Imagine coming of age as part of a wellness dynasty. Mallika Chopra\u2019s family is medical royalty in India: Her grandfather was a well-known doctor whose patients would travel for days to be treated by him. Her father is one of the most well-known transformational writers and speakers on the planet. What a legacy to live up to. And what great work she\u2019s done living up to it. Deepak Chopra\u2019s daughter, already a published author, has written her first self-help book, Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy. Mallika Chopra chronicles her journey from childhood to motherhood. She grew up in a home visited by social, political and spiritual notables. As an adult, she\u2019s worn many hats: wife, businesswoman, author, speaker, and the mother of two daughters. She\u2019s candid about the Chopra household\u2019s struggles. Early in his career, her father\u2019s drinking, smoking and stress levels were high enough that her mother had planned to leave. That was when Deepak decided to turn his life around by learning transcendental meditation. Seeing how successful it was for himself, he brought his wife to a local center. Soon they were teaching Mallika and her brother, Gotham, to practice meditation.\r\nExercises in Intent\r\nMallika describes another family ritual that she says has served her well, eventually blossoming into her new book. The Chopras would read this piece, which comes from a spiritual text called A Course in Miracles: \u201cI am responsible for what I see. And set the goals I will achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked.\u201d* (*This text encourages mindfulness and choice, but isn\u2019t meant to justify abuse or trauma.) She describes another tool to develop intent: Three questions that set the tone for the next 24 hours and create a daily inner dialog. These can also be written in a journal: \u201cWho am I?\u201d \u201cWhat do I want?\u201d \u201cHow can I serve?\u201d Mallika defines intents as \u201cexpressions of who we aspire to be as individuals-physically, emotionally, spiritually, as members of our families and communities and even as citizens of Mother Earth.\u201d She also calls them \u201ca way of defining what we want and asking the Universe or God for help.\u201d The book is a lovely collection of stories and exercises. She begins with the acronym \u201cINTENT\u201d to spell out an action plan:\r\n\r\n \tIncubate\r\n \tNotice\r\n \tTrust\r\n \tExpress\r\n \tNurture\r\n \tTake Action\r\n\r\nTeaching What She Practices\r\nThe book depicts Mallika as a normal woman who faces the same demands as any \u201chyphenate,\u201d or mother-wife-professional. She hustles to meet all of her responsibilities and she faces self-doubt. She said she often asks herself before speaking, \u201cWho are you to talk about intention when you\u2019re not living yours?\u201d These feelings of inauthenticity led her to a healing retreat, the yoga mat \u2014 and an awareness of how powerfully she\u2019s addicted to sugar. She describes turning to a book written by her father called What Are You Hungry For? She randomly opened to a page that advised her to trust and listen to her body\u2019s messages before reaching for her \u201cdrug of choice.\u201d Mallika winds back the clock, as she does throughout the book, weaving past and present. She recognized the origin of her compulsion: She began conflating love and sweets when her grandmother offered her chocolate cake and milkshakes. To reset, she suggests an exercise called \u201cWays to Find Fulfillment without Food.\u201d Another recommendation is mindful eating, during which she savors a meal by seeing, smelling and slowly tasting it, as well as expressing gratitude for those who grew the food rather than mechanically and rapidly devouring it. Mallika also highlights the power of intent by sharing the story of her paternal grandmother\u2019s desire to meet Jawaharlal Nehru, at the time the newly elected prime minister of India. Other family members were skeptical, but Mallika\u2019s ever-certain grandmother found her wish manifesting.\r\nTools to Practice What She Teaches\r\nChopra\u2019s website, Intent.com, provides a safe place online for people to declare intentions and connect with a supportive community to help see them through. Reinforcing exercises in the book include creating \u201cmicrointents\u201d \u2014 baby steps as practice to help the reader understand that even grander outcomes are possible. She also shares the importance of creating goals that meet criteria to spell out the acronym \u201cSMART\u201d:\r\n\r\n \tSpecific\r\n \tMeasurable\r\n \tAttainable\r\n \tRealistic\r\n \tTimely\r\n\r\nAnother functional tool is a mind map that allows the reader to draw out what makes them happy. At the back of the book are the templates and journal pages that create space for writing daily intents. Finally, an afterword written by her father, Deepak Chopra, MD, provides step-by-step ideas for putting Mallika\u2019s ideas into practice. As the book\u2019s subtitle indicates, Chopra doesn\u2019t tie everything up into a tidy package. Instead she acknowledges that she is and we are works in progress \u2014 and that the journey continues with love as its companion.