In the beginning of our lives, we learn many things to grow into capable adults who are successful in their careers and their social lives. We're very busy with this kind of self-development. But what happens when our careers have ended and our children have left home? On what should we base the last years of our lives? How should we develop ourselves?
I think self-development doesn't end when we reach a particular age. If we give our lives a purpose and meaning, self-development becomes an important part of life regardless of our age. I think the grander purpose or goal we should all strive for in our development is completion. By completion, I'm referring to the completion of our lives and of our soul's wishes. It is heartfelt satisfaction and fulfillment in the final moments of our lives, when we know that we have realized our highest values and we feel that we can leave this life in peace without regret.
When I've asked people what their wishes were, I've been given many answers. If you take a step back and look at all of them, you’ll notice the commonalities of wanting the feeling of loving and being loved, of their lives being precious and valuable, of living freely and independently, and of contributing to something larger than themselves. While the first half of our lives necessarily needs to be focused on material success, I think the second half can be devoted to these less tangible, more precious values.
How can we make these values manifest and achieve completion? Another word for completion is wholeness; it's becoming whole. People are always seeking wholeness, actually. They may look for it by connecting with other people and having a sense of belonging, or they may become well-rounded intellectually through education. While these are important, the wholeness I am speaking of comes from connecting to the divine, the Source of the cosmos, and feeling unity with it. From this connection, we feel unconditional love and value, and we want to share that with others. So to complete our lives, we need to develop habits that allow us to establish, maintain, and strengthen that connection. Then we need to be of service to others and make choices that benefit the whole in addition to ourselves—what in Korean is called Hongik.
This process, depending on our starting point, can involve a complete transformation, like that of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. We need to change everything on the inside to the deepest part, as well as changing everything on the outside, so that it is in alignment with our highest values and life purpose.
The Brain Education methods I’ve developed and teach are designed to tap into that deepest part of ourselves and then connect to cosmic energy and cosmic consciousness. They can easily be shared with others to benefit them and help them transform their lives. Three simple exercises for completion that I write about in detail in my new book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, are Longevity Walking, Belly Button Healing, and One-Minute Exercise. These exercises bring connection and completion into our ordinary, daily lives. They make self-development and growth a habit and give us a constitution that allows us to do the things that give us the most joy and satisfaction.
Continuous self-development and living with purpose can be a part of our lives at any age, but when we reach our later years, we have more time and attention to devote to them. That’s why I believe the second half of our lives, the last sixty if you live to 120, is our chance to ensure we complete our lives with satisfaction and joy.
I write more about how to live a complete and whole life and what that means for our current times in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.
Have you seen Ilchi Lee’s new book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation? The book’s publisher and his education website, ChangeYourEnergy.com, will be hosting a social media contest based on the book from November 13 - December 4, 2017. They invite all those inspired by the book’s message of living a long, happy, and complete life with purpose to enter by posting a selfie with the book on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #Live120YearsSelfie and text completing the sentence, “I want to live a long and happy life because . . . .”
Four people will be awarded the companion online course to the book, Create Your Life & Longevity Plan on ChangeYourEnergy.com, plus a $50 Amazon Gift Card. One winner will be chosen for each of four categories: Most Creative, Most Inspirational, Most Funny, and Most Likes. The first three will be judged by the publisher’s staff, while the Most Likes winner will be chosen by social media users.
All entries will be gathered in a gallery on the Best Life Media Facebook page. Winners will also be announced there and notified by direct message on the social media site they entered on by December 8, 2017.
To learn more about this revolutionary new book, find links to your favorite online bookseller, and redeem bonus gifts that help you live a long and happy life, you can visit the book’s official website, Live120YearsBook.com.
Practitioners of Ilchi Kookhak Kigong from around the world gathered at City Hall in Seoul, South Korea for the 5th International Kookhak Kigong Sport Competition for All on Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd, 2017. These representatives from Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, the Middle East, and South Korea shared their love of a kigong style through which they've found health, happiness, and peace for themselves and their communities.
Approximately 12,000 people attended the event.
Ilchi Lee, the Mayor of Seoul, and various government officials gave congratulatory speeches at the opening ceremony on Saturday, preceded by dance, traditional Korean drumming performances, and kigong demonstrations.
Mayor Park also gave Ilchi Lee an award of appreciation for his contribution to the health and happiness of the people of Seoul.
The top two winning performances were given by teams from Japan, while the team from the Middle East took third place. The competition was friendly and harmonious and had a feeling of a joyful celebration and reunion.
Ilchi Lee will release his latest book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, on December 4, 2017. The book is available now for pre-order at major online booksellers like Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, the publisher’s website, and ChangeYourEnergy.com, and offline at Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi centers in the United States.
Book buyers can sign up for free bonus content on the book’s official website, Live120YearsBook.com. The seven bonuses offer you guidance on different meditations designed by Ilchi Lee, which help you live a long, vibrant, and purposeful lives:
The book has been called “A delightful guide full of inspiration and information,” “ a magnificent book,” and a “must-read” by leaders in spirituality and science who have endorsed it, including don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Christianne Northrup, Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Emeran Mayer, Michael Bernard Beckwith, and more. It combines Lee’s extensive knowledge of the ancient Korean practice of Sundo with the latest longevity research to empower you to live a long life with purpose and passion.
Ilchi Lee’s main emphasis in the book is choice. Just as in his other works, he emphasizes the importance of connecting with your true self, choosing a life purpose that makes that self happy, and taking deliberate action toward that dream. When we have such a dream, Lee says, there’s no reason to stop at seventy, eighty, or ninety years old. In the same way we choose our life purpose, we can decide how long we want to live and orient our lives toward that goal in a way that serves our ultimate purpose. When we do that, the second half of our lives becomes full of vitality and meaning. Instead of going through a period of decline, we become enlightened elders that can uniquely contribute to society and the earth.
Ideas about “old age” are changing, and I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years presents a revolutionary way of looking at this time in our lives. It provides a uplifting answers to important questions we face as the number of people over sixty years grows. This book is a perfect prescription for our time.
You can get a copy of the book and redeem the free bonuses at Live120YearsBook.com.
Today, too, the sun and moon and stars appear as a new day begins.
We are born inside of time, journey through time, and disappear into time.
It is eternal Life inside of time and space.
That's what I am. That's what life is.
Every person's value is precious.
This one day that I've been given, today, will create my future,
and it will change the community around me and change society and humankind.
How should you live your day today?
Let's live with vision, wake up and set our spirit straight, and take pleasure in living.
Let's be grateful to be able to work.
This is the way to create health and happiness.
Let's create health and happiness through the vision for the future we have set.