Food for Life Director featured in AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE

Food for Life Director featured in AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE

Nourishing the Soul – The story of a food yogi First Printed in AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE (Sept – Nov 2013) www.ayl.com.au Nourishing the Soul Sitting on a beach in Sri Lanka at the beginning of his world tour earlier this year, Food For Life (FFL) Global director Paul Rodney Turner was quietly reflecting on his life journey. “I pondered why I find myself travelling so much?” he wrote on his blog, Travel Diary of a Food Yogi. “Why I can’t seem to settle? The easy answer to that is because I can. I am single, without any debts and a worldwide mission.” But there is more to this story. “Yes, I travel for those reasons,” he says. “However, I also travel because I am searching for ‘home’.” What does home mean for this yoga devotee who was born and raised in Sydney’s western suburbs and who now directs the largest plant-based food relief organisation in the world? “In its purest definition home is the spiritual domain, or where the soul is most happy,” he says. “Since I am not qualified to be in the spiritual domain at this time, I can only hope to find a sense of home by being in a place of soul happiness.” Turner believes that in order to be qualified to enter into the spiritual domain we need to achieve a state of purity whereby our consciousness can tune into a higher spiritual frequency. “Being in a place of soul happiness means that, until our consciousness is fixed in the higher spiritual frequency, we can at least relish our connections in this world in the purest way possible – through unconditional love,” he says. With its slogan Uniting the World Through Pure Food, Food For Life Global operates on the hope that the liberal distribution of plant-based meals prepared with […]

Food for Life back in Haiti

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest Department), approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred on Tuesday, 12 January 2010, and by 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake, with death toll estimates ranging from 100,000 to 159,000. In 2010, Food for Life Global was one of the first agencies to respond to the disaster with volunteers from all over the world helping to set up a vegan food relief service that offered much needed hot meals to refugees for months. In 2011, Food for Life Global was asked to be a partner in a new initiative by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with IRD (International Relief and Development) to feed children at one of the schools. The Slovenian government had acquired a donation of 24 prefabricated containers from the Slovenian construction company TRIMO as part of Slovenia’s commitment to assist children affected by the quake. They asked IRD to assist in importing those containers, identifying a location, and building a space that would serve the children of Haiti? IRD then approached FFLG to feed the children healthy lunches. . In collaboration with the local government, IRD selected a site in a new village in Carrefour, now called Village Fraternite and a year later the school was established. Food for Life Global is now feeding the children a healthy vegan lunch everyday with donations from the Lotus Trust in the UK and other international donors. Every school day, Vishnu das, a volunteer from Santo Domingo rises early to prepare the lunch. He is assisted by local women who cut the vegetables. At 12 midday as […]

Food for Life Annamrita responding to Cyclone Phailin

India Cyclone

Super Tropical Cyclone Phailin Has Made Landfall in Northeastern India Tropical Cyclone Phailin has made landfall in northeastern India, where a catastrophe threatens to unfold and deaths are already being reported. The approach of Phailin, among the most powerful historical cyclones in the region, has led to the evacuation of about 500,000 people, according to the Australian ABC News website. Destructive winds well over 160 kph (100 mph) and flooding rain of at least 200 mm (8 inches) likely targeted a substantial area spanning the site of the cyclone’s landfall. A crippling storm surge of 4-6 meters (14-20 feet) may have swamped the coast near the point of landfall. The India Meteorological Department confirmed that Phailin made landfall in Gopalpur Saturday evening with winds over 200 kph (125 mph). Food for Life Annamrita team responding Volunteers from from ISKCON Juhu temple in Mumbai, India, along with a core team of volunteers at Food for Life Annamrita are responding in full force with all their equipment and expertise to provide hot vegan meals to the victims of this natural disaster. As details come in, we will report more. How you can help Food for Life Global is accepting donations on behalf of the relief team, however, you can also donate directly to the project in India through their site. www.annamrita.org  DONATE through FFLG Donate to the Food for Life Global emergency fund to help FFLG coordinate disaster relief when the need arises. Volunteer You can also help out by sharing our relief efforts online through your social network or assisting in other ways to help us raise funds to support the volunteers on the ground. APPLY NOW