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A Kinesthetic "Peace Begins with You and MeTM" Technique

  

As perfectly imperfect human beings, we need to inspire ourselves and our children to make moment to moment choices in "being peace."   Creating a personal brain-body cue is like giving ourselves a self-pat on the back for reinforcement, but it is more subtle.  This approach also develops intrapersonal intelligence (http://www.howardgardner.com/books/books.html ) and emphasizes the joy of "being the changes we want in the world."  It brings each of us to a higher state of consciousness.    

   

True Example:  I was in a line at the bank, and spotted a penny on the floor next to a woman's foot. I bent down to pick up the penny, and offered it to her with a smile.  I know that this is a small action and seemingly a minor one, but the surprise and smile on that person's face was delightful!  As I stepped back in line, I contemplated that quick magical moment.  I had awareness that my small choice of action created a positive vibration. 

 

My 1 Second Brain-Body Cue:  I wanted to reinforce this good feeling.  I placed my hand on my heart for 1 second as a way of saying..."What I did and said made this other person feel good. I want to do this more.  It feels good.  This is how I can make a difference in the world.  Just small things.  Keep it going, and teach it to children too. "

 

Invent your kinesthetic brain-body cues, and teach this technique to children:  The cues created are not noticed by anyone but you, and are 1 second in duration.  Here are some examples of brain-body cues:  Gently touch heart area for one second; Place thumb and 3rd finger together in an arc; Wiggle toes in shoes; Tap middle of forehead one time.  Any cue invented is a self-reinforcement tool and is your "secret" signal for continuing to walk on the peace begins with you and me path, while inspiring children to do the same.   This approach can build self-awareness and encourage each of us to be the highest version of ourselves as much as possible.  Each time we say or do something we recognize to be kind, loving and "filling someone's bucket," (Carol McCloud www.bucketfillers101.com),we have contributed to creating a kinder and more loving world.   


                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                              Cheryl Melody
chermelody@aol.com



 

MY FAVORITE BOOK,
INSPIRING PEOPLE AND VIDEOS


VIDEO:
Intrapersonal Intelligence
Intrapersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence is one of the intelligences listed by Dr. Howard Gardner in his book, Frames of Mind.  Some children are born with this intelligence.  They are more self-aware, introspective, deep-thought human beings with an ability to empathize.  I also believe that we can cultivate this intelligence.



World Image 

 

FEATURED BOOK: 

Awakening the Giant Within by Tony Robbins  - Although this book is written for adults, there are tips in here that we can teach our children.  His work revolves around approaches to changing behavior quickly and effectively.

 

 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE: 

Inspirational People

Dr. Desmond Berghofer and Dr. Geraldine Schwartz                                                                            

Institute for Ethical Leadership                                      

 

Vancouver Learning Center     

 

Two visionaries and every day heroes that motivate us to be all we can be!  Their individual and collaborative work is awe-inspiring, and because I know their beauty as human beings within their family life as well, I see that they "walk their talk" in all areas. Discover their individual books, poetry, Ethical Leadership Workshops, the Living Legacy Organization, essays, perceptions, insights and actions!

 

. . . Dr. Desmond Berghofer, The Visioneers: "Today's world of negativity and limitation has been created by the prevailing collective unconscious. A new world tomorrow will be the outcome of a new collective unconscious, born of a new learning."    

 

YES!  from "Journeys of Second Adulthood" by Dr. Geraldine Schwartz

 

In maturity, when life's experiences
Have created the container for wiser choices
Yes is the most profound of choices

Yes to purpose and intention. . .
Yes to vigour, to excitement and spontaneity
Yes to colour, to laughter, to joy and to wonder.

Yes to being ...to growing...
To giving and getting.
Yes to life!

 

 

 



Testimonial


 

All Concerts, Keynotes and Workshops:

"Cheryl Melody,I have now seen you in group participation settings and today on stage. You were absolutely wonderful! Your performance was as sparkling and energetic as your beautiful vest!  You bring love, energy and a wonderful happy spirit into every room and stage!  Everyone, children and adults felt your positive energy! Keep singing and sharing your love! "-Vigo: Sierra and Hunter's Grandmother,Regent Theatre Concert

 



 

NEWS from CHERYL MELODY

 

Cheryl Melody's  

"Peace Begins with You and Me - We're Bully Free!" 

 

Mary Finn School

Southborough, MA 

Children Holding Hands around the World

House of Education and Peace  

 

Gardner, MA  

 

Bethany Hill, Framingham, MA 


These concerts are private.  Please email me in advance if you wish to attend.

 

 

The Musical Imagination Adventure Family Fun Concerts!

Cheryl Melody at Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA., February 19
Cheryl Melody at Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA., February 19

 

OPEN TO PUBLIC

HAVERHILL PUBLIC LIBRARY -  April 9, 11:00 a.m.

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY  -  April 14, 10:00 a.m.

LEICESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY -  April 21, 2:00 p.m. 

 




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Cheryl Melody teaches and performs at JAM TIME in Maynard, MA! 

JOY-FILLED MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND IMAGINATION CLASSES! 

 Tuesday mornings 

JAM TIME IS A PREMIER PLAY AND ENRICHMENT CENTER

86 Powder Mill Road
 Maynard, MA   



Cheryl Melody Concerts  
   
"I Can be an Everyday Hero!"   Interactive Anti-Bullying Teaching Concert (Pre-K through Grade 3)        

The entire audience becomes a part of the earth singers, rappers, storytellers and earth heroes.   Themes include anti-bullying, by-stander silence, telling an adult if the problem feels emotionally challenging, respect, inclusion, role modeling, the power of words and actions, being an everyday hero.   $500-$650*   

 

"Peace Begins with You & Me-We're Bully Free!" Teaching Concert (Pre-K through Grade 3)             

The entire audience becomes a part of the earth singers, rappers, storytellers and earth heroes.   Themes include anti-bullying, by-stander silence, telling an adult if the problem feels emotionally challenging, respect, inclusion, role modeling, the power of words and actions, being an everyday hero.   $500-$650*     

 "Peace Begins with You & Me" (Pre-K through Grade 2)  

Original & Multi-cultural songs & storytelling with character-building messages, movement, puppets, instruments, self-esteem messages and ways to create positive changes within themselves and towards each other.    $425-$500*             

 

"The Musical Imagination Adventure Family Fun Concert!"(Babies - Age 6)   

Interactive & meaningful songs, creative movement, character building & self-esteem storytelling with multi-cultural puppets and instruments.  Nurtures friendship, manners, sharing, caring and inclusion.  $400-$450*   

 

Birthdays: Music, Movement and Imagination (Babies through age 5)  

Sing, dance & imagine with Cheryl Melody, and become the star of every song and story! $225-$350*                             

 

(*Prices do not include travel.  Discounts for multiple concerts, same day, same place:  For more information, please contact Zac at zcaltaldo@gmail.com  or Cheryl Melody at chermelody@aol.com)


Cheryl Melody
B.M.Ed., M.A.

Performing Artist, Educator, Composer, Recording Artist, Parent's Choice Winner, Kidlutions Winner, Playwright, Author, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

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