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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

#Live120YearsSelfie Contest

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.


Nov 2017

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.

Jan 2018

Resolve to Live a Life of Joy

By Ilchi Lee Comment

Sharing and giving with others brings you joy, like these volunteers.

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.

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.

Click here to go to the Giveaway.

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.


Jan 2018

New Free Video Series: Ilchi 120 School

By Michela Mangiaracina Comment

Beginning Monday, February 5, 2018, those who sign up will be emailed a series of video talks by Ilchi Lee on his latest book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation. The nine videos in the series, called Ilchi 120 School, will be delivered once per week and will answer questions like: How do you live a life of purpose? What do you do after retirement? How do you build a life plan for the future? How can you manifest what you want in life? What do you need to remember as you age?

The topics covered will be: 

February 5, 2018
The Story Behind I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years

February 12, 2018
Picturing a 120 Year Life

February 19, 2018
The Most Important Secret in Aging

February 26, 2018
Finding and Knowing Your Purpose

March 5, 2018
Maintaining Physical Power

March 12, 2018
Opening Heart Power

March 19, 2018
Developing Brain Power to Manifest Your Dreams

March 26, 2018
Old vs. Young: The Relationship Between Elders and the Youth

April 2, 2018
What You Need in 2018

The creator of the series, the educational website founded by Ilchi Lee, ChangeYourEnergy.com, hopes recipients will gain the insight and information they need to plan for a long, happy, and fulfilling life. They aim to open up new possibilities for the future of each person and society as a whole.

Go to the official website to sign up to receive the series.

Train to develop your physical power, heart power, and brain power for your health, happiness, and peace.

I'd like to share this excerpt from my book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, because I believe it outlines what you need for a long and happy life.

"To provide for your own health, happiness, and peace, you need to train your physical power, heart power, and brain power. Physical power is a cornerstone for happiness  and health in old age. Developing physical power is also a shortcut for developing heart power and brain power. If you don’t know where or how to begin designing your old age, try starting with physical power. When your body develops strength, your ambition naturally grows along with it, and you find that you have new ideas and new things you want to try. It’s a good idea to find a concrete physical goal for the level of physical power you want to reach or an ideal model you can imitate.

Your heart power grows when you have core values that guide your life. You choose words  and actions in keeping with your soul and conscience, you try to reveal fully the positive character qualities within you, and you have mature sentiments.

Like your physical power, the more you use the power of your heart, the greater it grows.  Heart power is a strength that develops through relationships. The tolerance, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and consideration within us grow when we train them, just as we train to increase our physical power. Close personal relationships such as those with family and friends and the communities to which we belong are excellent training grounds for heart power.

The core of brain power is creativity. Having lots of knowledge does not mean that you have strong brain power. Brain power uses insight and wisdom to create something that contributes to ourselves and to the world. 'Necessity is the mother of invention,' the saying goes. This expresses very well how creativity, a characteristic of the brain, is manifested.

Creativity comes from curiosity, from interest in and love for ourselves and the world. If you carefully examine yourself and what’s around you with affection, then ideas on how  to fix and improve things are bound to come to mind. Acting on these ideas with will and focus leads to creation.

A life of completion [(a life fully completed without regret)] begins with providing for your own health, happiness, and peace by developing physical power, heart power, and brain power. This is consistent with the process for developing the body’s energy system to achieve spiritual completion in Korea’s Sundo tradition. When the lower dahnjon in the belly is sufficiently developed, it becomes the source of reliable physical power, and the body’s vital energy is strengthened. When the middle dahnjon in the heart is developed, heart power grows, and virtues such as love, tolerance, and empathy are expressed. When the upper dahnjon in the head is developed, brain power grows, and insight, understanding, and wisdom develop."

A complete life is on in which physical power, heart power, and brain power are fully developed, and the power to do so lies inherently within yourself. Simple methods for strengthening these three powers can be found in I've Decided to Live 120 Years.

Ilchi Lee Book Talk Sedona AZ

Ilchi Lee will be at The Collective Sedona on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 2 PM to 4 PM MST talking about his newest book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation. The talk will also be broadcast live online at ChangeYourEnergy.com, Lee's online educational platform. 

Whether you see it in person or online, you'll learn Ilchi Lee's secrets to aging well and hear his insights into longevity that stem from 40 years of study and research into the human body and mind. You'll also discover the value of the later years of your life. 

You'll also learn:

  • Which positive habits you need for a life of longevity and health 
  • What your true self wants
  • What mind-body exercises you can easily fit into your busy life
  • What it means to become an enlightened elder who acts as a role model for the younger generation

To get tickets to watch it in person, go to ilchievent.com.

To get tickets to watch it online, go to ilchileebooktalk.changeyourenergy.com.

The live streaming tickets include the downloadable audiobook version of I've Decided to Live 120 Years

About the Book
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years combines Ilchi Lee’s lifetime of teaching ancient Korean mind-body spirit practices with his research on the human body and mind. Rather than just a guide, the book dives into enlightening topics about aging and longevity that will affect your spirit and heart, giving you a chance to find your true purpose and self.

May 2018

“I got the feeling that many readers seriously want to reflect calmly on how they’ve lived so far and to plan their futures based on their life lessons,” writes Ilchi Lee in the Introduction to his new book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years Personal Workbook (Best Life Media, June 2018).

“I was concerned, though, that—contrary to those desires—they might put off this work, having trouble finding the time in their busy daily lives and not knowing where or how to start." This concern led him to write the companion workbook to his acclaimed book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation

In the workbook, Ilchi Lee guides readers through reflections, meditations, and planning exercises based on the themes in each chapter of the original book. As you go through it at your own pace, "you will have a new look on life," says Peggy Chang Carr, an advance reader. "You will evaluate your life value, thinking pattern, and your life habits. If you have decided to live to 120 years old, you will start thinking about the changes you need to make and how to make them!"

Another advance reader, Jennifer Pilapil, says, "I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years Personal Workbook is truly a beautiful journey of self-reflection. Just from the first chapter, I was able to not only reveal my unique, personal core values, but how to effectively use my personal values in my everyday life."

Ilchi Lee has often talked about the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is simply information we understand intellectually, while wisdom comes from experience and practice with that information. This personal workbook allows you to turn the knowledge supplied by I've Decided to Live 120 Years into wisdom that enriches your life.

If you'd like to pre-order the book, which will ship in early June, you can get it for 15% off from publisher Best Life Media or ChangeYourEnergy.com until May 31, 2018. You can also buy it at its regular price of $19.95 from your favorite online bookseller.

Ilchi Lee Book wins Nautilus Book Award

Ilchi Lee’s most recent book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation (Best Life Media, December 2017) picked up a Silver Medal in the Personal Growth category for small press books in the 2017 Nautilus Book Awards.

The Nautilus Book Awards has been celebrating “Better Books for a Better World” since 1997. It rewards books on the “growing-edge” of culture that advance the Nautilus Core Values of “health & high-level wellness, conscious living and sustainability, spiritual growth, and positive social change.”

Past Nautilus Award winners include Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Gregg Braden, Eckhart Tolle, Joan Borysenko, Andrew Weil, and many more.

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years offers a revolutionary look at the later years of our lives. It says that with intention and lifestyle change, each person can live a passionate, fulfilling, healthy, and long life. Lee includes both practical advice and inspiration for making the lifestyle changes necessary for lasting health and happiness. He writes about connecting to nature to destress and to recognize and amplify your body’s natural ability to recuperate and recharge. He also recommends exercising for at least one minute every hour to maintain vitality and discharge excess emotions and thoughts.

The 304-page full-color paperback has been endorsed by bestselling authors such as don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Neale Donald Walsch, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Dr. Emeran Mayer.

More information on I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years can be found on its official website, Live120YearsBook.com.


In the month of June, many Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi centers in the United States, which teach a style of yoga that Ilchi Lee developed, held community events called Healthy Living events. These events contributed to the Earth Citizens Organization's SEED for Health national campaign and were based on Ilchi Lee's book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation.

The twenty-three events included talks by Body & Brain instructors and other health professionals about healthy living tips and guided exercises that the audience participated in. Many also had vendors with health information, services like massage, chakra readings, and aura readings, and fun such as face painting and raffles. Performances rounded out the events, demonstrating tai chi forms and inspirational music. Copies of I've Decided to Live 120 Years were included in the entrance fees for many of the events. Some Body & Brain centers also raised money at the events to donate to local charities.

Almost 2,000 people attended the Healthy Living events and learned simple ways to manage their SEED: Stress, Exercise, Emotions, and Diet . . . the keys to a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Some of the attendees included local government officials such as New Mexico State Senator Linda Lopez and New Mexico State Representative Linda Trujillo and their families, Greenburgh, New York Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, and Mayor of Oradell, New Jersey Dianne Dido.

The non-profit ECO began the SEED for Health campaign as a way to empower people and communities to take care of their health naturally. According to ECO, the SEED for Health campaign "proposes to take back our natural right to health, get connected in the spirit of care, and share wisdom, tips and resources to get naturally healthier together." ECO suggests that small, simple actions are enough to plant the seeds of health: reducing stress, exercising more, changing emotions from negative to positive, and eating a balanced and modest diet.

Body & Brain Yoga centers chose to distribute Ilchi Lee's book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years, as part of this campaign because the book's philosophy and practical tips for living 120 years feed your SEED. In it, “Ilchi lays out how the development of self-reliance, meaning, compassion, connectedness to nature, physical fitness, and healthy diet are all essential ingredients to a healthy, fulfilling life.” writes Dr. Emeran Mayer, bestsellng author of The Mind-Gut Connection.

Many Body & Brain members donated copies of the book to ECO and are helping to distribute them to individuals and community non-profit and governmental organizations related to healthy living. Hundreds of books have been donated to date.

Here are some highlights from the events.

Jul 2018

Ilchi Lee book - Belly Button Healing Polish edition

Belly Button Healing: Unlocking Your Second Brain for a Healthy Life, a book Ilchi Lee released in English in 2016, was published in Polish this year by publisher Wydawnictwo KOS of Poland (ISBN 978-83-7649-151-6).

Wydawnictwo KOS learned of the book from Aleksandra Mason, the manager of a Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi center in Rybnik, Poland. After the English edition was published, Belly Button Healing became a signature exercise of Lee’s Brain Education method of self-management, which Mason teaches to her members and in her community classes and workshops. Mason sought to help her students understand the ideas and principles behind the practice through having the book published in their native language so they could get the most out of the exercise. In addition to finding a publisher in Poland for Belly Button Healing, Mason also translated the English edition into Polish.

Belly Button Healing impresses upon readers the importance of gut health on not only physical wellness, but mental and emotional wellness as well. It also shows the role of the navel, an important energy point on the body, in spiritual development. The book carries Lee’s key messages of natural healing, the realization of one’s true self, and connection with and mindful action for humanity and the earth.

Ilchi Lee’s most recent book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, also includes Belly Button Healing as a key component of a healthy lifestyle. This book and the Healing Life wand Lee designed for this exercise are helping Belly Button Healing spread around the globe, including in Poland.

The Polish edition of Belly Button Healing can be purchased on ChangeYourEnergy.com, the website Ilchi Lee founded for changing your energy, changing your life, and changing the world.


Jul 2018

Stories based on Ilchi Lee's book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, are the basis of a new social media contest hosted by ChangeYourEnergy.com. The Live 120 Years Book Story Fest awards $100 Gift Certificates for ChangeYourEnergy.com to the Most Inspiring/Touching, Most Creative, Most Funny, and Most Liked stories posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #120storyfest. A Grand Prize of a $200 ChangeYourEnergy.com Gift Certificate will also be awarded.

ChangeYourEnergy.com, a site founded by Ilchi Lee as an online educational platform, created the contest to celebrate stories of how the book has influenced readers' lives for the better and to inspire more people to take up the challenge of deciding to live 120 years.

All of the entries will be displayed on the contest tab on the ChangeYourEnergy Facebook page, where anyone can vote on their favorites once a day. Winners will be chosen by the ChangeYourEnergy judges after the contest ends on August 31, 2018.

To learn more about the contest, go here to the announcement on ChangeYourEnergy.com.

I've Decided to Live 120 Years Spanish Edition by Ilch Lee

Following the Korean, English, and Japanese versions of Ilchi Lee’s most recent book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, the Spanish edition will be released on September 17, 2018. Editions in Italian and Chinese are in the process of being produced as well.

He Decidido Vivir 120 Años: El antiguo secreto de la longevidad, vitalidad y transformación de la vida is already available for sale from the publisher, Best Life Media, as well as on Ilchi Lee’s educational website, ChangeYourEnergy.com. Amazon.com and other online retailers have the book on pre-order, and it will arrive at brick and mortar stores after the official publication date.

Spanish translator Alejandra de la Torre said of the book, "It is truly a great honor to do the work of sharing this book with Spanish readers. Whatever your age and whatever you do, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years is a wonderful tool, enabling you to better understand yourself, helping you to have compassion, and guiding you to be one with nature. Ilchi Lee teaches profound wisdom and practical tips, with a passionate, captivating voice. Once you've read this book, you will never be the same."

Learn more about I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years at Live120YearsBook.com. Get a copy of the Spanish edition at ChangeYourEnergy.com.


Ilchi Lee book wins Living Now Book Award

Last month, Ilchi Lee won his eighth Living Now Book Award. This 2018 Living Now Book Award was given to I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation as the best in Spirit, a special award for “exceptional stand-outs from the rest of the medalists.” Living Now gives three such awards, one each for best in Body, Mind, and Spirit. Ilchi Lee’s book, The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System, won the Mind award in 2017.

The Living Now Book Awards highlights books that better our world in some way. Entries promote healthy living, self-development, spirituality, and environmental sustainability. Given by Jenkins Group, a Traverse City, Michigan book packaging and marketing company, the awards have been recognizing “Books for Better Living” for the past ten years. This year’s awards encompassed thirty-four categories for which 109 awards were given.

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years has also won a 2017 Nautilus Book Award and received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

This book is Ilchi Lee’s most recent and is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats from major booksellers, both online and brick and mortar. In the United States, the book was recently published in Spanish by Best Life Media, the same publisher that produced the Engish version. It was also published in South Korea and Japan, with Italian and Chinese editions on the way.

To help readers digest the concepts in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years and apply its healthy living tips to their lives, Ilchi Lee also made the I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years Personal Workbook.

Information about the book is available on the book’s official website, Live120YearsBook.com.



Ilchi Lee El Salvador

Last week, Ilchi Lee made his first trip to El Salvador, a small Central American nation that has been plagued by civil war, poverty, and gang violence, but that has been moving toward peace. One of the tools they are using to fashion healthier, more peaceful, and more hopeful lives for themselves and, especially, the next generation is Brain Education, the mind-body-spirit self-development method Ilchi Lee created. Through the efforts of the NGO IBREA Foundation and the support of the Salvadoran and South Korean governments and Ilchi Lee's Global Cyber University, the Brain Education program has been implemented in 25 percent of the public schools in the country. As a result, these schools, and the families and communities they influence, have become places where students and teachers work together in harmony, where people are not as afraid to come to school, and where academic achievement has improved.

Ilchi Lee meeting educators at El Salvador airport

Ilchi Lee meeting educators at El Salvador airport

The first part of Ilchi Lee's trip consisted of his meeting the people who have worked for and with the IBREA Foundation to implement Brain Education in schools there. One group greeted him at the airport and another was waiting at the hotel in San Salvador, the capital, where Ilchi Lee was going to stay. They thanked him for Brain Education and the complete change in their lives it has had and expressed their anticipation for the coming days' events.

Ilchi Lee with Laura Calderon in El Salvador

One of those people was Laura Calderon Toledo, who took part in the Brain Education pilot program in 2011 that the IBREA Foundation executed in the Centro Distrito Italia School on the northern outskirts of San Salvador. She gave him a bouquet and they shared a hug. 

Ilchi Lee with Grecia

Ilchi Lee also met Grecia Valenzuela Portillo, the current program manager of the IBREA Foundation's activities in El Salvador. Grecia went through the program herself in 2014.

Ilchi Lee receives presidential award

The next day, he received the national award, José Simeón Cañas Slave Liberator Order, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ilchi Lee with El Salvador President

He was also able to meet President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

Ilchi Lee gives lecture to El Salavdor Educators

Beforehand, Ilchi Lee give a short lecture to about 220 public school principals.

Ilchi Lee on the morning news

On the third day, Ilchi Lee made an appearance on a national morning news show, where he was interviewed about the award, the activities of the IBREA Foundation, and the transformative effects of Brain Education. He was accompanied by one of the Program Directors of the IBREA Foundation, Isabel Pastor Gusman. 

Ilchi Lee gives book to news show host.

Afterward, he was able to give a copy of the Spanish edition of his latest book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, to the news anchor.

Ilchi Lee at Pool for Peace Distrito Italia, El Salvador

Later that day, Ilchi Lee visited the Brain Education Swimming Pool for Peace, a community project supported by the IBREA Foundation in Distrito Italia at the first school that adopted Brain Education. The pool was made possible by donations from around the world, and many people in the community helped to build it. The pool serves as a place where children can relax and play safely and where the community can come together.

Ilchi Lee at El Salvador Pool for Peace

All of the students and staff created a heartwarming event with local foods, music, a dance performance, a swimming demonstration, and even a commemorative plaque.

 Ilchi Lee sign at Piscina por la paz

The sign for the pool left visitors with these words from Ilchi Lee:  “Discover their great intrinsic value and manifest that value in their lives. Only then can you create peace within yourselves, in your community, your country, and the world. Always be proud of your pioneering work in the school Distrito Italia for world peace.”

Ilchi Lee at pool for peace with Laura's grandmother and son

Ilchi Lee even met Laura's grandmother and son. Laura is now in college and helps to teach Brain Education in El Salvador and spread its use in various ways.

For people in this area, the Pool for Peace is not just a swimming pool, but a place where freedom and peace are allowed. Having this pool makes the children and community feel worthwhile.

Afterward, Ilchi Lee said, “It was a very moving time of great inspiration beyond my expectation. Now that I came to see it, my heart is filled with gratitude and deep emotion. Children looked at me with shining eyes, and I saw that Brain Education for these people is beyond training and education. I felt that Brain Education is their earnest desire for decent living, survival, value of life, and center of living. The people of El Salvador were pure, beautiful, earnest, and desperate. Their hearts deeply moved my heart, and I made a choice that I would establish the Brain Education Peace Institute in order to transform the Brain Education here to a Brain Education of peace and this nation to a nation of peace.

“Brain Education is not something that can be delivered just as a program. It’s the spirit behind it that gives it value. Delivering this spirit, this value, is the essence of Brain Education. This spirit can only be delivered by people. After all, wasn't it the spirit of the people who came here every day to teach Brain Education that brought these results and changed a country? This is something that anyone can do.”

Ilchi Lee El Salvador presidential award toast with educators

With the dedication of the IBREA Foundation staff and devoted educators in El Salvador, Brain Education is helping more and more people around the globe find peace, hope, and dreams, and the power to create them.

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