7 p.m. Newcomers meeting
7:15 p.m. Social hour (with a purpose!)
8 p.m. Meeting begins
7 p.m. Newcomers meeting
7:15 p.m. Social hour (with a purpose!)
8 p.m. Meeting begins
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:
We hold monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month at our awesome “Heartworks House” that involve:
Organizing of gifts
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
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.
All meetings are held at the “Heartworks House”
19 Rt 202 (maybe Morristown Road for GPS)
Basking Ridge, NJ
We have parking off of Route 202 and Madisonville Road.
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.
Chef’s that participated in this year’s Super Ultimate Tailgate Tasting V and helped make our event amazing!
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.
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-
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
And no hurt or harm be done
Anywhere along the holy mountain.
This is an update on what is happening at Heartworks in the next week with the 15th anniversary of September 11th upon us.
We want you to know about something powerful and sacred that we are planning for the upcoming anniversary.
We are asking all Heartworkers and anyone else who would be willing to participate to invoke peace within your own heart all day on Sunday. So what this means is…..
Start the day off with thoughts and intentions of peace. As soon as you open your eyes on Sunday say “peace” either out loud or to yourself. Set the intention of invoking peace within you throughout the day- to have peace be in the forefront of your mind. Commit to do everything this day with the intention of peace. In your words, thoughts and actions.
Invoke peace while making meals
Invoke peace in every conversation
Invoke peace while packing up bags
Invoke peace while driving your car
Invoke peace in all conversations
Invoke peace with every gesture
Invoke peace with every contact
Invoke peace in every thought
Invoke peace in every action
Invoke peace for those you love
Invoke peace for those you feel hatred towards
Commit to peace in everything you do, and as a symbol of your commitment (or your family’s commitment) we are asking that you drop a mum off at the Heartworks House between Wednesday September 9th, and Tuesday, September 13th . These “Peace Mums” will then be available starting at our Tuesday September 13th meeting for everyone to come and take one and deliver to someone they know who is searching for peace. The card attached to the Peace Mum will read:
This mum is a symbol of peace.
It is given to you in hope
of invoking the peace
that exists within,
especially when it
More to come on our plan for invoking peace all over town, but for now thank you for reading and please spread the word.