Soul Food with Pia Richardson: Opening up my column to the community for advice, debate, questions
It’s been a few weeks since I last sat down and wrote and I’d really like to share what it is that I’ve been working through.
The whole purpose of this column from the very beginning was to help shine some light on what it means to live a life where we thrive instead of just survive, where we are mentally healthy as individuals and as a community, and I think I’ve done that well.
I’ve tried to address some of the competing demands the average person faces, such as trying to find balance, or getting stuck in busyness, or going through times that seem a little harder than others.
One thing I didn’t expect is that it would help me. As I write, I take time to sit down and process what’s been coming up lately or I’ll find not long after I’ve written a piece, I am faced with the opportunity to do exactly the thing I have advocated for.
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I find myself sharing more boldly, more openly, in the hopes that my words will reach people in a way that is heartfelt and genuine — offering solidarity in our human experience and sometimes challenging what I perceive to be outdated systems.
I find that writing these columns is actually so fulfilling and rewarding for me and what I’d like to do going forward is create a space where the community gets some input into what I write.
I want to invite you to ask questions, offer topics or simply start a conversation around something that you believe to need highlighting in our community — because that is what I am trying to do.
I’m trying to open up conversations — I never expect to push my views or beliefs on to anyone, but when we’re having an open dialogue about the issues that affect our community we are one step closer to creating change.
When one person asks for advice you can almost guarantee there are others out there in the community experiencing that very same problem.
I miss the days where the local paper went to the streets and asked what people thought or people wrote to the local agony aunt and I’d love to see it revived.
I’m not a counsellor or a psychologist but I’ve been practising in my profession of life coaching and hypnotherapy for a number of years now, and one thing I’ve come to realise during that journey — after several hundred client sessions and numerous group workshops and hundreds of hours of study is that I have a unique ability to often get straight to the core of what is behind a challenging behaviour or belief system.
So I’d love to hear what you have to say — write your questions or suggestions and maybe we can create something really cool together.
If you have a question, suggestion or want to seek advice from Pia, email email@example.com — you can remain anonymous.
Pia Richardson is the co-owner of Railway Health Hub, managing director of Crossroads Life, and runs Soul Food Cafe.
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