Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Relatable Book About Intention that Recognizes a Parent's Busy-ness

Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy

by Mallika Chopra

In this book Mallika Chopra — daughter of Deepak Chopra — explores the topic of intention, specifically how she set out to live an intention-filled life as a self-proclaimed soccer mom.

I really enjoyed this book because it showed that it can be difficult for anyone (even Deepak Chopra’s daughter) to live mindfully, and that it takes practice. The author understands that meditation and other mindfulness practices are worthwhile, and also understands that they may not seem fun and that finding time can be challenging, especially for busy moms. This perspective was refreshing.

As an example, early on in the book, she asks herself how she can serve and her answer is “Right now, as a mom. Beyond that, I don’t really know.” I get that. Sometimes all we have energy for are the things we are closest to. She also wrinkles her nose about physical activity as she reluctantly participates in yoga classes and even attempts an intense health retreat with friends. It is moments like these that make the book relatable.

Chopra provides a clear look at where her habits start and how they transform. She talks about what she thinks and how she feels before, during, and after various endeavors. These insights give the reader an opportunity to recognize “it’s not just me who struggles with these things.”

This book doesn’t dictate a “one way” of doing things. It acknowledges that any effort to be mindful, is going to be just that — an effort — and that is okay.

At the end of each chapter, she includes some exercises to help the reader get started in living more mindfully. These are presented in a friendly “things to try” demeanor, as opposed to assignments to be checked off. At the end of the book, she provides some notes pages and a couple of worksheet ideas.

Living with Intent is a worthwhile read, especially for parents who want to infuse more intention into their days rather than letting them zip by on autopilot.

I received this book for free. Please see my book review disclaimer.

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