March 1, 2016 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Non-Smoker Lung Cancer: A Growing Epidemic
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 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, March 13
2 - 5 pm
Newton, MA

Community As Healer
Heartbeat Salon
Tuesday, March 1
7 - 9:30 pm 

The Heart of Integrating
Sexuality and Spirituality
United States Association of Body Psychotherapy 
National Conference
(I will be teaching on Thursday 7/21 and Friday 7/22)
Providence, RI

Musical Performances:
Stoughton TV
Frank Walsh host
with Claire McFarland
and Dave Birkin
Interview and 3 original songs
Friday, March 25

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

SingOut for Cancer:
Music As Medicine
Benefit Concert for 
UpStage Lung Cancer
May 20
Dana Farber Red Sox Auditorium
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,


I write this newsletter right before I fly out to Albuquerque to spend special time with my college friend Art Olivas along with his partner Chris, and four of my college classmates.  Art has lived for 4 years and 5 months with stage 4 lung cancer.  His extraordinary spirit and journey have raised my consciousness about the non-smoker lung cancer epidemic, which is the subject of my article this month.

I really love being part of BACA, the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists.  BACA is a wonderful community of singers and musicians, and whether we put on outreach concerts (as we did on Valentine's Day) or performance showcases (I was delighted to be part of one on 2/21), the spirit of community nourishes all--singer, audience and band member, alike!
BACA runs an open mic the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at First Parish Church, Watertown.  Whether you'd enjoy singing with a top Boston pianist or taking in the music as part of the audience, all are welcome!

BACA 2.14.16 Gig
Valentines Day
BACA Outreach Concert

Singing at Piano BACA Showcase
Singing original songs at the 2/21 BACA Performance ShowcaseDave Landoni on bass, Dave Birkin on sax and flute
Singing BACA Showcase
Singing at the BACA Showcase
BACA Showcase Ensemble
BACA Showcase Ensemble

One of the most fun shows coming up is "Linda Marks and Kaoruko Pilkington Sing the Music of Carole King and Burt Bacharach" on Monday, May 2 at the First Monday series at Club Cafe in Boston.  If you have not been to Club Cafe, it is a warm, intimate and delightful venue.  It is really a center of the Boston Cabaret music scene.  Kaoruko is a wonderful singer who teaches at Berklee.  Tom LaMark will join us on piano and Dave Birkin will join us on sax and flute.

This show is done in a supper club style, so make a dinner reservation for 6:45 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm.   Please DO make your reservations ASAP, because these shows sell out!  Call Club Cafe at (617)536-0966.
First Mondays Poster

Lisa and I have recorded "Everybody's Got A Song to Sing" for my new "Coming Full Circle" album that will be released in 2016. (By clicking on the link here, you can hear the song as sung by Lisa and me in the early 1980's when we wrote it!)
    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:

If you would like to experience the heart-centered body psychotherapy work I do, and be part of a community of literal "helping hands," Sunday, March 13 from 2 - 5 pm will be a special Community As Healer Workshop in Newton.

My article this month, "Non-Smoker Lung Cancer: A Growing Epidemic." 
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!     


"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of
letting go and holding on."
--Havelock Ellis

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen
awareness of the interdependence of all
living beings, which are all part of one another
and all involved in one another."
--Thomas Merton

"Music washes away from the soul 
the dust of everyday life."
--Berthold Auerbach
Non-Smoker Lung Cancer:  A Growing Epidemic
When I was a kid, I was well aware of the dangers of cigarette smoking, and the relationship between smoking and lung cancer.  However, when Dana Reeve was diagnosed and then died from lung cancer in 2006 at just 44 years of age, I became aware that non-smoker lung cancer also cast a dark shadow, that over the past decade has only grown larger.

Every 2 1/2 minutes someone is getting diagnosed with lung cancer.  And people are getting lung cancer diagnoses at increasingly younger ages.  People who are under 45 or 50 are more commonly diagnosed than in the past, and younger people tend to have more advanced lung cancer at the time of diagnosis than older patients.  A great number of younger patients, like my dear college friend Art,  are diagnosed with stage 4 disease.


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 March 9 at 7 pm.

BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) Open Mics in Watertown (next one is Wednesday, March 23 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 and Sunday nights.  Singers are welcome.

The Boston Minstrels is a fabulous organization founded by Tim and Jane McHale which brings music into prisons, homeless shelters, VA hospitals and places music rarely travels to, making music with heart.  April 23 will be the 25th anniversary gala for the Boston Minstrels!  Mark your calendar and support this important work!

And here in Waltham at my home, I host special house concerts through the Music Salon.  Mark your calendars for May 14, when the incredible talented and poignant duo of Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli give a wonderful house concert.

Scullers show favorite



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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