart to Heart, at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, September 16 at 8pm!


Scullers is my VERY favorite venue for live music, so it is a true delight to be playing there with Bonnie MacLeod (piano), Miki Matsuki (drums), Geoff Wadsworth (saxophone), Dave Birkin (clarinet and more),Junko Fujiwara (cello) and Greg Holt (bass).


Tickets will be available through the Scullers website in early June.



CD Cover
CD Release Concert will be at Scullers Jazz Club on 9/16

Community As Healer:


Sunday, June 28, the  Community As Healer group meets from 10 am - 1 pm in Newton.  We are now running this group monthly.


This month featured article is:  The Health Impact of Loneliness.


Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    









"Never give up

no matter what is going on.

Never give up.

Develop the heart.

Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.

Develop the heart.

Be compassionate.

Not just to your friends, but to everyone.

Be compassionate.

Work for peace in your heart and in the world."



                           --the Dalai Lama





The Health Impact of Loneliness

Loneliness hurts emotionally, but over time, it hurts us physically as well.  An article by Karen Weintraub in the Boston Globe on April 25 explored this emotional-physical connection. Weintraub cites a study published in March in the Journal Perspectives on Psychological Science: "Lonely people over 65 run the same risk for early death as those who smoke or are at least 100 pounds overweight."


Those of us who work in mind-body medicine pay close attention to how our mental and emotional state impact our physical health.  A person who can create and sustain a positive and relaxed state feels good not only in mind, but also in body.  The same applies for when we feel  badly emotionally and mentally, whether it is due to our life circumstances, our state of mind or both.


Our emotional state activates our physiological state.  Bert Uchino, a Psychology Professor at the University of Utah noted that "a lonely person's blood pressure tends to be higher and change more as they age."  He also reflected that lonely people tend to have higher levels of inflammation, and this lead to other health problems.





Music Notes

Music is such a source of great joy, and is a universal language to connect people heart-to-heart. I look forward to sharing my new Heart to Heart CD with you at our release concert, Wednesday, September 16 at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston!

My May gigs are listed in the introductory notes of this newsletter.  I also participate in many of the wonderful open mics available to local singers:

Amazing Things Arts Center organized by Leslie Holmes
Many BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) singers perform in a monthly open mic.  This month, it is May 13 at 7 pm.

BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) Open Mics in Watertown (next one is Wednesday, May 27 at 7 pm at UU Church in Watertown)
Arts at the Armory Open mics are organized by Celia Slattery and take place the first Thursday of the month in Somerville.  This month:  Thursday, May 6.
Club Café in Boston has many open mics hosted by a wonderful variety of singers and pianists in its Napoleon Room.
The Winiker Trio plays from 6 - 8 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and from 10 am - 1 pm on Sundays at the Waltham Westin.  Singers can most often sit in.

At The Music Salon

in Waltham, MA:  

 May 2

Open mic for singers (and lovers of music)

with Barbra Dale Solomon at the piano

11 am - 2 pm

Potluck brunch


June 14

Songwriter Mary Crowe and open mic with Bonnie MacLeod

11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Potluck brunch


Requested donation $10


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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."


I welcome dialogue and comments on my articles through my blog: It is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.


Linda Marks

phone: (617) 913-0683