~car to class in Marietta and classes in Atlanta
Class in Marietta was with youth and staff from Y.E.L.L.S. (Youth empowerment through leading learning and serving). ~8 students
Classes in Atlanta were outdoors at the Old Fourth Ward fields with youth from Operation PEACE and an early evening class open to anyone in the community. ~16 students and 6 students, respectively.
Each class on this trip has been situational. I'll come with different ideas, but mostly I just come with an open mind to see what people are needing most.
The next day after classes, I took the day off to rest, heal the leg, get the bike fixed, and get a massage which my aunt and uncle graciously treated me to.
I'm 'new' to massages, but my massage therapist was more vocal than I think is typical. She started with some Reiki on my leg, eventually working towards a deep tissue massage on the rest of my body, with an emphasis on the shoulders (I've developed somewhat of a forward roll from all of the biking).
When she got to my left shoulder, she exclaimed 'Oh...' It was painful, and I was tense. She said, 'You're very tense on this side. This is your feminine side. Who is the woman in your life who is challenging you? Is it you?'
Like I said, very vocal. But, she is right. I am working on being softer, in holding more compassion for myself. Ahimsa-- non harming-- is very important to me, so much so that I tattooed it to my body a couple years ago. A reminder; an aide.
Talk about the learning curve of this bicycle tour, there is a learning curve to this life.