When Mallika Chopra was nine years old, her father asked her the same question every day. “What is your intent for the day?” At first, she thought intentions were like wishes, and she’d ask for Boston Celtics tickets or a trip to Hawaii.
“My father would say ‘But what about asking for love, connection, inspiration, knowledge?'” she says. Little by little, she did, and after a lucrative career in media, Chopra is following in the footsteps of her spectacularly famous spiritual-guide father, Deepak.
In September, she relaunched her website, Intent.com, to allow users to set intentions, reaffirm them on a daily basis, and support those set by others. “I just hope it can continue to grow as a platform to connect people around shared dreams,” she says. And if that weren’t enough, she’s also imparting spiritual parenting advice on the new web show “Perfectly Imperfect Parents” on The Chopra Well.
The Chopras at Home
Chopra insists that while her name implies she may have napped on a Zabuton as an infant, her family was a “normal immigrant family” living an uninspiring life in Boston. “My parents moved here when they were quite young and had me when they were young, and my dad was working 24-7 as a doctor. He was stressed out, smoked a lot, drank a lot, and we never saw him,” she says.
That all changed when her parents discovered meditation and taught the practice to her and her brother. “It was the most dramatic change,” she remembers. Deepak was suddenly around more; the whole family was happier and more connected. They began the daily practice of setting intentions.
Spirituality in Parenting
While meditation and intention-setting was something Chopra always carried with her, she didn’t consider herself a spiritual person until she became pregnant with her first daughter. “When you’re expecting, you start thinking about ‘Who am I? Where do I come from?'” she explains. “And then in becoming a mom, I’m always thinking about the values I want to pass on to my kids.” Her daughters are now 11 and 8, and, yes, they know how to meditate, although they don’t necessarily get to it every day, she admits.
Inspired by her new awakening, Chopra started Intent.com as a hobby, as a place where she could share inspiring stories and tips for leading a spiritual, happy life. It gained traction quickly, and she decided to transition it into more of a community where individuals from all over the world could share the intentions they had for their lives.
As Intent.com grows, Chopra’s focus is using her own unique journey to inspire those of others. “My primary intent is to be a good mom, and that’s a global aspiration, because it’s something women all over the world can relate to,” she says. Even if they can’t relate to having Grandpa Deepak on speed dial. —Lisa Elaine Held
For more information, visit Intent.com