January 1, 2016 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Music As Medicine
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 almost 20-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 host a workshop.
Singing at Ryles

Upcoming Workshops: 
Community As Healer
Sunday, January 24
1 - 4 pm
Newton, MA

The Power of Voice
Friday, January 22
10 am
First Event
Waltham, MA

Community As Healer
Saturday, January 30
Newton, MA

Musical Performances:

Boston Jazz Singer Showcasae
Ryles Jazz Club
Tuesday, January 12
8 pm
Cambridge, MA


Lasell Village
with Tom LaMark and Dave Birkin
Tuesday, February 2
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Newton, MA

BACA Performance Showcase
Sunday, February 21
Amazing Things Arts Center
6 pm
Framingham, MA

Boston Public Library
with Tom LaMark and Dave Birkin
Commonwealth Salon
Thursday, April 14
2 pm

Cabaret Evening
Newton Festival 
of the Arts
War Memorial Auditorium
Friday, April 29
7 pm
Newton, MA

Carole King and Burt Bacharach
with Kaoruko Pilkington
May 2
First Monday at 
Club Cafe
7 pm dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm show
Boston, MA
At The Music Salon
in Waltham, MA:

House Concert
Lori Diamond and
Fred Abatelli
Saturday, May 14
Potluck 6 pm
Concert 7 pm
Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli

Lori Diamond and

 Fred Abatelli

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


The second annual BACA Holiday Party was a wonderful evening of community, music and delicious food!  The Chickering was delighted to have such joyful company!
Me and Wendy BACA Holiday Party 2015
Joan and Jim at BACA Holiday Party 2015 BACA Holiday Party 2015
Noah at BACA Holiday Party 2015


As 2016 begins, I am greatly looking forward to singing in the Boston Jazz Singers Showcase (organized by Joe Reid and Dan Fox) at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday, January 12 at 8 pm, and returning to First Event to offer a workshop on The Power of Voice on Friday, January 22 at 10 am.
Me and Claire 
On Friday, January 14, Frank Walsh will be taping a television segment including an interview and me performing three original songs.  Claire McFarland will join me on "You'll Never Be Alone Again."  Dave Birkin will join me on sax and flute.                       
I am back in the studio working with Doug Hammer on another CD, Coming Full Circle.  On Saturday, January 16, Miki Matsuki and Dave Birkin join me in the studio as we record some new original and other favorite songs with drums, horn and flute.  Lisa Wexler will also join me as we record a song we co-wrote in 1981, "Everybody's Got A Song to Sing."

 You can order a copy of Heart to Heart
on Amazon and on CD Baby.  It is also on iTunes.

CD Cover

Community As Healer:

Sunday, January 24, the   Community As Healer group meets from 1 pm  - 4 pm in Newton. The group meets monthly.  New members are welcome.

If you would like to experience the heart-centered body psychotherapy work I do, and be part of a community of literal "helping hands," Saturday, January 30 will be a special Community As Healer Workshop in Newton.

My article this month, "Music As Medicine," which is also the theme for a special fundraising event for UpStage Lung Cancer this coming May!
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!     


"At rare and precious times in each of our lives, we catch a glimpse of the exquisite state we call "grace."   If you are an athlete, you might describe this experience as being in 'the zone.'  For others, such an event is regarded as a "peak experience." And for those with a more spiritual orientation, such rapturous moments of unity and wholeness may be reverently regarded as 'moments of grace.' These are times when balance is realized wholeness affirmed in its fullness across all dimensions of our being."
From Joel & Michelle Levey's  Living in Balance 

"Sometimes our light goes out, 
but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being.  
Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those 
who have rekindled this inner light."
    -Albert Schweitzer

Music As Medicine
Two central passions have always moved through my life:  music and heart-centered healing.  Early in my life, the two passions seemed to be separate and hard to combine.  And in order to make a living, I had to focus on one, without much room for the other.  Mind-body medicine seemed easier for me to carve a niche in than music, since people seemed to naturally gravitate towards the heart-centered work I developed, and my ideas were welcome and valued at professional conferences and in professional forums.  As a 20 year old singer/songwriter, radio dj's loved my songs, but in a world that liked to put musicians in genre boxes, I did not neatly fit in any one box. (I still don't!)

Over time, however, my musical passion kept bubbling up, demanding my attention.  And I realized how much music was not only a deep sense of expression and connection, but also a healing force. In fact, when I led personal growth workshops, I always brought along an eclectic collection of songs that touched many facets of the heart.  Sure enough, moments would arise when a very specific song would be just right for the healing work a person was doing at that moment.  And I would find myself joyful and grateful I had followed my intuition in bringing that very song along.  Sometimes I would find myself playing the piano and singing one of my own songs in one of those special healing moments.  And sometimes I would invite the whole group to sing together to co-create a healing moment.  I became aware, whether in an intentional healing context or not, music itself was medicine.


Music Notes

Music is such a source of great joy, and is a universal language to connect people heart-to-heart. In addition to my own musical gigs,   I also participate in many of the wonderful open mics and other musical events 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 December 9 at 7 pm.

BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) Open Mics in Watertown (next one is Wednesday, December 16 at 7 pm at UU Church in Watertown)
Club Café in Boston has many open mics hosted by a wonderful variety of singers and pianists in its Napoleon Room.
The Winiker Band  brings their unique joyous musical flavor to Brothers Restaurant in Brookline, MA on Saturday nights.  Singers are welcome.

Scullers show favorite



Visit  http//lindamarksmusic.com to see what I am up to!

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: HealingHeartPower.blogspot.com   It is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.


Linda Marks

email: lsmheart@aol.com
phone: (617) 913-0683
web: www.HealingHeartPower.com