Published on June 1st, 2018 | by Eileen Feurey0
Learn the Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality and Life Transformation
by Eileen Feurey and John Thompson
If our doctor informed us tomorrow that we would live to be 100 years old, it would be interesting to see how many folks currently have a plan in place to live out an entire century. Today, people can live 20, 30 or even 40 years after retirement. The current mindset is that the retirement years are a time to wind down and take it easy, but it’s safe to say that most of us don’t truly wish to spend decades winding down. Ilchi Lee’s newest book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, provides a blueprint to live a healthy and fulfilling life with a deep sense of purpose until our last day.
We must take charge of our physical health. Lee writes, ”Physical power is life — just move your body”. Staying healthy may sound obvious, but in today’s society, we habitually rely on external sources such as medication to manage our health and thus treat symptoms, rather than underlying causes. We must be in control of our health first, or as author Ilchi Lee’s says, “When it comes to my body, I am the primary doctor.”
Lee gives several suggestions for maintaining our health and vigor to live our later years to their fullest. The book suggests three kinds of physical training: one-minute exercise, which means high-intensity interval training like pushups, sit-ups, squats and jumping jacks. The second is longevity walking, which is strolling pleasantly and strongly with feet parallel while pressing down on the energy point in the sole of each foot. The third is called belly button healing. This involves rhythmically compressing the navel, which is an important energy point. The benefits include increased blood circulation and better creation of the happiness hormones serotonin and dopamine. Practicing these three forms of physical training benefits our body and mind and helps us establish a better relationship with ourselves.
Once we are in charge of our health, it is easier to move to the next steps of finding our life purpose and achieving our goals. Life can feel boring and pointless if we do not have purpose. Too often our goals for retirement are easy (I’ll play more golf!) and do not come from deep within. If we do not consciously plan, our goals can be a reflection of our younger years, such as acquiring wealth and possessions. We need to prioritize between needing more stuff or being financially well off enough to live comfortably. Depending on the decision, we may need to look deeper to realize that the true purpose of life is to live for completion. In the first 60 years of life, people typically live to achieve external, material success. When we retire, we give up that relentless pursuit of success and life can suddenly feel boring and pointless without a purpose. This is the perfect time to begin examining our internal self. We realize that the second half of our life is the time for us to find the sense of satisfaction that can only be experienced internally.
If we choose completion as our goal and take responsibility for achieving this goal, then there is no better sense of purpose and fulfillment for our life. To be truly happy, our goal needs to lead to peace and harmony for ourselves, humanity, and the Earth. Unchanging happiness means discovering our true self and using this for the benefit of the whole. If we live mindfully with each other and the Earth, we will naturally create a better world. This is the best way to live the second half of life and the true meaning of I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.
Ilchi Lee is a visionary, educator, founder of Body & Brain Yoga, and author of 41 books, including The Call of Sedona. Journey of the Heart. As a dedicated advocate for a peaceful, sustainable world, he has helped millions of people worldwide find their true potential and develop it for the benefit of all. For more information, call 201-444-6020 or visit Bodynbrain.com/wyckoff.