It's generally understood that helping out others makes a person feel nice, but that experience goes beyond just the feel-good glow of altruism. Studies have found that helping others has tangible benefits, both mental and physical, from lowering your blood pressure to reducing feelings of depression. And research hasn't found any significant difference in the types of volunteering—any kind of helpful act can create benefits. "Research has shown that there's evidence volunteer work promotes that psychological well-being you're talking about," said Rodlescia Sneed, a public health research associate at Michigan State University who has studied the impacts of volunteering. "In my own work I've shown it's linked to improvements in factors like depressive symptoms, purpose in life, and feelings of optimism."

Juan Vasquez, an EMT for Pennsauken EMS, needs a kidney transplant. He has lived in Pennsauken for almost two decades and was a member of PHS Class of 2004. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kelly, and has two boys, ages 10 and 1. Juan has lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks tissues and organs in the body, and this disease has severely affected his kidneys. Anyone interested in pursuing the donation process can contact Lourdes at (856) 796-9370, press 4, and ask about donating to Juan Vasquez. To directly donate to Juan, individuals will need to have an O positive blood type. 

Spirit to Sole Connection now has 3 ionic foot detox machines - no appointment needed. This Saturday fromSaturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. come in and bring a friend, both of you will get a detox @2 for $60.00. Foot detoxes are becoming more and more popular as a way to rid the body of any harmful toxins. Potential toxins can range from impurities in the air, to chemicals in your home and beauty products. Because of their surge in popularity, ionic foot detoxes are now being offered at some health and wellness spas, at alternative health offices, and even for at-home use. The shop shelves at Spirit to Soul are also stocked with awesome healing products including: glycerites, tinctures, salves, body bath detoxes, foot detoxes, cold and flu remedies and so much more.

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation as explained below can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. 

Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.

On the Spirit to Sole Connection page you can learn the basics of Buddhist meditation. A few books are mentioned that will help you to deepen your understanding if you wish to explore further. Anyone can benefit from the meditations given here, Buddhist or not. We hope that you find this website useful and that you learn to enjoy the inner peace that comes from meditation.

Join in for some yoga fun at Soulflower Yoga with our Kids Yoga & Craft class. This class runs for four weeks on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. beginning on July 2nd. Every session we will explore a different theme and introduce stretching and strengthening through our yoga poses then get creative with some crazy crafts. This class is suitable for ages 5-9. Your $13 fee includes the one hour yoga class & crafts.

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 704 measles cases in 22 states."This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000," says a CDC statement issued late Wednesday. The agency attributed the high number of cases primarily to a few large outbreaks — one in the state of Washington and two others in New York state. The longer they continue, the greater the chance measles will once again get a foothold in the United States,' said Dr Nancy Messonier. Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 years of age are more likely to suffer from measles complications. One in 20 children end up with pneumonia and 1 of 1,000 with brain swelling enchephalitis. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

Measles is on the rise again, all around the globe and travelers should protect themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with an early version of the vaccine, which was made from an inactivated (killed) virus, "should be revaccinated" with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. Meanwhile, most of the eldest Americans — those born before 1957 — are considered to be protected against measles and don't need a booster, because the virus was so widespread in their youth that nearly everyone was exposed.

The game of pickleball is the latest rage in South Jersey and has a growing following in Pennsauken - especially for seniors. Pickleball is taught and played at the Browning Road and Chestnut Avenue courts on Thursdays at 4:30-6:30 and Saturdays at 10:30-12:30. Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong that can be played both indoors and outside by all ages. 

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