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Ilchi Lee will share his personal journey and his latest projects at OLLI (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Lunch and Learn program, Wednesday, February 12, from 12:30 – 2:00 in room 34 of Yavapai College’s Sedona campus (on Cultural Park Road, across Rte 89A from Red Rock High School).

Learn about Ilchi Lee’s experiences in Sedona, the founding of the Sedona Mago Retreat center and other institutions in Sedona, Arizona, and his other recent ventures, such as the Change book and film project.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Bring your lunch (or come for complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a little snack) and join in informal conversation at 12:30, or come at 1:00 when the program will begin.

OLLI is a local, volunteer, peer-to-peer, adult education program. The Winter term is underway, but many workshops are still open for enrollment. The catalogue is available atwww.yc.edu/lifelonglearners. For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn program, please call: 928-649-4275.





09
Feb 2016

Living Tao Review Contest Winners

By Michela Mangiaracina Comment

The publisher of Ilchi Lee's latest book, Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment, held a book review contest from January 1st through 31st. They asked contestants to write a review of the book on either Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or Goodreads.com for a chance to win a cash prize plus a signed copy of the book. The following winners have been chosen by the publisher:

First Prize of $100: Anna-Lisa Drew
Second Prize of $75: Heather Preisig
Third Prize of $50: Sean Geiger

Here is what the reviewers had to say:

Anna-Lisa Drew
"Reading this book feels like a homecoming for me. The chapters cover every aspect of living from a Taoist perspective from money and relationships to the growth of your soul. I find myself lingering over chapters to soak up every word and meaning from them. The opening brought tears to my eyes it was so touching. I really felt the heart of the author through these pages and it awakens a longing in my own heart to live as one with the Tao. I urge anyone who is interested in growing their self from a caterpillar to a butterfly to read this book. I feel like I am flying with the realisations, both beautiful and challenging, that it brings. I am so grateful to have read this book."

Heather Preisig
"I've read many books by this Author. I particularly love this one. It's very easy to read and a great and concise guide. My Nanny passed away recently and I found this book was such a great source of wisdom and I could be much brighter about her passing and I feel a greater understanding about why we are here. I appreciate the way in which this book spoke to my heart. I read if before bed and it helps me sleep well."

Sean Geiger
"Ilchi Lee is so inspirational. Every book he writes gets better and better. Thanks to his teaching in this book and others I have found the meaning in my life I have been searching for for over 30 years. He shows us ways to improve your physical, spiritual, and emotional lives. My life now has meaning and direction. If you are like me, read this book and his others. Be well!"

Best Life Media has expressed their appreciation for everyone who wrote a review of Living Tao and hopes many more people will be touched by Ilchi Lee's book.

Living Tao is the most comprehensive book to date on the universal principles behind the self-development practices that Ilchi Lee has developed over the last thirty-five years. These practices include Brain Education and its specific expressions of Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi and the Solar Body Method. It was written for the layman in mind, using a language readily understandable to the novice seeker, yet containing wisdom that will enlighten even the most experienced.

 





Foreword Reviews, a media company devoted to reviewing books from small, independent publishers and university presses, announced the finalists for its 18th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards on Monday, March 7, 2016. Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment by Ilchi Lee (Best Life Media, December 2015) numbered among the finalists in the Body, Mind & Spirit category. Ilchi Lee said he felt so grateful and happy about sharing Tao with many people through this opportunity.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. “The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.”

In the next three months, a panel of more than 130 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 66 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons. Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June. They will also name the Editor’s Choice Prize 2015 for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award during the presentation.

Living Tao is Ilchi Lee's thirty-eighth book and distills the principles he has spoken and written about for decades into their essence. The simple wisdom it contains about life, death, and everything in between has been called "thoughtful, easy to follow," by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite. It "lays out the principles of Tao in a practical way that everyone can grasp and begin to apply to their daily life," he says. Readers have written that Living Tao has given them comfort and clarity during troubled times.

 

About Foreword

Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.





23
Mar 2016

Unleash Your Power Brain with Ilchi Lee and Dave Beal

ChangeYourEnergy.com and Sedona Meditation Center will host a workshop to celebrate the launch of Ilchi Lee's new book, The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading the Brain's Operating System. The three-hour event, called Unleash Your Power Brain, will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Sedona Creative Life Center at 333 Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona, Arizona from 2 pm to 5 pm. Ilchi Lee will speak on "How to Upgrade Your Brain Operating System."

His talk will be preceded by an experiential lecture by Dave Beal, Program Director and National Trainer of Power Brain Education. Mr. Beal will share "Five Steps to a Power Brain" and lead the audience in the Brain Education exercises developed by Ilchi Lee.

The Power Brain is a comprehensive guide to Ilchi Lee's Brain Education philosophy and methods, which he has been developing over the past thirty-five years to help people live happier, healthier, and more peaceful lives by maximizing their brain's potential. The methods within it not only help you improve focus, memory, emotional balance, and stress management, they also help you discover your value, recreate the story of your life, and claim a new destiny.

Power Brain Education is a New York-based company that has helped over 350 schools and counting incorporate Ilchi Lee's Brain Education methods into their curriculum and culture. More information about their training centers, teacher's workshops, and youth camps can be found on their website, www.PowerBrainEducation.com.

Tickets to the event cost $30 and can be purchased on SedonaPowerBrain.com or by contacting the Sedona Meditation Center at (928) 282-3600 or info@sedonameditationcenter.org. The cost includes a copy of The Power Brain.

Ilchi Lee's new book will be officially published on April 15, 2016, but it is already available for pre-order at ChangeYourEnergy.com and Amazon.com.





11
Apr 2016

Last Saturday, April 9, 2016, the Sedona Meditation Center and ChangeYourEnergy.com hosted the Unleash Your Power Brain workshop with Ilchi Lee and Dave Beal at the Sedona Creative Life Center in Sedona, Arizona. The workshop launched Ilchi Lee's new book, The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System.

This book is his latest, and most comprehensive, on his Brain Education self-development method. It includes both the principles behind using your brain to its full potential, as well as illustrated brain-body exercises that integrate the various parts of the brain and fortify existing neural connections while making new ones.

The 250 people who attended filled the seats, stood at the back, and overflowed into the room outside. It was a workshop in which, as one participant said, "Normally you come and you sit, and you're by yourself, learning for yourself. And here, you come and interact with everyone, and you're learning as a community. And you learn about being a community by learning as a community."

In his talk on “Five Steps to a Power Brain,” Dave Beal led the audience in exercises to experience the five steps of Brain Education. The participants found themselves playing games, laughing and smiling, feeling empowered, and meeting new people.

Ilchi Lee kept the laughter going in his talk on “How to Upgrade Your Brain Operating System.” He injected humor while he differentiated between the natural intelligence of the human brain and the artificial intelligence of robots by pointing out that humans have the ability to both empathize with others and communicate our emotions and awareness. The scope of his talk ranged from the individual brain to the collective consciousness of humanity. He said each human being is intrinsically valuable and has the ability and responsibility to take care of the planet.

Workshop participants came from in and around Sedona, as well as the Phoenix metropolitan area and as far away as Hawaii. The event was also broadcast live on Ilchi Lee’s Facebook page

A copy of The Power Brain was given to each participant. The book will be released in stores on April 15th, but can be bought now on ChangeYourEnergy.com.

Dave Beal is the Program Director and Head National Trainer of Power Brain Education. They have introduced Brain Education to 400 schools around the United States, training 10,000 teachers and 30,000 students over the past eight years. 

Brain Education is also being taught in more than 600 Body & Brain Yoga centers in 10 countries, as well as in health clubs, community centers, and large corporations. It is used by athletes, actors, doctors, and even by the United Nations.

To train people in Brain Education, Ilchi Lee has established the International Brain Education Association, two universities that study and teach Brain Education, and the Benjamin School for Character Education—an alternative one-year high school program that uses Brain Education to help youth find their confidence, solidify their values, and discover their dreams. He's also established the Korea Institute of Brain Science to pursue further research on Brain Education, and the Earth Citizens Organization to train leaders who use Brain Education to empower their communities to live in harmony with the earth.

Those who want further experience in Brain Education can join a three-day, two-night retreat in June at Sedona Mago Retreat with Dave Beal and Ilchibuko Todd. More information can be found at the Sedona Meditation Center, (928) 282-3600. They can also find a Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi center on bodynbrain.com, or study it online through ChangeYourEnergy.com.
 





July 2016 will herald the release of Ilchi Lee's newest book, Belly Button Healing: Unlocking the Second Brain for a Healthy Life, published by Best Life Media. This succinct paperback solidifies in writing Mr. Lee's latest natural health offering to anyone who wants more vitality, compassion, and connection. Belly Button Healing has a whole host of benefits, the book explains, ranging from better immunity, to pain relief, improved range of motion, relief from constipation, better blood and lymph circulation, and more.

In his ongoing quest to uncover simpler and easier ways to gain total health and inspire people to value themselves and show compassion for others, Ilchi Lee has explained the power of the belly button. What may seem like only a birth scar, Mr. Lee says, is actually a point that connects to major organs, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and even energy channels. By pressing into the belly button gently, you can feel points of tension that may be restricting your movement, circulation, or digestion. Massaging these points removes the acute restriction, while at the same time, relaxes the body and calms the mind--the most beneficial state for rest and repair.

Besides these effects, Belly Button Healing improves mood, purportedly by stimulating the release of "happy hormones" such as serotonin and dopamine, which are produced in abundance in the gut. It also creates a better environment for healthy gut microbes to thrive in the intestines. These microscopic organisms have a symbiotic relationship with the human body. While they make their home in the gut, they provide a healthier intestinal wall, better immunity, and more release of these happy hormones, especially serotonin.

Along with the book, Ilchi Lee has designed a Belly Button Healing Wand called Healing Life. The name reflects Mr. Lee's belief that Belly Button Healing is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy individuals, thinks Mr. Lee, create healthy communities that can ultimately heal all life. The tool is ergonimically designed so that most people can perform Belly Button Healing more consistently and efficiently. Ilchi Lee carved the prototype for the wand himself from the healing bark of a hwangchil tree after seeing a vision of what it should look like.

The Belly Button Healing book is being sold alone at major booksellers, or with the Belly Button Healing Kit, which also includes the Healing Life wand and the Belly Button Healing online course on ChangeYourEnergy.com. The kits are being sold at ChangeYourEnergy.com and at Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi Centers throughout the United States. Healing Life itself is also being sold at any location that teaches Ilchi Lee's methods around the world. In-person instruction in Belly Button Healing is also available at these locations.

For more information about Belly Button Healing, visit BellyButtonHealing.com.
 





Living Tao by Ilchi Lee Winner of Bronze INDIEFAB Book of the Year AwardsOn Saturday, June 25, 2016, Ilchi Lee's book, Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment (Best Life Media, 2015), was recognized as a Bronze winner in the Body, Mind & Spirit category in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Narrowed down from nearly 2,000 entries by a panel of librarians and booksellers, along with Foreword Reviews’ editorial staff, the winners in 66 categories are considered the year’s best books published by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. Foreword Reviews made the announcement in a live presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference. A complete list of winners can be found at: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/winners/2015/

“Foreword’s INDIEFAB judges are the key to our winners selection process, and, in our minds, the most foolproof way to choose award-winning books,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “We work with a librarian and bookseller in each category to provide us with an insider’s perspective on what would do well on consumer and library shelves. Using industry professionals confirms the trade quality of a book.”

“We are so thrilled that Living Tao has been recognized for its quality and marketability. We think it also has an important message many people can benefit from. We hope to publish even better books in the future,” commented Jiyoung Oh, Publisher at Best Life Media, in response to the award.

In celebration of this award, Best Life Media is offering a 20 percent discount on the book on their website, BestLifeMedia.com, as well as on ChangeYourEnergy.com, a multimedia self-help site developed by Ilchi Lee.

About Best Life Media:
Best Life Media produces books, CDs, DVDs, and other tools that are both educational and life-enhancing, and designed to support a lifestyle based on continuous personal growth and enrichment. As an independent publisher based in Gilbert, Arizona, their company is founded on the principle that the quality of information one consumes largely determines the quality of one’s life. For this reason, they are dedicated to providing positive and supportive resources through which individuals can create happier, healthier, and more peaceful lives for themselves and their community. Through their work, they hope to create a more harmonious, mutually beneficial way of life on the planet. Best Life Media can be followed on Facebook and Twitter. Find their other products on their website, BestLifeMedia.com.

About Foreword:
Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.





Earth Management by Ilchi Lee and Dr. Emanuel PastreichIlchi Lee will add another book to the list of one's he's authored with Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth. What's different about this book, which will be released officially by publisher Best Life Media on September 20, 2016, is that it contains a dialogue between Lee and Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, an associate professor at the College of International Studies at Kyung Hee University who has trained at Harvard University and Yale University.

Dr. Pastreich's specialty is classic Asian culture, and through his studies, he has noted the traditional Korean concept of Hongik. Meaning to benefit others, the whole, as well as yourself, Hongik is proposed by the two authors as an answer to the world's problems of war, economic disparity, imbalanced food distribution, and global warming—problems that cause both authors concern.

By delving into the original philosophical traditions of Korea, Ilchi Lee and Emanuel Pastreich seek to give readers hope that the world's problems are not insurmountable. To overcome them, they say, however, each person's consciousness and choices are very important. Changing the tragic trajectory humanity is currently on can only come from the work of individuals, not from nations and institutions. Culture, values, and lifestyles much change first before Earth's issues can be managed.

People ready for change, who like books like Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, or who just want to learn something new and unique will be able to get the book next month in either paperback or ebook format from major booksellers online and offline. 
 





14
2016

Ilchi Lee's Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment (Best Life Media 2015), which won an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award this year, has recently won a bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Living Now Book Awards in the Enlightenment/Spirituality category. This award is given by Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com of Traverse City, Michigan to books that have "an unique ability to enrich readers’ lives and promote sustainability." 

Living Tao's insights into the Tao are married with energy practices and meditations that help make a Tao perspective a real part of a person's life. That perspective is in harmony with the needs of all, including those of the earth. It can change a person's life.

This year, 109 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to books in thirty-four categories, from cooking and coloring books to metaphysical and meditation. “This year’s medalists prove that books can unite and inspire people, in spite of the inequalities and hardships that face our world on a day-to-day basis,” says Awards Director Jim Barnes. “Not only do books allow people to find balance amidst the chaos, they also serve as a potent force against ignorance and hatred. The 2016 Living Now award-winners are a testament to the power of literature.”

About the Living Now Awards

The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking and fitness to relationships and mature living. The awards are open to all books written in English and intended for the North American market. The gold, silver and bronze medalists in this year’s Living Now Book Awards offer a list of books representing the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan and IndependentPublisher.com. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and is dedicated to promoting books that improve readers’ lives, bring families together, and make the world a safer, healthier place. IndependentPublisher.com is a publication intended to promote the work of indie booksellers, publishers, and authors.
 






Approximately 300 people came to the Healthy Gut Happy Brain workshop with Ilchi Lee and Dr. Emeran Mayer on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Held at the Moseley-Salvatore Conference Center in Los Angeles, CA, people traveled from as far as San Francisco, San Diego, and Arizona to attend. Included in this event organized by ChangeYourEnergy.com and Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi were booths for aura readings, brain activity readings, and more information about Body & Brain classes and programs. Belly Button Healing Kits and Ilchi Lee's and Dr. Emeran Mayer's latest books, Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth and The Mind-Gut Connection, respectively, were sold.

The audience warmed up with stretches and Belly Button Healing with the Healing Life wand.

Then, Dr. Mayer shared how microbes living in the gut influence the gut and brain, especially emotion. While initially controversial, Dr. Mayer told the enthusiastic audience that the importance of the gut for brain activity is becoming more widely recognized.

Ilchi Lee, who has long talked about the benefits of stimulating the abdomen for the brain, emphasized that stimulation is not just mechanical. Paying attention and listening to the belly button while pressing it, as in Belly Button Healing, calms stress and emotions, clears the mind, and allows the body and brain to heal and maintain themselves. He had the audience on their feet, dancing with the Healing Life wand, showing them that changing your emotional state or doing meditation can be simple and fun.

During his talk, Lee demonstrated the effects of Belly Button Healing on the mind with the help of Hyungchul Noh from the Korea Institute of Brain Science (KIBS), which Ilchi Lee founded. KIBS has designed a device they call a Smart Brain that can read brain waves from two electrodes placed on the forehead. With this device, four volunteers from the audience got to see how their stress levels went down, their concentration went up, their brain waves stabilized, and the activity in their right and left brain hemispheres balanced from one to two minutes of Belly Button Healing. Everyone looked on as the volunteers' brain activity changed in real time. 

In addition to the 300 people there that day, approximately 3500 more watched live on Ilchi Lee's Facebook page

Through their insightful talks, both experts gave the many people watching real changes they could make in how they treat their gut so they can better manage their brain for a healthier and happier life.
 





07
Mar 2017

Live for Change

By Ilchi Lee Comment

Don’t live a habitual life, trained to the familiar and comfortable. Through intense self-examination and ceaseless self-challenge, create change, and adjust your track toward growth and completion.

If you live life habitually, without intense self-examination and reflection, you cannot make proper use of the time and space that have been given to you, and you cannot say that you have genuinely lived your life. The status quo is a state of self-negation, a state from which your dreams and your genuine spirit have vanished.

Walking in place for a long time is harder and less interesting than walking normally. Only if you go forward do your environment, space, and the people you meet change; only then do you gain a new fascination for life, learning, and inspiration. Only if you go forward can you move in a direction you desire.

Though you live but a day, but an hour, you should live for the dreams, values, and spirit you have chosen.

(Based on my book, Calligraphic Meditation for Everyday Happiness.)





Ilchi Lee’s book, Bird of the Soul, an illustrated storybook for all ages, has slowly been spreading hope wherever it goes. Through the Bird of the Soul Book Drive hosted by the non-profit Body & Brain Yoga Foundation and sponsored by the publisher, Best Life Media, the book has put smiles on the faces of people in community centers, prisons, camps, senior centers, women’s shelters, and more.

The book has grown beyond its printed format to a full animation. Originally produced in South Korea and then dubbed in English, “Bird of the Soul Animated Storybook” brings the story and spirit of the book to life with movement and song.

The animation is free to view here or on YouTube, or you can download the file from the ChangeYourEnergy.com Movie section.

We hope the story and songs warm your heart!






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