In A Piece of Peace, Sweta Vikram takes us along her journey from chronic illness to healing through mindfulness and Ayurveda practices. From the first journal entry--“Last morning, I didn’t think I would make it”--Sweta pulls the reader in immediately. She shares her unfiltered experience of near-death and the months following ending up in the emergency room, and how she journeyed back to wellness. Interwoven are stories of resilience, well-being, and advice for creatives in a time of the Coronavirus.
While this is a personal account of chronic illness and recovery, the theme of mind/body/spirit connection, or lack thereof, is something that resonates with everyone. How often have we been tired for no obvious reason? Or ignored signs of burnout because we believe that we can (and must) “do it all”? Sweta is not afraid to tackle these emotions that are all-too-often hidden or ignored. However, A Piece of Peace shows us how not paying attention to these signals can have dangerous consequences.
“It’s uncomfortable to sit with discomfort, or to familiarize yourself with your own darkness and tribulations. But numbing your pain, people pleasing, and ignoring your voice is what probably got you here in the first place.”
— Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Sweta’s writing is tender and compassionate, while also conveying the strength and power we have to change our circumstances. Even in the depths of our pain, we can find ways to survive. Writing, for Sweta, was one of those ways.
The chapters on writing, creativity, and wellness are essential for anyone who has struggled to find balance in life while pursuing a passion. Writing can be a lonely path, but as with any creative pursuit, we must ensure we’re filling our tanks in every aspect in order to pour our whole selves into our work. As Sweta says, we often perceive creatives as whiskey-drinkers, writing alone in misery in the late hours of the night, but she explains that it’s only by taking care of our mental and physical health and surrounding ourselves with people who lift us up that we will be our best selves creatively. As someone who’s dabbled in both approaches, I tend to agree.
In A Piece of Peace, Sweta provides practical, simple tools we can use to replenish our bodies and souls during the Coronavirus pandemic and after. This ranges from the food we put into our mouths to the words we speak. What I found most helpful about the book was how Sweta took something that can be daunting and broke it down into easy-to-follow steps. If the idea of self-care seems impossible right now, this is the perfect remedy to bring yourself back onto the path of healing or to ease the transition as we come out of lockdowns.
A Piece of Peace gives us tools we can take beyond the pandemic and into our everyday lives. Mindfulness, meditation, Ayurveda, yoga, gratitude, self-care, and of course, keeping our creativity alive, are all ways we can take care of our mental and physical well-being. As Sweta says, “human beings are resilient,” and we are capable of so much more than we realize. This book gives us a beautifully vulnerable and honest account of how to not only survive in this world, but thrive, and step into our most powerful selves. Most importantly, we don’t have to wait until we’re rushed to the emergency room to begin healing.
You can purchase a copy of A Piece of Peace here
Naomi Boshari writes creative non-fiction, short stories, and spoken word poetry about love, loneliness, and the things that keep us living life on the surface. She worked as an editor for an online magazine and is now pursuing a master’s in Creative and Critical Writing. Naomi is Toronto-born and raised, but has lived in Ireland, and now the UK, and her writing often explores the meaning of home. You can connect with her on Instagram @naomiboshari
Sweta Srivastava Vikram is an international speaker, best-selling author of 12 books, and Ayurveda and mindset coach who is committed to helping people thrive on their own terms. Her latest book, “A Piece of Peace,” (Modern History Press) comes out on September 21, 2021. As a trusted source on health and wellness, most recently appearing on NBC and Radio Lifeforce and in a documentary with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Sweta has dedicated her career to writing about and teaching a more holistic approach to creativity, productivity, health, and nutrition. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and other publications across nine countries on three continents. Sweta is a trained yogi and certified Ayurveda health coach, is on the board of Fly Female Founders, and holds a Master’s in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. Voted as “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times” and winner of the “Voices of the Year” award (past recipients have been Chelsea Clinton), she lives in New York City with her husband and works with clients across the globe. She also teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as well incarcerated men and women. Find her on: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
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