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I am amazed how we can intentionally connect through the web. My hope is the podcasts, videos and other offerings on my blog will strengthen the connection between us and support you to have more of what you want.

Sharing chapters from my book, My Heart Has Wings is something I enjoy so much. You can download the podcasts in chapter order, or browse through the titles to find the perfect topic to support you right now. You can also order an autographed copy of my book at www.myhearthaswings.com.

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With love and gratitude,
Kris King

Integrity, Service and Vision

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being
can alter his life
by altering his attitudes of mind.
-William James

“What makes Wings Seminars any different than all the other seminar companies? Why should I choose Wings?”

These are questions we often hear from people who have heard about the Personal Effectiveness Seminar and our training series over the twenty-plus years we have been in business. The people asking want more meaning and fulfillment in their lives and are curious about what we do and how we do it.

Provocative questions and rather ironic! Especially when one of the things we assist people to let go of in their lives is comparison! Rather than evaluating other companies and comparing ourselves to them, we choose to be very clear about who we are and what we specifically offer. From that foundation of information, we encourage each person to make a conscious choice, the best decision for them.

Dr. John Grinder, the co-founder of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a dynamic teacher, was interviewed in July 1996 by Chris and Jules Collingwood of Inspiritive regarding teaching lasting life skills. He was asked, “What background skills and knowledge would you like to expect working NLP trainers to possess?” What follows is his response.

(In parentheses you will see the meaning I make of some NLP terms.)

He responded, “Personal congruity (integrity), sparkling intelligence, a deep, bottomless curiosity, a driving desire to discover new patterning, a phobic class response to repeating themselves (deep commitment to creating new insight and healthy behaviors), a continuous scanning for evidence that they are mistaken in every aspect of their personal and professional beliefs (thinking outside the box, open learners exploring life), solid personal ethics, physical fitness, actual real world experience in any field in which they intend to present NLP and an excellent sense of humor.”

I think this is a powerful description of a masterful teacher and person. Each of our facilitators and staff members embody the qualities of which John Grinder spoke. I am honored to work with such talented and committed people!

What’s equally important to me is that the company embodies these same qualities, that our vision is alive through each individual who works here. Wings’ vision is to inspire and support positive change, creating an abundant, loving, and respectful world community. We practice corporate congruity, integrity, service, open learning, curiosity, commitment to excellence, and compassion. We practice what we teach.

Are we perfect? Do we always hit the mark? No, we are human and make mistakes just like everyone does. Yet our goal is to learn from our mistakes. We are committed learners who seek the highest good for all in each situation. Win-win is not just a concept for us, it is an ongoing practice.

Why am I telling you this? Because I believe you deserve the best, and what we offer is unique in its entirety. When you come to Wings Seminars or send someone, you will get the best we can create from the moment Claudia answers the phone, to the moment your seminar begins, to the moment you complete each seminar, and as long as you want to grow with us!

Do you have a clear vision of the life you want to live? Do you know your most compelling values? Do you know the legacy you want to leave behind? A meaningful life, one that is fulfilling for you every day, not just sometimes, is based in you knowing the answers to these questions and having the disciple to show up every day and live your answers.

Come learn powerful tools that will assist you to make healthy choices and decisions, that will keep your life focused, meaningful, and fabulous!

Reflections:

1. What does integrity or congruity mean to you?

2. What are six of your greatest strengths? How do you demonstrate them?

3. What is the impact of your greatest strengths?

4. What is your vision for your life?

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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25 Women Changing The World

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I was just featured in Conversations Magazine’s “25 Women Changing The World”! You can read the full article here:
http://conversationsmodelcitizens.blogspot.com/2014/03/conversations-magazine-feature-kris-king.html

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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Hop, Skip, and a Jump!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
-Danny Kaye

Even though there has been snow on the ground for the past few weeks, a true delight for me, something inside of me is whispering, “Spring!” Are there many clues that spring is on its way? Definitely not—not in this cold and slush. And yet, as I look at the stars, crystal clear in the night air, and I watch the stately magnolia out my window, I anticipate that spring is on its way.

Do you remember the anticipation you felt as a child before something “new” happened? Something that you had never experienced before, or maybe something that you knew you loved and it only happened once in a great while? Your anticipation, a delightful pressure building up inside, knowing that in a little while you would be a part of something beyond your knowing…wondrous. Perhaps it was like waiting for the beautiful curtain at our Hult Performing Arts Center to slowly open, revealing the magic and mystery of music and motion. Exquisite agony!

Do you remember when life was as easy as a hop, a skip, and a jump? When jumping right in the center of a puddle was the way to go, instead of carefully walking around it? Back when the secrets you had with your best friends were the essence of camaraderie and trust? Can you remember when you believed your world was a magical, mysterious place to explore and investigate with awe and delight? Has that curious delight and anticipation been missing from your life for a while? It is amazing that over the years we seem to learn to back away from so much of what life has to offer. I know we have what we think at the time are “good reasons” for becoming very cautious. Isn’t one of the mantras we hear our parents say in childhood, “Be careful!”?

We are taught that the world is unsafe or uncomfortable, and we have experiences that validate those beliefs. They become very real in our own experience. We start to spend our time figuring out how to avoid the pain and how to be comfortable. That’s all well and good at the time; it kept us safe and out of trouble. The sad part is that as we grow and increase our ability to be resourceful in the world, we still operate as if we didn’t have those resources and we keep being more careful than we need to be. We grow up thinking that is how “life” has to be, painting ourselves slowly into a drab corner, avoiding the pain.

Something I am realizing right now is how much pain we create for ourselves by avoiding the pain! I have stopped myself so many times in my life saying no to an action that just might, possibly, could, or perhaps sometime would under certain circumstances, hurt me. Sounds like a certain ticket to isolation and boredom!

Maybe it’s time for us to look to the children so we can remember ourselves. Are you ready for something new in your life? Something like more fun and excitement, more meaning and inspiration? Could it be that it is as easy as “a hop, a skip, and a jump,” right into the middle of…?

EXCITEMENT
Excitement is red.
It tastes like fresh baked cookies.
It sounds like people talking,
And it sounds like a forest.
Excitement looks like when somebody gets
an “A” on their paper.
It makes me feel like I’m ready for something.
—Christine Shevlin
Orchard Hill Elementary

Reflections:

1. Remember the anticipation you felt as a child before something “new” and good happened? Something that you had never experienced before, or maybe something that you knew you loved and it only happened once in a great while, like going to the circus? How would you describe this feeling of anticipation?

2. What were the events you looked forward to most as a kid? Were you alone or with others?

3. What do you want to look forward to now that will fill you with delicious an- ticipation? Go for it!

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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Discover Bhutan 2014

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

I am delighted to let you know that the Bhutan 2014 trip is a GO! And even more good news…there are still spaces available.

The sooner you sign up the better as it will be first come first serve. The closing date of the trip is now April 15th…please don’t wait until then to sign up because I anticipate it will be full soon.

This is a journey of heart, spiritual renewal and expansion, visual delight, camaraderie, laughter and so much more.

If you have been thinking about it and not signed up yet…dream big and take the leap. You will be so happy you did.

With love and gratitude,
Kris

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Love… The Investment That Creates Great Returns: Happiness, Meaning, Abundance and So Much More.

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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Very often we think of love as a “happening” rather than an a conscious choice which I call an investment. Which way do you think? If you think it is a happening, I want to assist you in opening to another perspective. I also think we have a very narrow definition of love that is the foundation of the “happening” belief.

Roman Krznaric wrote a great article, “The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)” based on his new book, How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life from which I am quoting. This opened my eyes and expresses the full realm of love. See what you think.

Here we go:
1.  Eros, or sexual passion…”named after the Greek god of fertility, represented the idea of sexual passion and desire. But the Greeks didn’t always think of it as something positive, as we tend to do today. In fact, eros was viewed as a dangerous, fiery, and irrational form of love that could take hold of you and possess you.”

2. Philia, or deep friendship…“the Greeks valued far more than the base sexuality of eros. Philia concerned the deep comradely friendship that developed between brothers in arms who had fought side by side on the battlefield. It was about showing loyalty to your friends, sacrificing for them, as well as sharing your emotions with them. (Another kind of philia, sometimes called storge, embodied the love between parents and their children.)”

3. Ludus, or playful love… “the affection between children or young lovers. We’ve all had a taste of it in the flirting and teasing in the early stages of a relationship. But we also live out our ludus when we sit around in a bar bantering and laughing with friends, or when we go out dancing.”

4. Agape, or love for everyone…“selfless love…a love that you extended to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. Agape was later translated into Latin as caritas, which is the origin of our word “charity.” C.S. Lewis referred to it as “gift love,” the highest form of Christian love. But it also appears in other religious traditions, such as the idea of mettā or “universal loving kindness” in Theravāda Buddhism.

5. Pragma, or longstanding love… “mature love known as pragma. This was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples. Pragma was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance. The psychoanalyst Erich Fromm said that we expend too much energy on “falling in love” and need to learn more how to “stand in love.” Pragma is precisely about standing in love—making an effort to give love rather than just receive it.

6. Philautia, or love of the self… “there were two types. One was an unhealthy variety associated with narcissism, where you became self-obsessed and focused on personal fame and fortune. A healthier version enhanced your wider capacity to love. The idea was that if you like yourself and feel secure in yourself, you will have plenty of love to give others (as is reflected in the Buddhist-inspired concept of “self-compassion”). Or, as Aristotle put it, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.”

When we think love is something that strikes us, fall into, or happens to us, we look to others to fill us up. We lose sight of our ability to create a full cup of love whenever we want by extending it in all directions including to ourselves.

Imagine yourself as a love investor…being a loving person doing what you love, sharing that love with others and yourself, knowing there is always more to share because it starts with you. Sounds like a life filled with happiness, meaning, abundance and so much more.

I am concluding with a video of Arrianna Huffington’s commencement speech at Smith College where she talks about the Third Metric which broadens the definition of success from power and money to include well being, service and love. A great speech with lots of humor and wisdom.

One of my favorite life commitments is...I initiate love now! Want to join me?

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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