About Mallika Chopra
Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, and published author. She is the founder of Intent.com, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Her books, “100 Promises To My Baby” and “100 Questions From My Child” have been translated and sold in dozens of countries worldwide. Her varied background includes launching the Heal The World Foundation in the 1990’s with Michael Jackson, being part of the initial team to re-launch MTV in India, and serving as a Health Ambassador for the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project in the US – an initiative that gave millions of dollars to individuals, non-profits and companies to for projects in their communities. Mallika is also the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel, she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, The California Women’s Conference, The Prevention R3 Conference, and many more. Mallika has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and MBA from Kellogg Business School. Mallika’s new book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy” will be released in April 2015.
“I’m trying to meditate one day but urgent thoughts keep intruding. Don’t forget to take cupcakes to school! I have to prepare for my presentation for the wellness conference! Is that lunch with the other moms tomorrow or next week? My to-do list is stampeding through my mind, trampling any chance of tranquility. I feel overwhelmed, yes, but there’s more: I feel…guilty. Guilty that I’m taking on too much, guilty that I’m not doing anything well, guilty that I’m giving short shrift to my kids, my husband, my job. And what about you, Mallika? a quiet voice asks. How are you shortchanging yourself?”
Living with Intent is a chronicle of Mallika Chopra’s search to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She hopes that by telling her story, she can inspire others with her own successes (and failures) as well as share some of the wisdom she has gathered from friends, experts, and family along the way— people like her dad, Deepak, as well as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Weil, and Dan Siegel. She also provides a practical road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Each chapter is devoted to one step on her journey and another piece of her INTENT action plan: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action. Chopra’s insights and advice will help us all come closer to fully living the lives we truly intend.
I really loved reading Living with Intent. Mallika has a wonderful way of showing us the value of living a purposeful life. Mallika has a way of describing why intent is so important in your daily life. You can get caught up in so many issues being a mother, wife, sister, friend, and wearing various hats during the day. She points out the importance of asking the thought provoking questions and finding the answers to your inner self. I think this is an important book for parents who feel too busy with daily life, to take time out for balance, peace, and joy. Mallika is a very busy mom who has the same struggles and insecurities like the rest of the moms in the world. I could really relate to her struggles with spirituality, balance, and finding her true steps of intent. Mallika discusses the importance of balance and taking time out for yourself as a busy mother without the feeling of guilt. She describes one of her experiences after attending a yoga class it occurred to her that “finding balance in my physical being is an apt metaphor, maybe even practice for finding balance in my everyday life.” Balance by definition is always a dicey prospect-difficult to maintain easy to lose. I could really relate to that profound statement as a busy mother of two, wife, friend, mommy blogger, author,entrepreneur, balance is difficult to maintain daily for any parent.
Also, I could relate to her view on change, “Change doesn’t happen when we feel confident, strong, and rooted.” “The blessing of uncertainty is that it gives us the nudge we need to dig deep-to incubate and reflect on what we want and the courage to carve out a different path.” I appreciate her honesty, compassion, and leading the reader through her journey, with funny and relatable issues that all mothers can truly understand and her chaotic, messy, truthful life. I feel this way when I take time out to pray to the heavenly father for the things that I desire for myself, children, family, and friends. I feel that my incubation period takes place early morning before the children wake up for school. I start my morning with morning prayer, affirmations, and devotions. When I am able to start my day with these simple practices, it helps to give me strength to continue on for a wonderful, and productive day. This book is not one to be missed. I highly recommend this book for those that truly want to live life to the fullest without any regrets.”I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”