Nashville, TN (PRWEB) June 29, 2005
If Anne Richardson Williams were to offer a prayer on Independence Day, she might focus on personal spiritual freedom. Specifically, that everyone feel Âthe 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.Â
The Nashville artist and author (ÂUnconventional Means,Â June 2005, Pearlsong Press) will discuss such freedom on MondayÂs ÂHealth At Every SizeÂ 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.
ÂSounds so trite, but itÂs so hard to do,Â 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. ÂImagine what it would be like to temper ourselves in a loving spiritual flame that pure.Â
The ÂHealth At Every SizeÂ 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 Âyour really big self -- the you thatÂs bigger than the physical.Â
Williams has walked her talk, as her recently published memoir attests. As a teenager shattered by family tragedy, she eventually found solace in Nevil ShuteÂs novel, ÂA Town Like Alice.Â His heroineÂs 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 Âthere is something on the other side of the terrible thingsÂ for her, too.
While reading a book about AustraliaÂs 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 Â- dreams, visions, meditation and intuition Â- 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 ÂHealth At Every SizeÂ approach to well-being can be found at http://www.healthateverysize.info. ÂUnconventional MeansÂ is available through online and offline bookstores and the Pearlsong Press Web site (http://www.pearlsong.com).
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