My Brain Gym Twin Marjie Citron. I met Marjie, soon after I moved to New York. We both learned about, studied, and became brain gym teachers around the same time. We were doing things on the same timeline without knowing each other. When we met it was like, "I think about brain gym this way." "Really? so do I. I wrote this on my flier" "wow. that's almost exactly what I wrote on mine" and so on and so forth. We have shared many "balances" or brain balancing sessions since we met, and in recent years we have increased the frequency with which we balance each other's brains to almost once a week. I am so grateful to my time with her not only because she is an awesome person, but because we can totally be ourselves with each other, and simultaneously learn and grow. Our balances together grow us, not only professionally, but personally, spiritually, emotionally, and so much more. I have had so much bodywork and energy work and brain work over the last 10 years and I have become very selective about who I entrust my being with. I can say whole heartedly that I trust my brain with her, and know that she has my best interest and growth in mind, and I do for her. It has been such a blessing.....to be able to share this continual growth process with her and to watch both of us continue to unfold and blossom. Oh, and by the way, she is funny! The best thing about our sessions is that even when we are working through things that are very tough, and laughter seems like the farthest thing from what is possible, we can find the humor in it and laugh laugh laugh while we are working. She is one of the most genuine, good-hearted, and integrated people I know. She also works with kids and it makes me happy to know that there are lucky kids (and VERY lucky teachers) out there who have her to balance their brains and love them. I am so lucky to have her in my life.
My best friend, Aurora.
If I really were to write everything I am thankful about with regards to Aurora, it would take more than 2 minutes. 2 hours at least and I'd just then be getting on a roll. I am starting this rampage of appreciation with her, because, even though my love and appreciation for her goes without saying, she did this for me, which seemingly came from left field, but blasted open my heart and made me cry--in the best way possible. If I can make her, and perhaps other people feel a fraction of the gratitude I felt in being appreciated, I want to do all I can do to it.
She's influenced me in this way, and so many other ways, I guess it's only fitting that I follow in her footsteps again.
I don't want to make Aurora cry, necessarily, and my words will fail to illustrate the depth of person she is, or the appreciation and love I have for her, but here goes! =)
Aurora came into my life when I was not really looking for a friend. I was kind of a loner and in that stage of teenage-hood where I wasn't really sure I liked people in general. But we met, and started getting to know each other and there was no pushing or forcing or trying too hard---it just kind of flowed and it was easy and I learned very quickly that she was a special person and a kindred spirit.
There are so many memories and so many good times, too many to recount here, but there are a few key memories that stand out in my mind about the kind of person Aurora is. She is someone who has challenged my limits of thinking and possibility and I feel like many of our interactions go something like this:
Mari:"Oh, no. You can't do that, that's impossible".
Aurora: (already doing it and looking back over her shoulder)
"what did you say?"
Mari: ".........um. Nothing".
She has taught me about bravery and following your gut and not compromising on what is important. She is tough and strong yet unbelievably tender and gentle and loving as well. She knows my deepest wounds and hurts, yet cradles them, respects and loves them as if they were her own. But it doesn't stop there because she challenges them to heal so they don't fester.
Talking to her makes me feel clearer in who I am, and also the ways I want to grow. I remember when she first got her wobbly cats, and she was showing me how to feed them when I was going to watch them for her. The first time I saw her gently cradle Snick's wavering noggin so that he could steady himself enough to eat better it was like something melted inside of me. That hardness that you feel sometimes when you feel like the world is against you and you have to fight for everything---that feeling melted away because she showed me that there is love and caring in the world. She is so caring and gentle and resourceful without looking for praise or acknowledgement. You just do what needs to be done and that's that. Aurora is these things and so much more, and I know that all of you who have interacted with her know in your own way her brilliance and bravery.
We started a list of "First's" when we were in high school. I believe "tattoos" and "world domination" are still in progress, but we have scratched off many amazing experiences and I look forward to creating and crossing off many more.
Changing the brain is the new frontier to changing your life. I am not only the practitioner but also a continual client. My own brain as well as those who entrust me with their brains, never ceases to amaze me in its capacity to change, re-learn, and create!