Embracing the digital world is not entirely bad since many technological innovations today certainly make everyday life much more convenient. However, depending too much on it hinders us from reaching our peak performance and working through our souls. Delving into this topic with Rodney Flowers is Paul Rodney Turner, a former monk who now serves as the director of Food For Life Global. He shares the concept of building a more disciplined mindset through less violent diets and food yoga. Paul also talks about looking past the physical body and seeing everything as spiritual beings, contributing to the collective progress of humans as a global family.
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Paul Rodney Turner On Reaching Peak Performance Through Food And Spirituality
I’m here with Paul Rodney Turner. I’m excited about being with him and having a conversation with him because Paul is a former monk. He was a monk for about fourteen years. He is going to share what he’s doing. He’s doing amazing things with his organization, Food for Life Global. He’s been traveling all around the world. He’s an accomplished vegan chef, and he’s the author of five books.
We’re going to talk about soul power, mindset, and how to evolve your consciousness. These are all things that are important when we’re dealing with things like a pandemic, challenges, and obstacles. It’s the internal work that is necessary for us to progress beyond the obstacles in front of us. I want to introduce Paul Rodney Turner to the Game Changer Mentality podcast.
Welcome to the show, Paul.
Rodney, thank you very much for the opportunity.
Likewise, I return that sentiment because I’m grateful to have you here. I’m always fascinated when I get the opportunity to talk to either practicing monks or those that were monks in a former life. It’s a disciplined life and discipline is something that is a challenge for many of us. One of the things I want to learn from you is what that experience was like as a monk. What did you learn from it over your years of practice?
Being a monk is no joke. That’s probably the most serious decision one could ever make in life because it takes you in a completely different direction. You’re turning your back on all of the usual aspirations, goals and visions that one might have. I was only nineteen when I decided to become a monk. You can understand that at that age, we’re still exploring, still trying to understand our purpose, what our vision is.
At that point, I felt confident, “I’m going to invest in my higher self. I’m going to invest energy into understanding who I am, my real true potential inside.” For those fourteen years, I lived a regulated life and a disciplined life, as you pointed out. To give you an analogy, it’s akin to being like a Marine, a spiritual Marine. It’s hardcore what you have to put yourself through, first of all, celibacy. It’s no joke for a young man at the age of nineteen to practice celibacy and to live a disciplined lifestyle.
Sleeping on the floor, no bed, cool showers, no hot showers, regulated eating, eating at specifically designated times. Certain types of food that you would eat. We would only eat a vegetarian or vegan meal and no snacking in between meals. Studying the religious scriptures for at least two hours a day and then chanting for at least 3 to 4 hours a day. Working eight hours a day. Various tasks like working in the fields if you’re at the farm, cooking and preparing food for the homeless, cleaning the temple, or doing some business like selling products or something, fundraising for the temple, things like that.
We worked hard and you needed to do that as well because you needed to control your mind. Our mind can be our worst enemy or our best friend. You have to regulate the senses. You have to live a disciplined life to control that mind. I mentioned in my book that from this experience, I got my first opportunity to do humanitarian work. I’m the Director of Food for Life Global, which is an international network of vegan food and relief projects. There are 260 projects in 60 countries.
When I was a monk, my first service as a monk was preparing food and feeding the homeless in Sydney, Australia. At that time, Food for Life was a grassroots program. It wasn’t developed at all, but that was my first service. Interestingly enough, before I decided to become a monk, I had the idea that I was going to be a chef for God. That was exactly the opportunity that was presented to me. I learned how to cook gourmet vegetarian, vegan food and large quantities of food. I’ve personally cooked a feast for 10,000 people. That’s a skill in itself, understanding how to convert a regular family recipe to 10,000 people.
During that time, I dived deep into the hospitality culture of India because it was a Hindu tradition when I was a monk. The spiritual hospitality culture of India was very intriguing to me. What I learned from that is that it’s common for the average person to accept the concept of reincarnation and that there’s more to the physical world than simply a meat bag. We’re more than just a body or a soul inside animating the body. Because of that, they have this universal respect for all life. That’s why vegetarianism is popular in India.
In terms of the culture of hospitality, one of the things which were interesting to me was that they have this tradition whereby an unannounced guest or someone randomly knocked on your door, there’s a concept called Atithi Narayana. Atithi is a Sanskrit word that means unannounced or unscheduled. Narayana is one of the many names of God in the Hindu tradition. Atithi Narayana means the unannounced guest. You should treat them as God like you want to speak of the invited guest. That’s a core part of that hospitality tradition. When someone knocked on your door, you would go out and you would welcome them to your home, sit them down, give them a glass of water, and feed them as much food as they needed.
Another part of that tradition is that when the wife or whoever prepared the dinner, the husband would go outside and call out, “Is anybody hungry? Please come, we will feed you.” They would do that three times. That was fascinating to me. When you think about what it’s like in the United States, Australia or Western cultures, that thing doesn’t happen. We’re fearful. We don’t often talk to our neighbors or invite them to dinner. That intrigued me and that set a foundation for me in exploring this hospitality culture. I started to realize how important that was in addressing all the problems of the world.
Fast forward, I was asked by my mentor to leave Australia and join him in the United States to set up the headquarters for Food for Life. I left Australia as a monk. By that time, I’d already travel to at least 35 countries. I was traveling and promoting Food for Life, helping people to set up projects and training volunteers, and so on. We established Food for Life Global in the United States and worked on formalizing and developing a system. It’s more of an organization and not a grassroots operation. I wrote a training manual.The innate quality of the soul is unconditional service. That's what motivates and satisfies one's core self. Click To Tweet
This experience led me to understand that we needed to expand this project even beyond the religious confines. This is something that everyone should know about and understand this spiritual hospitality culture. My senior teacher once wrote that everyone should get a chance to experience blessed food because that will shift the consciousness, make them peaceful and prosperous, and make them happy. I was always thinking, “How can we do this because there are only so many monks? There are only so many volunteers in the Food for Life charity.”
I explored that a bit further and I realize, “It’s not a matter of us going out and feeding as many people as we can. It’s about educating people. It’s about teaching the man how to fish instead of giving him fish or teaching him how to garden instead of giving him food, fruits, and vegetables.” I realized that I’ve got to teach people about this spiritual hospitality culture. That then became my quest for teaching people what’s called Food Yoga.
I wrote a book called Food Yoga. It’s a five-star book on Amazon. In this book, I explore the concept of spiritual hospitality. I layout that food is not simply something that just nourishes the body, but it has a subtle aspect. It carries intention and it can nourish our mind and spirit as well. We can connect with people on a deep spiritual level through the medium of food. This formed the next direction of my life. I felt that beyond Food for Life, I’ve got to teach this.
I branded myself as a Food Yogi. Food Yoga became an important part of the Food for Life project because it wasn’t about just feeding hungry bellies anymore. It was about addressing the root cause of hunger, which was disunity and not respecting all life. I teach this idea in Food Yoga. On the Food for Life website, you’ll see that things like world hunger and poverty are not because of a lack of food. It’s simply because we don’t see ourselves as a global family. We don’t see ourselves as Earthlings.
Whether you’re a spiritualist or an atheist, we can all agree that at a certain point in time, there was an energetic event that created all of us, whether you believe that’s the divine creation of God or whether it was some big bang event. Essentially, we all have the same energetic signature. We’re all connected on an energetic level.
We have this tagline at the Food for Life charity and it’s called Uniting The World Through Pure Food. We’re directly addressing the real cause of hunger. We’re good at what we do. We can feed more people for less money than anyone. It’s all freshly cooked and it’s vegan. We’re proud of our capacity for what we’re doing.
We’ve served over 7 billion meals. It’s no joke. We’re effective at what we can do. More importantly, we want to promote this idea of Food Yoga using food as a medium of love, intention and using that to shift consciousness to bring us all around a global dinner table so that we all start speaking to each other. We all start respecting each other, sharing and seeing ourselves as a global family. That’s the journey in a nutshell. I feel it’s important. For the rest of my life, that’s what I’m going to be dedicated to.
You’ve said a lot to us. You mentioned a lot about discipline and having a regimented and structured life. As a former monk, what do you see here in this pandemic and then the challenges that we’re facing and our ability to get over it and beyond it? Do you feel there’s a global lack of discipline or lack of any of the things that you may have learned as a monk?
There’s a lack of discipline in the world. We’ve become too dependent on the system and government. We expect things, “You should give me money, that and this.” That’s not healthy. In fact, we need to work and earn those things. More importantly, we need to contribute. We are part of a global ecosystem. We all have an important part to play. Every single living thing, every weed, every herb, every bug, every animal, and every person has a service to perform.
One of the things I learned as a monk was that there’s an innate quality of the soul, like there’s an innate quality of sugar, and that is sweetness. You cannot separate sweetness from sugar. They are one and the same thing. They are one and independent. The innate quality of fires is heat and light. Similarly, the innate quality of the soul is unconditional service. That’s what motivates us. That’s what makes us happy and satisfies our core self.
Unfortunately, that’s not being taught in schools. That’s not being taught in the media. It’s this concept of because of your birth, the color of your skin, or whatever that is, you deserve this without any other effort. That’s hurting us a lot. The pandemic has revealed a lot of these insecurities and failings. It’s more than what people expected. When the COVID virus was announced, people were thinking, “That’s going to affect my physical health.” It turned out to be much more than that. It’s affecting us on many levels because it’s making us take a naked look at the reality of our life and our priorities and shift those priorities to align with our real self and higher needs.
As a monk, you learn tolerance and patience. That’s something that can carry on in any material endeavor and can be beneficial because the material world by nature is fraught with danger and surprises. We can’t expect things to always go our way. We’re not living in a vacuum. There are billions of people, other living entities, and then you’ve got Mother Nature. All of these things are going on and we only have so much control. We have to do our best to be the best representation of ourselves and our family. Pray that things worked out because, at the end of the day, we are not the supreme controllers. God is.
That’s true. I want to further this conversation regarding the idea of control. You’re right. We don’t have control of what shows up in the game, the challenges that we may have to face and what they are and how they affect us. There’s an element to that where I feel we have a responsibility and that is we can control how we respond. I feel that although you may not have control of the challenge itself or the fact that it’s present in your life and the impact that is having, you can control how you behave, how you approach it and what your perception is about it.
One of the things I appreciate about monks in regards to that is when you are practicing the lifestyle of a monk, there are a lot of discipline involved, as you describe. The discipline is powerful and it’s important. In my opinion, discipline is fueled by why you are doing it. The urge is there and you’re constantly telling the urge, “No. That’s my control.”With so many things in the world beyond your control, all you can do is be the best representation of yourself and your family. Click To Tweet
It’s having the discipline to not want to do it but still do it. To still do something beyond what your body may be urging you to do or what your mind is saying, “This is what I want. This is what I want to do.” You’re constantly fighting against it and saying no. It’s because there’s something bigger and greater, a bigger purpose, idea, and reward than whatever it is that the urge is nudging you to.
The fact that we’re on the same team and every grain of the grass, leaf, tree, and everything that the universe or God has created has that purpose embedded in it, we are the same as human beings. To me, it’s the why. If you’re alive and breathing, you have something to contribute. You’re here for a reason. You find that out by further expanding yourself, growing, and discovering more about who you are in relation to the universe and the world that you’re in to give of yourself. That’s why you want to discover because you’re discovering what you can give and how you can contribute.
That is the reason why I feel that control is necessary to control ourselves, be that best version, expanded version, and contributing version of ourselves. It’s the reason why when these challenges show up. There is a time to overcome and a time to look within and discover what’s available for you to expand beyond the challenge.
As a monk, every day, you’re faced with that urge, and then there are these things that you have to do to stay in line with that lifestyle. You know in the back of your mind, “By doing this, there’s a greater purpose and a greater good.” It’s not even what you have to do. It’s what you get to do. It becomes a privilege because you understand the benefit of practicing this lifestyle.
We had to constantly remind ourselves. That’s for sure.
That’s where we are. That’s what we sometimes forget as human beings.
That’s not taught in school. That’s the sad part. We’re not preparing our children for the most part to realize their full potential. We’re preparing them to be parts of the machine, a cog in the wheel, so to speak. That’s not going to help anyone at the end of the day. As monks, we had to constantly remind ourselves by asking that question, “Why am I doing this?” The reason is because I’m a spiritual being. This physical world is not my ultimate home. It’s a temporary place where I have a material experience to learn certain lessons. My real home is in the spiritual domain.
There are many levels of existence. Even in this physical realm, there are many levels of existence. The ant crawling across your floor has an understanding and a certain perception of the world. As you walk across the carpet, you’re like a big dark cloud or something. It does not understand that you’re a personality and you have a life, a wife and children. In the end, you’re a dark cloud. They have their perception. It’s the same for all living beings to have this certain consciousness and perception of the world.
Even in the physical world, there are many layers of reality and to speak of the more subtle worlds where we ultimately emanate from. Consciousness is a symptom of the soul. As spiritual beings, our past activities and our past desires were being presented with a certain opportunity, physical form, family, country, and opportunities to live out our life, have certain experiences, and help us evolve spiritually.
One of the things I teach in Food Yoga is the idea of mastering the tongue. That was a key component of my success being a monk for so long. It’s no joke. It’s a difficult thing to do. I can imagine it would be much harder than when I was a monk. When I was a monk, there was no internet. There weren’t as many distractions. Now, it’s extremely difficult to be so disciplined. A key component of that success was this concept of mastering the tongue. Of all the senses, the tongue is the most ferocious and difficult to control. When we master the tongue, we elevate our consciousness. Our consciousness is expanded.
The tongue has two functions, tasting and vibrating. What you speak and what you eat has a direct correlation to the quality of your consciousness, the awareness that you have in the world. We were careful about regulating our eating. I’m only eating certain foods. Some foods were agitating to the senses, so we avoided them. We wouldn’t eat too much because if you eat too much, that also agitates the senses in mind. Eating was controlled and regulated.
Speaking is also as important because that’s another function of the tongue, vibration. What you speak directly affects the way you perceive the world. We learn this in the concept of the secret, affirmations and so on. You’re writing your life script by the words that you speak. We were careful about speaking the truth, uplifting words, words that are optimistic, encouraging, loving, and respectful. All of these things play an important role in molding our consciousness and evolving to the point where we fully embrace our spirituality and operate from a different level. That enables us to handle life’s challenges, the sexual challenges, and the allurements of the material world. The only way to do that is by mastering the tongue and having a focused consciousness.
Another trick that we learned as a monk is that when we spoke to people, we would speak to them as if they were a soul. We didn’t judge them by their physical form. We would look deep into people’s eyes because the eyes are the windows of the soul. We would communicate with them even by saying the most simple things. When we address them, we’re looking deeply into their eyes with the idea that their soul is animating this physical form. It had a profound effect on how they perceive those words. It was different. You would say the simplest things, but it would be powerful for them. That technique can also help us to be more effective in our communications and to help us to stay on track with our spiritual pursuit.
If someone is reading this, I would like for them to take away some type of tangible action that they can put into practice to strengthen their mindset or to be more disciplined as well as master their tongue. What would you recommend for that?
The first step in mastering the tongue is watching what you eat. We eat every day and we take eating for granted. Don’t take it for granted. It’s a blessing. I work in fugitive. There are 1 billion people in the world that are struggling to survive to get the nutrition that they need to be healthy and happy. That’s no joke. Don’t take for granted the food that you have on the table, the food that’s in your refrigerator, and the food that’s in your supermarket. It’s a tremendous blessing. Have a deeper relationship with that food. Don’t think that food is something that you eat to satisfy the tongue and then get on with life. See food differently.What you speak and eat directly correlates to the quality of your consciousness and the awareness you have of the world. Click To Tweet
First of all, understand that taking the life of an animal is not the best food for us. It could be food in a case of survival, but the lesser of the evil is to eat plant-based food like fruits and vegetables where there’s less suffering. Even in that case, when you take an apple from the tree, that apple is making a sacrifice to nourish your body so have that respect for that apple. Before you eat that apple, give grace. Say thank you. Have a more deep respect relationship with food. Understand the benefits of plant-based food because it will help to minimize the negative effects that come with eating meat.
When you’re eating the dead body of an animal, it’s not simply the protein, the minerals, and the iron that you’re getting. It’s also the suffering, the pain, the sadness that comes with that food and you’re ingesting that. That affects your mind and your consciousness. Choosing a less violent diet is critical for success in spiritual life and thinking 2 or 3 times before you make a statement. If you’re angry with someone on the internet, rather than shooting off a rebuttal, think about it. Let it sit overnight and then respond. Have a bit more discipline in how we communicate and understand the power of words.
Words are powerful. War of words, divorces, all conflicts begin with the powerful words. Sound is the basis of all creation. In the beginning, there was the word and the word was God. Sound is super important. That’s why, as monks, we also practice the process of chanting God’s holy names. Praying ceaselessly is promoted in the Christian tradition.
The idea of uttering God’s name and the sound of the transcendental sound of God’s name elevates consciousness. It’s a sound vibration that’s coming from a different platform. Things like that are important. You don’t have to be a monk. Of course, few people can be successful in that but you can be more disciplined in your eating, more conscientious, and respectful in your speaking.
Another thing I want to bring up and get your insight on is the idea of instant gratification. You mentioned that it would be even more difficult to be a monk because of the internet. That took my mind to the fact that because of the internet, we can get things more quickly. You push a button and it shows up. Is that the space that you’re coming from as it relates to the difficulty and discipline of ourselves or being a monk? Is it instant gratification? There’s a social issue with that as it relates to human evolution. I want to get your idea on it.
It’s a powerful tool. It’s like anything. A knife in the hands of a surgeon can save your life. The knife in the hands of a murderer can take your life. The knife is not a bad thing. It’s the intention in how that thing is used. Similarly, the internet is not a bad thing. It has helped the world in many ways. It has empowered people with knowledge. It has given people a greater understanding of the opportunities of life. People have educated themselves more effectively and more efficiently through the internet. However, along with that comes the downside, which is the corruption, pornography, all the negativity, and those things can drag the consciousness down.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to deal with that. It’s not that there weren’t temptations. There were plenty of temptations from women that I had to interact with, but I tried to minimize my interaction with women. I can’t imagine being a monk now. It would be difficult. What you do learn is the importance of discipline and determination. Setting a concrete goal for yourself is critical. If I didn’t have a vision of myself as a successful monk and if I didn’t ask why all the time, I couldn’t have done it. You have to have that locked down. You need to have a clear vision of your future. You can’t wing this. It’s difficult.
I’ve heard many people say that we are a weaker generation as human beings. We don’t have the fortitude. If something happens, we frail and we revert to our old ways. What are your thoughts about that?
That’s one of the downsides of the modern conveniences that we surround ourselves with. Things are easy. It’s easy to communicate with someone to make money online. Not that’s a bad thing per se but at the same time, it can sometimes tend to minimize the value of hard work, discipline, and determination. There are many successful, good-hearted online entrepreneurs who have done tremendously good things for the world, but you’re right. It’s a different world we live in.
I’m not proposing that we should go back to nature and we should give up these conveniences and technologies. Ultimately, it’s making the quality of life better as long as we understand what is good for us and what is bad for us. As long as that is understood, then there’s no harm. Unfortunately, that’s not being taught. What most people hear is success and happiness come from lots of money and accumulating physical things, and that’s not the truth. Someone can have tremendous wealth and be extremely unhappy. Real success in life comes from the inner happiness, respect, and love of all life and other living beings. It comes from unconditional service. This is where happiness comes from.
I was watching an interview with Mike Tyson. The interviewer was pointing at Mike’s title belts that he had. He had all of his title belts laid out on the table and he’s like, “This is legendary and awesome. Look at your achievements.” Mike was standing there and he’s looking at all of those belts. Mike says, “That’s garbage.”
He said, “It’s not all garbage. What do you mean? Are you saying that these things are not meaningful to you?” Mike was like, “I’m not saying that. When I was a kid, this is what I wanted. It meant a lot to me. I was willing to do whatever I needed to do to obtain these belts. Now, I realized that it doesn’t have any meaning. It’s material. It’s garbage. What’s meaningful for me is making sure that my kids are happy. If they have a smile on their face and they live in decent light, that’s what’s meaningful for me.”
Isn’t it amazing that those wise words come from someone like Mike Tyson? Talk about transforming, someone being transformed from the type of crazy person that he was as a youngster being surrounded by the wrong type of people but now emerging as a conscientious, respectful, humble man. It’s amazing.
What stands out for me as I follow that journey, the rise of Mike Tyson and where he is now, we don’t have to wait for life-altering moments to grow and understand. I certainly went through a life-altering event that taught me a lot of things. One of the number one thing that it taught me is that I didn’t have to wait for that to happen. What became available to me in what I was in was always available to me. I didn’t have the consciousness to see it. I wasn’t aware of it but it was always there.
Many of the things that you talk about like discipline, making sure that we understand what our destination is, have a goal and mastering our tongue, all of those things are available. You can play the game that way but you don’t have to wait until you’re in defeat to gather those skills to change the game. You can be a person that plays in that manner all the time.Someone can have tremendous wealth and be extremely unhappy. Real success comes from inner happiness, respect, and love of all life. Click To Tweet
You don’t have to go through suffering to be successful, that’s for sure. You need to wake up and understand our true potential as a soul that we have unlimited potential. That’s one of the things I talk about in my other book called Soul Power. In Soul Power, I take the stance that there are all these affirmation books and positive thinking books, and so on. For the most part, most of them don’t present their ideas from the position of a soul. You are a spiritual being. The body is simply a machine that you drive. You are the driver of the car. I took that approach in writing this book. It’s a book filled with affirmation and positivity.
I stated that there are five noble truths of life. The first truth is that you are protected because you are God’s child. The creator has created you. You’re special to him or her. Therefore, you should feel confident. You should not be scared. At the same time, you’re perfect because you are qualitatively equal to God.
Quantitatively, no, you’re small. You have limited capacity, limited control but you’re still qualitatively like God. You’re like the drop of the ocean. It has the same qualities as the ocean itself. You’re perfect and complete. You’re a Prasadam. Prasadam is a Sanskrit word that means blessed or beloved like a gift. You’re a Prasadam because what you are now is the accumulation of the blessings and the mercy of many people.
There’s no such thing as an independent, successful person. Every single person succeeds because of the help of others. Who you surround yourself with is critically important for your success. You are Prasadam. You are mercy personified. You are prosperous and I am prosperous. Being the child of the Almighty, you have access to all the great things that the Almighty brings to the table. You’re the child of the richest person in the world, so you are prosperous. It’s a matter of unlocking that prosperity and finding what course that you need to take to reach that success. What is your purpose in life? That prosperity is there. It’s within you.
Lastly, I am powerful. It’s related to the earlier point, and that is, we are not small, insignificant human beings. Physically speaking, our senses are limited. We can only see and hear certain things. There are many animal species that have much greater sensory capacity. From a physical level, we are limited. From a spiritual level, you are super powerful. You have unlimited power. It’s a matter of tapping into it. As a soul, you are powerful as the sun and more. When we look at life in that way, we unleash our full potential to be successful and happy in life. That’s what the book talks about. It’s called Soul Power.
One of the commonalities of books like that is the fact that I’ve heard several times people say, “You got to tap into it.” Walk us through what that means. What does that look like? How do we tap into all those things you described?
It starts with looking at yourself differently. When you look in the mirror, that physical form that you see is not you. You’re a soul looking through those eyes. The eyes are looking back at you. There’s a soul within that looking through those eyes at that person in the mirror. It’s shifting our perception of the world. It’s stopping to smell the roses, taking time to breathe and get away from the distractions of life. Things like meditation help with this. It’s going deep and understanding our true essence as spiritual beings. Once we can embrace that, then we can unlock the power of the soul. We can unlock the power of those qualities that I mentioned, powerful, prosperous, and blessed.
The way that I did, it was through meditation. Every day I chanted, I cultivated this understanding, I read scriptural texts, which affirmed these points, I practiced them throughout the day and constantly reminded myself that I was a soul and I’m just the driver of this machine. It starts with that. If you continue to think of yourself as a physical body, limit yourself and think that I’m a Black man, White man, or Hispanic woman, you’re limiting yourself. You’re way more than that. In the eyes of God, you’re a spark of God’s splendor. It’s shifting our understanding of ourselves. That’s the beginning.
Growing up, I was raised in a church. This has taken me back to my younger days, hearing all of the scripture and hearing all of the I am statements and the fact that we are a part of God and God is a part of us and he’s inside of us. It wasn’t until I got a little older and I got to a place where I was forced to spend time with myself. That was through my accident where I felt a little isolated, but the isolation became a powerful turning point in my life. It’s because I was able to understand exactly what you’re saying.
There’s a separation. There’s the physical us and then there’s the spiritual us. Seemingly, those two don’t always connect. We’re not always in sync with our spiritual selves. We see our physical selves, so rightfully, we revert to what’s in front of us to be more spiritualist and to see beyond the physical. That takes a level of connection to self and a connection to spirit. One way to get that is to spend a lot of time with yourself because that’s where you find and discover.
You have to disconnect. There are many false narratives out there. We’re being directed in a certain way. At the end of the day, from a corporate perspective, you’re simply a consumer. They want you to consume their products. They’ll do whatever they can to convince you that you need that product. The way they convince you and frame that narrative is, “You’re a physical body. You need to be stronger, more beautiful, and smell better.” That physical framing is constantly being reinforced from all angles through the internet, movies, media, advertisements, corporations, and so on. It’s a challenge. That’s why you have to take the time.
You don’t necessarily have to go to a cave or be a monk but you have to take time for yourself. You have to step away, turn the TV off, turn the internet off, turn your phone off, breathe, touch the ground with bare feet, connect with Mother Earth, and getaway. That’s why we feel better when we get away. When we go to the beach, go to the forest, we need that. We need that energy and reconnection because that’s allowing us to shift our consciousness to a higher frequency where we understand things from a higher level. You’ve got to take time for yourself. That’s the only way you’re ever going to achieve any semblance of happiness.You are what you are today because of the accumulation of the blessings of so many people. Click To Tweet
Paul, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more about you?
I have a website, PaulRodneyTurner.com. You can also reach me through the Food for Life Global website, which is FFL.org or FoodForLife.org. They’re probably the best places to reach me. I’m not active personally through social media. Whatever time I spend, it’s for charity. You can look at the other things that I’m working on. There’s another project, which I didn’t bring up, but it’s a social enterprise called FeedOM and we’re selling what’s called the Om Guarantee Certification.
The Om Guarantee Certification is a certification of social good wherein a company or an entrepreneur can align their business with their cause that has a measurable social impact. For $0.50, we guarantee that a needy child, for example, will receive a freshly cooked vegan meal. For $0.25, a tree is planted. For $1, a rescued animal is fed. That’s called Om Guarantee. You can find that at OmGuarantee.com. You can learn more about it.
How can people support your charity if they want it?
There are quite a few ways you can support us. We accept donations, where every donation will be converted to an actual measurable deliverable output like X number of kids, will be fed. It’s $0.50 to feed a child. If you donate $10, we’ll feed twenty children. Of course, you can volunteer. We have volunteer opportunities. We’re also present on The Giving Block and we accept cryptocurrency donations.
You can also be an advocate because Food for Life is not your regular food relief organization. We only prepare freshly cooked vegan meals. For anyone that is a vegan or has studied a little bit about plant-based nutrition, they’ll know that it’s not only better for us physically and mentally, but it’s better for the planet and animals. There are many other side benefits. We’re unique in this space. We’re a conscious and effective food relief organization.
I want to thank you for coming to the show, Paul. This has been a great, valuable conversation. It’s one of those conversations that’s practical. You don’t need to shout, raise your voice or be dramatic in what you are providing, but the practice of what we shared is powerful and life-changing. In my opinion, it’s one of the major elements that’s missing as a practice for individuals. I agree with you about the fact that this isn’t taught in school because what we’re teaching is how to obtain a higher level of consciousness, which is a practice. No, you don’t have to be a monk.
You don’t even have to be part of religion. Anyone can do this. Spirituality is available to anyone.
I appreciate you coming to the show and sharing with us.
Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to be here with you.
Thank you. Before I let you go, if there’s one more thing you can add about how we can bounce back from adversity, dominate our challenges, and win in the game of life, what would that be?
There are always going to be challenges. Every single person in the world has challenges. You see a successful, happy person on Instagram or Facebook, but when you look behind the curtain, they have the same challenges we have. They have nagging kids, nagging wife or husband. They have tax problems, physical problems, and health problems. The only way to deal with all of these problems is to rise above them by aligning your consciousness with your highest self and understanding your true potential as a spiritual being that you are eternal.
This physical form does not define you. When you die, your soul is moving into another frequency and another plane of existence. The physical form will rot or be burned. All of those physical things that you had in this physical life, you cannot take them with you. What you can take with you is your consciousness and the wisdom that you gained in this life. Cultivate wisdom and raise your consciousness because that is a source of true wealth.
Ladies and gentlemen, Paul Rodney Turner. Thank you so much for coming to the show. It’s been a pleasure.
Thank you, Rodney.
There you have it, another successful episode of the Game Changer Mentality podcast. We talk a lot about changing the game that you’re playing, the game of life, and rising to pop the opposition. The things that we talked about is not so much about changing the game. It’s how you practice. These are skills that if you practice and maintain every day, this is what makes you a star player and champion in your own life.
When opposition shows up, it’s not a time to get fancy. It’s the time to go back to the fundamentals. When you get knocked out of the game and you’re scrambling around trying to figure out what to do, you have to revert to the basics, you’re training, or whatever you have been practicing and executing on that level. These are some basic principles of the game of life that can cause you to win.
I challenge you to take that step back and re-evaluate your thoughts, how you see yourself, what you’re thinking, and your level of consciousness to elevate and move beyond. This may require you to do some not so sexy things. Be with yourself, see what comes up for you and then face what comes up. Deal with it. Look in the mirror and realize that you’re looking back at a soul that’s looking through the eyes that you have and getting intimate with that part of yourself. I challenge you to do that.
We look at the stars, the people that play sports or people that are successful in life as if they’re different from us. This is what sets people apart from others. It’s the people that do this type of work. This is what puts you on a level of consciousness, behaving and thinking. Being able to get on this frequency produces a higher result. It produces a higher self and a greater self. To experience and obtain that, you have to put that work in and this is what it means to put the work in. I challenge you to do that.
Get into the habit of doing that every day, what works for you, whatever routine, practice, whatever type of schedule you want to put in place for you to practice these things. It may seem difficult at first. It may require some discipline but that’s why you have to do it over and over again until it becomes a habit. Someone very wise told me, “You don’t have to do something until you want to do it. When you want to do it, you don’t have to do it ever again. It becomes a pleasure.” It is my pleasure to serve and have this platform to speak to you, challenge you, push you, experience you and your greatness. Until next time, peace and love.
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About Paul Rodney Turner
Australian-born, Paul Rodney Turner, the “food yogi” was a celibate monk for 14 years and is currently the director of Food for Life Global, the world’s largest vegan food relief organisation with projects in over 60 countries serving up to 2 million meals daily.
He is an author of 5 books including:
- FOOD YOGA
- The 7 Maxims of Soul Happiness
- SOUL POWER – The Five Noble Truths
- The Yoga of Pool
- How to Build a Successful a Food Relief
Along with teaching food yoga, he is an accomplished vegan chef and numerologist. During his volunteer work for Food for Life Global, Paul has visited 70 countries, as well as coordinating disaster relief for some of the world’s largest natural disasters.
He recently founded feedOM – the kindness ecosystem that provides a cost-efficient way for companies to give back to the community and get certified for doing so.