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Resurgence

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Resurgence

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt — marvelous error!
that there was a fiery sun
here in my heart…
It was fiery because it gave warmth
as if from a hearth
and it was sun
because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.
-Antonio Machado

The definition of resurgence is to rise again, a lifting up, a coming back to life.

As I look out my window, I not only see, I also hear and feel the subtle resurgence of the life cycle beginning again. Spring, slow as rising sap, is making its graceful way through all living things, buds taking form, grass brightening, the mating dance of birds and frogs croaking in our pond.

There have been times in my life when I thought that spring, a natural resurgence, was happening in every living thing except me, that in some way I was outside the normal cycle of life, dormant, cold, and lifeless. Those times were the most painful I have ever known: the last months of my che- motherapy when I realized that soon I would be on my own without drugs to fight my cancer, my longevity in question; the darkest and most disconnected years with my husband, Kyle; and the first few years of agonized grieving after my son Matthew’s death. A part of me refused to be touched by the grace of new life and the renewal of spirit, and in my refusal I felt anguish, isolation, and anger.

Have you ever known such a time? Angry that others are flourishing while you languish, resentful that others can laugh when you feel such pain, envious of how easy it seems for others to get on with life, bitter that others have what you want and you don’t know how to create it, and certain that you will always feel this way? Often these are the times that we don’t want to recall, because the pain and suffering are so extreme.

As I refused to be nurtured by the natural cycles of healing and rebirth, holding on to my pain, I became organically aware of the deepest pain of all: denial of life and spirit, walking death. Here I was alive, but not living. How very egotistical of me to think I could control the very cycle of regeneration!

In its own time, gently, naturally, without fanfare or force, life seeped back again within me at a depth and breadth I had never known. It was as if a huge boulder had been lifted from my heart, mind, and spirit; colors were vibrant, music touched my soul, food tasted rich and luscious, and I heard the sound of my own laughter. How could such anguish lead to such joy and gratitude, such connection to life? I asked myself, “How I did I make the shift from suffering to peace?”

Instantly my answer filled me: surrender, yield, let go. In every instance of great suffering, the moment I let go of my expectations and “supposed to be’s,” my resurgence into life began. The moment I trust life, myself, and divine spirit enough to relinquish control over outside circumstances, I am free to discover my true nature. I am free to learn from events instead of fight, and I am free to experience life “now.”

As I look back, I realize now that each of these times has been the seed bed of a dynamic resurgence in my life, my life enriched, transformed by what I learned from going with the cycle of life, not fighting it.

Through my breast cancer, I realized how grateful I am for my resilience, how committed I am to live and be healthy and strong in my mind, body, and spirit.

Reconstructing my relationship with my husband, Kyle, taught me the power of unconditional love, starting with myself, and that being passionately alive is inspiring. I also learned the power of accountably and respectfully telling the whole truth, all the time.

The death of my son Matt taught me to surrender, to let go of attachments to life being a certain
way, and that thinking I can control events is a dangerous illusion. His death also taught me that there are no guarantees that I will be here for a long time, so to stop acting as if I had all the time in the world. Matt’s death taught me to be fully alive now no matter what the circumstances!

Reflections:

1. What are the times in your life when you have felt distanced from life because of difficult events or experiences?

2. How did you take care of yourself through these times?

3. What did you learn from each event?

4. How are you using that learning to live fully right now?

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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Relationships That Empower You

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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Integrity, Service and Vision

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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Hop, Skip, and a Jump!

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:
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Hop, Skip, and a Jump!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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Hop, Skip, and a Jump!

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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