Nashville Author Will Discuss Personal Spiritual Freedom on Independence Day

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Developing inner awareness and personal guidance are on the agenda when Anne Richardson Williams guests on the Fourth of July segment of the "Health At Every Size" show on Radio Free Nashville.

If Anne Richardson Williams were to offer a prayer on Independence Day, she might focus on personal spiritual freedom. Specifically, that everyone feel “the true freedom to love ourselves as we would want to be loved, accept ourselves as we would want to be accepted, forgive ourselves as we would want to be forgiven.”

The Nashville artist and author (“Unconventional Means,” June 2005, Pearlsong Press) will discuss such freedom on Monday’s “Health At Every Size” show on Radio Free Nashville. The half-hour show will air at 10:30 a.m. on the low-power fm community radio station WRFN 98.9 in Pasquo, Tenn. (a suburb of Nashville). The show is also streamed live over the Internet at http://www.radiofreenashville.org.

“Sounds so trite, but it’s so hard to do,” Williams says of the process of freeing oneself from shame, fear, and self-criticism that can cripple well-being and interfere with personal connections to the divine. “Imagine what it would be like to temper ourselves in a loving spiritual flame that pure.”

The “Health At Every Size” show, hosted by clinical and consulting psychologist Peggy Elam, Ph.D., presents a holistic, non-weight-loss approach to health and well-being that celebrates natural diversity in body size. During the Fourth of July show, Dr. Elam will discuss with Williams ways listeners can increase awareness and appreciation of what Dr. Elam calls “your really big self -- the you that’s bigger than the physical.”

Williams has walked her talk, as her recently published memoir attests. As a teenager shattered by family tragedy, she eventually found solace in Nevil Shute’s novel, “A Town Like Alice.” His heroine’s passage through the tribulations of war to find love and a new home modeled after the town of Alice Springs, Australia, gave teenage Anne hope that “there is something on the other side of the terrible things” for her, too.

While reading a book about Australia’s Aboriginal people decades later, a photograph of Aboriginal elder Lorraine Mafi-Williams mesmerized middle-aged Anne. She felt an immediate kinship, even though others found it ridiculous that an upper-middle-class Southern white woman and an Aboriginal elder could share more than a common last name.

When Williams finally set out for Australia, she added to her desire to see Alice Springs the dream of also meeting Lorraine. But with no address, no phone number, no conventional way to get in touch with an Aboriginal woman, Williams had to rely on unconventional means –- dreams, visions, meditation and intuition –- to guide her halfway across the world to find the woman whose ancient stories would help heal her.

Information on the show and on the “Health At Every Size” approach to well-being can be found at http://www.healthateverysize.info. “Unconventional Means” is available through online and offline bookstores and the Pearlsong Press Web site (http://www.pearlsong.com).

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