Living With Intent by Mallika Chopra

Book Review: Living with Intent By Mallika Chopra

Harmony Books

The subtitle of Mallika Chopra’s third book, Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy, identifies the sometimes rocky path we all walk finding our purpose, peace, and joy.

You might think that Mallika’s famous last name (her father is Deepak Chopra) would fast-track her to the meditation and eternal balance finish line.  Her book affirms that there is no shortcut.  We all have to do the work, set intentions, learn the lessons, and then follow through.

On Mallika’s journey, she founded a website (soon an app) called Intent, bringing together a social network of positivity, allowing people to share their intentions, and affirm the intentions of others.  She uses intent, literally, to frame the book, with the chapters Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action, and concluding with Living with Intent.

Mallika includes intimate moments: reflecting on a childhood meditating with Transcendental Meditation master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, balancing family life raising two children in LA with her husband, and recognizing the small tokens of love, the ability to nourish oneself, and the power of intent.  With the personal stories, Mallika intersperses and interviews with notables including Eckhart Tolle, Arianna Huffington, and Marianne Williamson.  Each chapter offers practices to incorporate the lessons.  Throughout, her engaging voice offers relatable inspiration as though the two of you are chatting over tea – with intent.