Lion

The night before Mother's Day, I watched the movie "Lion".  This may be a spoiler alert if you have not seen the movie but I felt it was such a powerful movie about a mother's love and the bond between mother and child.  The story is about a young boy from India who is adopted by Australian parents but later in his life, searches for his birth mother.  There is much more to the story but that is for you to discover yourself.  What I loved about the story was the purity of showing how you do not have to birth a child to become a mother or love your child like your own.  Many of us have experienced mothers who may have not shown us love, protection or nurturing support the way we may of needed it in our life but while we were missing that in our own mothers, we found that support in another who loved us like we were their own child.  You do not have to birth a child to become a mother, that is not what defines a mother.  While I am grateful for growing and birthing my babies, what makes me a mother is the unconditional love I give my children.  Meeting their needs first, making sure they feel loved, safe, protected and nurtured in all ways.  Being a mother is making sure my children feel heard and that they matter always.  I have been blessed to have some women come into my life who have been like mothers to me and I am grateful for their love and support.  As our Mother's Day has passed, take the time to think of person who served as a mother in your life and share your love with them.  Happy Mother's Day!

Trust yourself,

Alicia

A Day Without Kids

I have not had a full day away from both my kids since my son was born two and a half years ago. Of course, there have been half days here and there but not a full day. Yesterday, I was gone from the morning until the evening attending the Integratron Sound Bath for a guided mediation. I drove with one of my good friends, who is also a mama of two little girls, and we were so excited to get away and share this time together. In the car, We laughed about how fun it was to be able to talk about anything we wanted, the freedom to use swear words when needed, to talk about love, loss and life without restricting our conversation.  When we arrived at the Sound Bath, we sat in hammocks, drinking greens juice and relaxing in the breeze with such a feeling of joy and relaxation. During the mediation, I went into a instant state of relaxation.  I mentally realized that I had no children to worry about and at the moment, I went into a deep surrender. I surrendered to the Divine and had gratitude for this special moment. I surrendered to the Divine and let go to my husband back at home, knowing that he was being a "kick butt" Papa and that I had nothing to worry about. Although, the meditation only lasted an hour, it felt freeing to let go in that moment. It is something that I am working on as a mama. The ability to be able to surrender and let go at key moments in my day has really brought harmony to myself, my husband and my children. Taking this day for myself was a lovely reminder that I need to take special time for myself more often. It can be something small like going to a yoga class or something big like a weekend retreat but whatever it is, it is key to my balance. It is key to the balance of any mother.

As we approach Mother's Day, I ask that each of you glorious and dedicated mamas take a few minutes out of your day and make a plan for yourself. Make a plan for your day without kids and put it into action. You will be better for it.

Yesterday was a wonderful day, I felt refreshed, balanced and at the end of that day, I loved coming home to my two perfect children yelling words of joy out the window as they saw me come home.

Trust yourself,

Alicia

Positivity

Intuitively, we know when we like a person or feel a connection with someone. Intuition also helps us filter out people in our lives that we feel have negative energy or people that often play the role of “the victim”. All of us have those type of people in our lives but what is the best way to deal with them and how do we keep their negative energy out of our positive space.

1. Remain Positive
For example, if someone in your family or someone you work with is a constant ball of negative energy and uses you as their punching bag or as a person to vent to, do not let them. Remind them that you are happy to listen to them in their time of need or offer support when needed but let them know that the discussion needs to be positive. If that does not work then try your best to distance yourself from the person and/or situation.

2. Meditate
Mediation is key to living a life of positivity. Even if you take five minutes a day to close your eyes and meditate while repeating your favorite mantra, it can work wonders for banishing negative energy. Sometimes, I even do it while I am washing the dishes. As a mama of two children, I try to make every moment count.

3. Pray
I do not mean you have to pray to God but just pray out loud for positive things in your life or pray for positive things for someone else. Just by putting it out into the universe, much goodness can come from that.

4. Write it down
Write it down! Journal, write a letter, write a book, whatever form of writing comes natural to you or even drawing is a wonderful release. Weather you write it or draw it, the key is to envision the positive energy in your life. Write down what that is for you or draw what that looks like for you. If you do this, good things will come.

5. Let it go
I hear this phrase everyday as my daughter sings “Let It Go” from Frozen as she acts out the role of Elsa. But that song has a great theme to it. We can never move forward in a positive direction unless we learn to “let it go”.
Leave the negativity behind.

Remember, we all deserve our life to be full of positive goodness but it takes a little work on our part as well.

Trust yourself,

Alicia

Special Mother's Day Intuitive Mothers Circle

Hi wonderful mamas and mamas to be,

I will be having a very special Mother’s Day Intuitive Mothers Circle on Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm at Pregnancy Sanctuary in Leucadia.  It will be a special night honoring all of my amazing mothers.  There will be yummy treats, fun drinks and a lovely gift bag for each of you.

Please RSVP to me at Alicia@intuitivemotherscircle.com.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Trust Yourself,

Alicia Bravo

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle

Let your intuition be your guide

I had two wonderful Intuitive Mothers Circles last week.  I am always amazed how each circle of mothers is always so unique.  Each circle is brought together for a reason and these last two IMC gatherings were so special to me because they reminded me how important it is to trust myself and that the decision to move in to my mother in laws house was inside me for a long time but I was just not ready to listen to that path.  Now that I have made that decision, everything else has become so clear and has started to fall into place.  Our intuition is so powerful but sometimes, we choose to fight it because we may not like what it is telling us to do but I have learned that once we let go and let our intuition be our guide, it truly unveils a beautiful path ahead. 

Thank you to all my amazing mothers for sharing with me this last week.  You have brought me true love and guidance.

Trust yourself,

Alicia

I love Intuitive Mothers Circle

It is the truth, I love leading my Intuitive Mothers Circles sessions.  Every circle is unique and my favorite thing is always how each circle of mothers is brought together for a reason.  The mothers that are present at IMC, always seem to reflect each other for what their needs are for that moment.  It is always beautiful to witness.  It was so nice to have last weeks IMC.  It had been awhile.  With the holidays, cold and flu season, scheduling conflicts and then my son breaking his leg, IMC kept getting rescheduled.  I was happy to be gathering with my wonderful mothers again.  The energy I feel when leading these strong and amazing mothers through circle is so empowering and provides me the energy I need to keep moving forward in my own motherhood.  Last week, I was so thrilled to have one of the mothers text me afterward that IMC provided her a safe haven to speak her feelings and for the first time, in a long time, she felt she found other mothers she could connect with and relate to.  That is why I love leading IMC.  It is my passion to empower mothers to feel like “super moms” and to trust themselves completely in their decisions they make as mothers on a daily basis. I hope to see you all at the next IMC sessions this month.

You are never alone.

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The month of February has been a very challenging month for my family and I.  As many of you know, we have been struggling financially after losing my part time job in November.  I thought it would be somewhat easy to find another part time job and was willing to accept a full time job if needed but in the world of “stay at home motherhood”, you are often over looked for job positions because you are often considered “over qualified” for the types of jobs you are applying for.  I do not want to go back to work full time because I want to remain at home with my children and my overall goal was to try and make it to March, with the hope that my previous job would resume.  With that being said, my husband and I have maxed out on our financial options and now have been trying to sell his camper van, in order to buy us some time and get us through April.  We have had many curious buyers but have yet to sell the van.  We basically have one or two more weeks for it to sell.  If that does not happen then we will have to look into ourselves to make some tough decisions. 

As all of this has been going on, I have felt very lost and alone at times in our struggles.  I believe greatly in the Divine path and believe that if I let go and ask the Divine to lead me on my path, she will.  However, my challenge has always been to let go of my worries and fears and have complete trust in the power of the Divine.  I grew up in an environment that was saturated with worry and fear and I have always struggled to let things go to faith.  I have often admired those around me who have the ability to give their worries, their doubts and fears to the Divine and trust that the Divine will protect and guide them into the right next steps.  One person I admire deeply is Jenna Gessay, the Founder of Harmony Compass.  I have always admired her ability to trust the Divine and felt empowered after reading her blog post from last week, http://harmonycompass.com/2014/02/28/february-guidance-remembering-our-connection/.  It helped me to realize that everyone struggles with letting things go to a higher power, for me that is the Divine.  Everyone likes to be in control of their lives and when things become challenging or scarey, it is easy to “freak out” and lose faith but that is the time when faith is the most important. It is the time to reach out as far as you can and as high as you can and meditate and ask the Divine for help.  I realize that is the only way to achieve peace.  Like Jenna says in her blog post, it is important to not ask the Divine the question of “why” because you may never get the answer, at least not right away but instead listen to what the Divine is telling you and trust in the path that is being presented to you. 

This is always hard to do and in the next few weeks or maybe the next few months, I may find myself making some really hard decisions but I have to trust in the Divine and believe that this is part of my journey. 

Having faith is a very intuitive thing to do.  I am intuitive in my daily life as a mother and it is time for me to pass that on to my faith in the Divine.

Trust Yourself,

Alicia Bravo

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle

I would rather be a stay at home mom

Living in San Diego can be very costly and many people may think it is crazy or impossible to do it on one income and I would have to agree with them.  My husband makes a very middle of the road salary, not quite enough to live on for a family of four with rent, a car payment, eating organically, preschool, day to day bills, diapers etc. I need to work part time to bring in extra income to make sure we can afford to live on our own.  However, I am not willing to sacrifice being a stay at home mother, so whatever job I have, I prefer it to be from home or be as little time away from home as possible.  Right now, we are in the process of selling my husband’s camper van. It is our last hope to stay in our home with the assumption that my job that was put on hold in November, will resume in March.  Looking ahead to March, it seems that all things point in a positive direction and I will be employed again but it has me reflecting on the last few months and what we have done to survive in order to keep me at home with my children.  Now I realize, many would think this is foolish to not have financial stability but I would disagree.  Before I know it, my children will be in school full time and that will allow me to go back to work if I choose to but until then, I want to make sure that the person that guides my children everyday, is me. I selfishly want that for my children and for myself. I believe it is what is best for their well being.  In order to make that happen with our current situation and while I look for work, my husband and I have dug deep and sold all the things we could think of and we have reached out to all that could support us to keep us in our home. Of course, some may say, that is silly, what if I do not get a job and we have to move anyway. To that I say, it will not happen.  We have too much faith in the Divine path and too much faith in ourselves as parents, to let that happen.  I realize not every parent has the choice to be at home with their children and I am lucky to have that choice.  But I think everyone views it in their own way.  I know many people that wish they could stay at home with their children but they are so focused on the material aspects of life that they loose site of what they really want.  I read an article awhile back that talked about the idea that so many parents both work because they want to provide whatever their children ask for, dance lessons, soccer, art lessons, clothes, toys etc.  However, when the children were asked what they wanted more, the majority answered that they wished their parents were home more or one of their parents stayed home instead of working.  It is a tough choice and right now, it is even tougher since I am not sure where we will be in the next few months but we will move forward and I will continue to look for work that fits my children’s lifestyle and what is best for them and our family.  Intuitively, that is what is best for my children.  It is important to remember that home is wherever your family is and that is what matters.

Trust yourself,

Alicia

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle

Gratitude

For the last few months, we have been struggling financially, after losing my part time job in November.  While we look out to the horizon of things to come and things that may change in our life, I am reminded everyday of gratitude.  I live a very simple life with my amazing husband and wonderful children but that does not mean that things are not a roller coaster at times.  However, the one thing that is important to have, especially in times of need is gratitude.  There are many people out there who may think my husband and I are crazy to chose not to work two full time jobs so we can have a lot of money and financial security.  At times, that does sound appealing when I think of vacations to Hawaii or getting a pedicure but then I realize the joy and value in being at home with my children.  You only have one chance to raise them so why not take the chance if you can.  I would go back to work full time if I had to but we would rather try everything else before that decision is made.  It may mean we cannot go out to dinner or to the movies but it is all in the short term.  So I am working on being grateful for these choices, showing gratitude for being at home with my children, having a part time job that allowed me to work from home, being able to put healthy food on the table, having a loving, strong husband, having a healthy and beautiful family, grateful to live by the beach, grateful for friends and family who provide support for us, having an amazing landlord who values the life we are creating in our home and my list goes on and on.  What I have learned is the importance of thanking the Divine for what I have, instead of complaining about what I do not have.  For me, that is a challenge every day but it is key to a happy life.  For the next week, try writing down in a journal what you are grateful for each day or write it down on a post it note and post it on your bathroom mirror as a daily reminder.  In time, you will see there is much more to be grateful for in your life then you realized.

I will think of you in my “gratitude” thoughts and I hope you will do the same for me.

Trust yourself,

Alicia

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle

Come follow me into 2014

So it has been a little bit of a tough start to 2014.  My family was hit pretty hard with a nasty cold/flu virus.  First my daughter got it, then it hit me and my husband at the same time (which should not be allowed by the way) then a milder case hit my son Joaquin (thanks to breastfeeding).  I think it is the sickest I have been since I had mono in high school! Being sick and trying to keep being a mother is so challenging! You want to still give everything to your children but it is hard to do because you feel like a shell of a person and all you want to do is hide in your bed until you are feeling 110%.  However, the good news is, that you do survive and the sickness does pass and then you become even more grateful for your happy and healthy family.  While I was sick, it made me realize that I need to get focused again on Intuitive Mothers Circle.  I am on a mission to empower all mothers to embrace their greatness and trust themselves.  I want to give mothers the tools to do this and I can with my wonderful Intuitive Mothers Circle.  For the New Year, I want to send out a mantra or a task everyday for my amazing mothers to think on or act on.  It will keep me focused and it will serve all you mothers well.  So make sure you are following Intuitive Mothers Circle on Facebook and Instagram so you do not miss out.  See you at IMC!

Trust your spirit within,

Alicia

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle

The Intuitiveness of Children

At my Intuitive Mothers Circles, I talk a lot about maternal intuition but lately have been reminded of the beautiful intuition that children possess.  I have a three year old daughter and a one year old son.  They are often examples of the purity of intuitive nature.  Children often make so many decisions by how they feel.  At a young age, they are so pure and unconditional and they value making decisions with their heart verses their minds.  It is a great daily reminder of why we should follow their example and do the same.  We should always trust ourselves.  Our gut feeling is the one that is pointing us in the right direction. So just remember, when you start to doubt yourself, take a moment and observe your children.  I promise you, they will remind you that your heart is smarter then your mind.

The Common Question

I love helping mothers which is the main reason I created Intuitive Mothers Circle. I wanted to help guide mothers into embracing their ability to be a supermom by using the power of their maternal intuition. The question I get asked often is “How do I know I have maternal intuition and does it come after I have my children or before?”

There is no right answer to this question except that maternal intuition is within all women. However, some women are unaware of it because they are consumed with worry and doubt their capabilities as a mother. When this happens, it clouds the ability to listen and understand the maternal intuition. Some women connect to it right after birth, some during pregnancy and some are maternal nurtures their whole life. No matter which one of these categories you fall into, it is important to embrace the idea that maternal intuition is within you. You may have to work harder then others to find it but you can gain the skills that will help you tune in to your self and your intuition. It can often take small situations at the start to help you understand your intuition and once you tap into it, it will become a natural part of how your make decisions as a mother.

One example may be that your child has an ear infection and the doctor tells you to put him on antibiotics. However your feel your child does not need antibiotics because he has no fever and seems playful and happy. Your intuition tells you that antibiotics will not help his ear infection and since he is happy, you decide to give it a week and then reconnect with the doctor. Upon taking him back to the doctor, his ear infection has cleared up and the use of antibiotics was not needed. This decision was made based on knowing your child and listening to your maternal intuition on what you thought your child needed.

These type of decisions can be very challenging especially as a new mother but it is important to always listen to yourself. You as a mother, knows what is best for your child. In this case, it was not giving antibiotics, in other cases, it may be your child needed the antibiotics etc. I have had to make both those decisions in my children’s lives. The important thing to know is that you must trust yourself as a mother. When you do this, your children’s lives will be better for doing so.

I hope to see you at my next Intuitive Mothers Circle on October 22. You will learn how to understand and listen to your intuition and here other stories from myself and other women that offer support and guidance as a mother.

Mother knows best.

See you soon,

Alicia Bravo

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle

Listen to your intuition, its calling you.

As a mother of two, I have been faced with many hard decisions when it comes to the well being of my children.  Decisions ranging from should I give my child vaccinations,  is this the best preschool for my child, does my child really need antibiotics for their ear infection, and the list goes on and on.  In today’s world, mothers are bombarded with too many resources.  We can Google any question we have about our children, which at times is very convenient but at other times, it can be a curse.  We are so saturated with email, social media, smart phones etc. that it has taught us to be more in tune with technology and less in tune with ourselves.  We as mothers have the power of maternal intuition.  If we listen to ourselves, our intuitive feelings within, we will make smart decisions for our children and create successful lives for our families and thus, we will become “supermoms”.

Please join me at my next Intuitive Mothers Circle session and learn how to listen, trust and understand your maternal intuition with the support of a community of other mothers searching for the same thing as you.

Listen to your intuition, its calling you.

Alicia Bravo

Founder, Intuitive Mothers Circle