Our New Logo: What Does It Mean To Us?

For the last several months, we have been putting hours of thoughtful work into how we can better share the message of Heartworks. As Heartworkers, we all know how unique and special it is here, but how could we best represent this movement to the world?

One of the first important steps in better communicating our message was to develop a new logo. One that reflects our belief that the more we do our own inner work the more present we are for other people when they are struggling.

Change does not happen easily or lightly. It is a heavy task to leave the logo that has represented us for almost 15 years. The logo that helped start it all. But we also know that change equals growth.

The process of developing a new logo for Heartworks was more than a labor of love….it was a labor of introspection, reflection, prayer, and gratitude. We truly believe this new version represents the soul of Heartworks. Here are some insights as to what each part means:

The heart symbol that helps to make up the “H” represents the action of a “heartwork:” an act of giving that comes from an authentic place within you. The heart is open, with energy spiraling out from its center, representing the action of giving from a place of our own experience with heartache. It speaks to the ongoing and infinite effects that an act of compassion has in our world. One person opens and gives to another and that person has an experience of grace and therefore is more likely to do something for someone else and so on and so on…

 

The H

Within the “H” is the echo of the Twin Towers, signifying the emergent place that we all come to at some point in our lives. It represents creating space, in our daily lives, for the same level of awareness and unity that overcame us all in the days following September 11, 2001.

Look Inward, Give Outward

After 15 years, Heartworks has come to realize that in order for the concepts of Heartworks to really transform us, each of us is called to look inward at our own experience with grief, vulnerability, and gratitude. By doing this we are not simply “mindlessly volunteering,” but truly bringing healing energy into the world through our own life stories. “Look Inward, Give Outward” means to work on ourselves (we offer workshops, meditation groups, prayer walks, self-growth book club, monthly meetings etc..) while giving outward, from a reflective, intentional place. We firmly believe that by doing this, both the giver and receiver are adding connection and love to the world in the purest of ways.

The Font

The font, keeps with the natural, organic, hand written characteristics of the Heartworks Brand. Whenever we give, it comes from a natural, organic intention to help in whatever way fits a person or family best. And we fully believe that in this age of texting and email, there is a power in hand written notes, especially during times of suffering.

 

Action Heart Symbol

The Heartworks action symbol is a dynamic image we encourage anyone to use when signing letters or cards, as a way of creating more conscious giving in our world. You start at the base of the heart, draw the heart while leaving an opening, and then draw the swirl. The idea here is that each individual brings her own “heart print” to the work of receiving with grace, giving with an open heart and practicing gratitude.

Our original tag line of “Receive with grace, give with an open heart, and be grateful” will always be the foundation of Heartworks. It speaks to the healing available when we say “YES” to support without guilt, shame or resistance. The idea of giving without judgment and practicing gratitude on a daily basis is a reliable way to invoke more peace in our lives.

Our hope is that our new logo moves you into the stillness in your own life and into action in the world around you. We hope that it helps you to feel a part of something bigger than yourself and that it reminds you that connection and growth create purpose in every struggle.

Learn more about Heartworks at our Newcomers Meeting!

We have moved the newcomers meeting to 7:00 p.m. starting at our April 2018 meeting.
If you know of someone that would like to join us, please encourage them to come to Heartworks at 7:00 to meet with Megan and get a brief overview of Heartworks before the meeting begins.

7 p.m.       Newcomers meeting

7:15 p.m.   Social hour (with a purpose!)

8 p.m.         Meeting begins

Click here for more information about why we say “Come to a Meeting!

Why We Honor Our Veterans

As women, we are especially grateful to be able to gather at Heaertworks and speak freely. One of our core philosophies at Heartworks is that none of us would be able to enjoy what we do in our lives without the sacrifices made by our military.

We realize that there are so many places in the world where men and women cannot even imagine being able to gather publicly in safety and speak freely. At every monthly meeting, we light candles in honor of our Veterans. The first candle lit is always for our active military that ensures that we can continue to do what we do.

What We Do for Our Local Veterans

Every day during the weeks of Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, we hold flag raising and lowering ceremonies and make breakfast and dinner for the men of VFW Post #7858 at the Bernardsville Post Office. We encourage everyone in the community to attend these short and meaningful ceremonies. Heartworkers sign up for these opportunities:

  • Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Mums delivered each fall
  • Desserts brought to their monthly meetings

Come to a Meeting

MONTHLY MEETINGS:
We hold monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month at our awesome “Heartworks House” that involve:
Diet Coke
Gratitude
Wine
Prayer
Appetizers
Acceptance
Fundraising
Good intentions
Organizing of gifts
Quiet meditation

7:00 – Newcomers Meeting
Join other newcomers to meet with Megan for a brief (although if you have met Megan, she is NEVER really brief, even when she thinks she is!) meeting to get you caught up on why we do what we do at Heartworks and the families we are currently reaching out to

7:00 – Conscious Social Hour
What the hell is a “Conscious Social Hour”? This is time to spend being grateful for the fact that we are healthy enough to get out of our houses and come have a Diet Coke and cheese and crackers with other women. We sign up for ways we can help families, sign cards, make gift baskets and meet new women

8:00- Meeting
Prayers candles, self-reflective reading, explanations, and organizing of efforts, inspirational stories, quiet meditation and always an opportunity to get out of the static, judgment, and anxiety that you may have going on in your mind.

Meeting Calendar

All meetings are held at the “Heartworks House”
19 Rt 202 (maybe Morristown Road for GPS)
Basking Ridge, NJ
(908) 766-4400

We have parking off of Route 202 and Madisonville Road.

Tuesday Morning Meditation at Heartworks

Starting January 16th, Heartworks will have a meditation group at the Heartworks House every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.! Join Megan for a very relaxing and healing guided meditation and (optional) sharing.

Give yourself until 9:30 a.m. but you can certainly leave earlier if you need too.

YOU WILL LOVE THIS! Just come, even if you feel nervous! Come once, come every week, come when you want too; we will be here.

Pastry Chef’s at Heartworks Ultimate Super Tailgate Tasting V

Pastry Chefs who participated in this year’s Super Ultimate Tailgate Tasting V and helped make our event fabulous!

Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe

Palermo’s Bakery

La Bonbonniere Bake Shoppes

Sweet Passion Cakery

Donna’s Dream Puffs

The Bernards Inn

Chef’s at Heartworks Ultimate Super Tailgate Tasting V

Chef’s that participated in this year’s Super Ultimate Tailgate Tasting V and helped make our event amazing!

Basking Ridge Catering / Delicious Heights Outpost

Fiddler’s Elbow

Healthy Italia

Jane’s Kitchen

Minuteman Smokehouse & Grill

Ninety Acres @ Natirar

Saly G’s Restaurant & Tavern

The Stirling Hotel

Stirling Tavern

Stone House at Stirling Ridge

The Bernards Inn

Tsuki Japanese Restaurant

Urban Table/Harvest Restaurants

Washington House Restaurant

 2018 Winners of Best Taste Tailgate Food, Cake, and Presentation!

2018 Best Taste went to Saly G’s Restaurant

2018 Best Presentation went to A Sweet Passion Cakery

2018 Best Tasting Cake went to Donna Dream Puff’s

Thoughts on Our October Meeting

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Tuesday Night’s Meeting

I sat alone at the Heartworks House long after I said goodbye to the last Heartworker on Tuesday night. The energy in the house was solid, connected and blessed and I wasn’t ready to leave just yet. To be honest, the hours leading up to the meeting made for a very long day. Last month we had 31 families on our “sacred table” and afterwards I said to the Board “It’s too much, we have to cut back.” But how do we cut back? How do we know what we know and then cut back? How do we see what we see and then cut back? How do we feel what we feel and then cut back? The answer is we don’t. We can’t. We won’t.

Sometimes I just want to be a girl that goes to the mall. Sometimes I just want to be a girl that wakes up and focus’ on her workout and blocks it all out. But I can’t. I have never ever, not even for a minute, in my entire life have been able to do this. There is a price I pay for being who I am. I know this price… I think about in all sorts of ways, everyday. When I was 8 I would walk into the room while my parents were watching the news, see that a man had been shot in The Bronx and start to cry and demand to know where The Bronx was and ask why we weren’t going there to help the man that was shot. I have never been able to have much distance between myself and other people’s suffering.

Heartworks is not always easy, but it gives me a way to do something about the human struggles we come across every day. This past Tuesday was one of those days that I was exhausted from the heaviness of the stories and not managing it well. Sometimes I am so tired that I say to my Advisory Board “What are we doing? Are we even making a dent? Is this all worth it?” And I have days like Tuesday that I feel so overwhelmed that I’m dropping “F” Bombs as I’m putting prayer books out on the table to be signed 🙁 … And then we have a night like Tuesday night. A night where Olga walks through the door for her first Heartworks meeting ever.

Olga lives in Bedminster but leaves for Florida next week. She’ll be moving in with her mom to be closer to her son who just started college there. She’ll be traveling next week with a U Haul van filled with her belongings, and the tumor that rests inside her brain. But after tonight, her possessions include a gift bag filled with magazines and snacks to enjoy in the private room during the 17 hour train ride we offered her when we found out she was DRIVING WHILE ON HER MEDS, WITH A BRAIN TUMOR TO FLORIDA.

How does a human being sleep when she knows another human being, with a brain tumor, is driving herself from New Jersey to Florida?? I complain most times I have to even drive to Target. Perhaps a human being who doesn’t know about someone like Olga sleeps. But once you know…you know…and then how can you not do something? And so we are doing something. Because of all of you showing up Tuesday, we are able to pay for her to load her U Haul van onto a train and then go rest in a private room with a bed eating Cheetos and reading about Brangelina for the rest of the trip.

Because of the donations that continue to come into Heartworks, we can do something like this. And sweet, powerful, faith filled Olga will be able to lie her head on a pillow with Amtrak etched across the pillow case and get some sleep. The rest of us now will be able to put our heads on our own pillows and sleep, knowing that the teeny tiny section of the world that God has asked us to watch over (a 21 hour stretch from New Jersey to Florida) is being taken care of.
I wish that this felt like we were doing enough, but it never does. I’m working on this …seeing my energy worker at 8:45 tomorrow morning for assistance with this :). As I return to the Heartworks House after my appointment it will be so full of love that all I will be able to say is thank you to everyone who came to Tuesday’s meeting, thank you to Olga for receiving, and thank you to God for the opportunity to be alive…and like Nicky, who we learned had passed away after a journey with Cystic Fibrosis taught us, be grateful for every breath we are given, because he was. Every Heartworks meeting seems to teach us ways to be more connected and awake to what is happening in the world around us and this continues to help me move through this unpredictable and fragile life of ours. Thank you for your part in my lessons, see you all next month.

Do not be afraid to Never Forget

For anyone feeling pulled by different commitments this 9/11 here are some thoughts…

Do not be afraid to Never Forget.
Do not be afraid to be vulnerable and softened by this anniversary.
Do not be afraid to be still.
Do not be afraid to say no to an invitation that doesn’t sit right with your soul and if you do go to the soccer game or BBQ, do it with more hugs, eye contact and humility than perhaps you normally would.
Bring peace into the world and take a moment during the day to remember how 15 years ago this day changed you, because my bet is that the day changed you for the better.
May we never forget how it changed us all.

Here is a poem by John O’Donohue, my favorite Irish Philosopher and Poet. Please share it with your family if it resonates with you-

A BLESSING FOR PEACE

As the fever of day calms toward twilight
May all that is strained in us come to ease.

We pray for all who suffered violence today,
May an unexpected serenity surprise them.

For those who risk their lives
Each day for peace,
May their hearts glimpse providence
At the heart of history.

That those who make riches
From violence and war
Might hear in their dreams
the cries of the lost.

That we might see through
our fear of each other
A new vision to heal
Our fatal attraction to aggression.

That those who enjoy
The privilege of peace
Might not forget their
tormented brothers and sisters.

That the wolf might lie down
with the lamb,
That our swords be beaten
Into plowshares

And no hurt or harm be done
Anywhere along the holy mountain.