Ilchi Lee's latest book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, is available to win in an Amazon Giveaway this week. People who enter the giveaway get a chance to win one of ten paperback copies. The giveaway began Monday, January 8, 2018 and will end 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, January 15, 2018.
This book makes you rethink the direction and values of your life and how you picture life after sixty years old. Moreover, it “provides the precise formula you need to follow if you do indeed want to live as fully as possible, as healthfully as possible, for as long as possible,” according to Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Goddesses Never Age and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. Dr. Emeran Mayer, author of The Mind-Gut Connection, has said, “if there is one book you don't want to miss, it is I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.”
An Amazon account is needed to enter the giveaway, but no purchase is necessary. Only one entry per Amazon account is allowed. Giveaways are only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states or D.C. who are 18 or older. The official rules for Amazon Giveaways can be found at https://giveaway.amazon.com/rules.
Winners will be selected by random drawing after the entry period ends. They will be contacted by Amazon through email directly for their shipping address and have 48 hours to respond. Amazon will ship the book directly to them for free. If you have won a book and have failed to receive it or the book is damaged, please contact Amazon and they will help you. All prizes are final.
You were born with life energy, and with it, the right to use that energy. That right was given only to you, until you die. You’re the only one who can decide how to use it. Your life energy is waiting to be used, and it doesn’t want to be wasted meaninglessly.
A new year has come, and at this time, we tend to reflect on what we’ve done and what we want to do. What if you thought ahead to your final day with life energy? What can you do now so that on that day, you could look back on your life without regret?
No one can answer that except for you, but there is a way to find the answer—it’s in your heart. Think of the things you want, and focus on your heart. Do you feel joy and satisfaction filling it? Then those are the things that will let you live and die without regret. You can even ask yourself every day, “If I knew that today was the last day of my life, would I go ahead with what I had planned for the day?” If you think you would, then what you are doing now is clearly meaningful.
When you live this way, you add to the energy of your soul in your heart. As it expands, your soul grows and matures. If you keep growing your soul until the moment of your death, you can meet your death confidently and peacefully. You cannot feel such satisfaction and peace if you have only spent your life satisfying the desires and selfishness of the ego. Then, many regrets will remain.
This applies to the big choices in life, as well as the small ones. If you find the kind of work you will never regret doing, but would regret never having done, then you can live with passion and excitement, even in your later years. Passion revives when the energy of your soul fills your heart. Find the work and life that will fill your heart with passion. This is essential in order to be healthier, happier, and more peaceful.
I have often found that what satisfies the soul is good for you and good for others. If you help people to become healthier, happier, and more peaceful, then you, too, will become healthier, happier, and more peaceful. The energy of joy in your heart doubles in power when you make other people smile. The energy of love in your heart wants to be given and shared.
In contrast, if you don’t ask your heart what it values, what will bring it joy, you may fall into trying to feed it with material things, entertainment, and other distractions. However, since these things can’t fill up your heart, you may end up overconsuming them, like a sugary drink that leaves you hungry and unsatisfied. You can get lost in a cycle of need and greed, going through the motions without really living. There is no change or growth in this.
As you think about your New Year’s resolutions this year, put real thought into what you need to do for your growth and development, and how to live a life of joy and deep inner satisfaction.
While you live, you are the master of your life energy. Will you put it to good use as its true master, or will you be a spectator, standing by and watching with your arms folded? A life as a master or a spectator—you must choose between the two. Find and design what you really want to achieve so you’ll be free of regrets at the moment of death.
I want to cheer you on, hoping you will be able to discover something that fills you with excitement and passion, something you won’t regret though you die doing it, something you would gladly do even on the last day of your life. What you vividly dream becomes reality.
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.