Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s commitment to give back to the community and benefit Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. Fifty percent of the proceeds from our daily 2:30pm community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class go directly to a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!
This month at Laughing Lotus we immerse ourselves in Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine that originated in India five thousand years ago. Sometimes referred to as the "sister science" of yoga, it is a "science of life" that teaches us how to live in harmony with our nature and the seasons and our own nature through diet, mantra, asana, massage, herbs, and more. Ayurveda does more than simply treat disease; rather it seeks to restore harmony and balance between our internal and external environments by respecting our constitutions and listening to our physical and spiritual needs.
In an effort to contribute to greater harmony and balance in the world, this November Love Saves the Day benefits the SF-Marin Food Bank, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area that has been working to feed the city's hungry for 27 years. Recent economic shifts combined with budget cuts have left the region's hungry in worse shape than ever--1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat, and 16 million children live in household that are "food insecure," while government funding for emergency food has decreased. In San Franscisco and Marin, 1 in 4 residents are unable to afford the food they need, often having to choose between food and paying the rent or accessing medical care. This imbalance in access to food is most evident in the strange coexistence of both hunger and an obesity epidemic in our country and across the globe (to learn more on this imbalance, click here.
Through their work, the SF-Marin Food Bank distributes enough food for over 105,000 meals EVERY DAY. Through donations, food and fund drives, and their food rescue program, SFM Food Bank collects and distributes over 46 million pounds of food annually to our neighbors who are experiencing hunger. As we spend the November holidays gathering together around the table to feast and express our gratitude, please take a moment to remember and perhaps even to work to support those for whom Thanksgiving is not a time of feasting, but simply another day of hard choices and hunger.
For all of November we will have barrels to collect food donations of unopened canned or packaged food along with our Birthday Kirtan and Food Drive. Feel free to bring what you can.To get involved with the SF-Marin Food Bank, please click here . To make a donation (for every dollar you donate, $6 worth of food can be distributed), please click here . Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, and remember, Love Saves the Day