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4 Books to Read This Summer for a Long and Happy Life

4 Books to Read This Summer for a Long and Happy Life
The pursuit of a long life remains a timeless aspiration for people all over the world, but we know that it’s not just about how many years you get to walk this earth; it’s about having a great experience while you’re here, and making it count.

Ilchi Lee—spiritual teacher, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of Change Your Energy—has written many books on these topics from the perspective of ancient Eastern mind-body wisdom and spirituality. His experience spans over 40 years as a global visionary, teaching humans all over the world how to live long, live well, and tap into the fullness of their potential.

In this article, we’ll look at four of Ilchi Lee’s books that dish out amazing advice for creating a long and happy life, uncovering profound insights and time-tested principles to help us spend our days brimming with joy and purpose.

1. I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation

Loved by influential authors like don Miguel Ruiz and Dr. Christiane Northrup, this book is perfect for brave souls who are ready to challenge their beliefs about aging, health, personal fulfillment, and what's truly possible in their lifetime.

In this book, Ilchi Lee asserts that we can extend our lives far beyond conventional boundaries, potentially reaching up to 120 years. But he goes further, emphasizing the importance of not only longevity, but also a fulfilling existence. Through personal experiences, captivating stories, ancient Korean holistic practices, and cutting-edge research, Lee guides us to live fully, with purpose, and without regrets at any age.

Three important things you’ll learn from this book:

  1. 1) The second half of life can be your golden age—amazingly fulfilling and bountiful.

  2. 2) You can take charge of your physical health as you age with concrete principles and methods for creating your own wellbeing.

  3. 3) It’s not too late to live your life with vision and passion—you have the power to positively impact the future of humans and the earth with the lifestyle you choose from here.

2. In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging

This book celebrates the amazing capabilities of the older brain and empowers readers to make the most of their brains in the later stages of life. It's all about embracing a positive and active approach to aging, and debunking the myths surrounding the decline of mental acuity as we grow older. It challenges old assumptions, emphasizing the vital connection between body and brain. Whether you're looking to improve attention, boost creativity, increase memory, manage stress, or optimize brain fitness and health, this book can help.

Through fully-illustrated exercises and activities based on Ilchi Lee’s five-step Brain Education method and the latest neuroscience findings, you’ll understand how the brain can continue to evolve, adapt, and learn at any age. In addition to mental quickness and brain health, In Full Bloom also explores the impact of the brain on emotions and personal identity.

In a nutshell, this book can be your practical guide for harnessing the natural abilities of your brain for a joyful and fulfilling life in your later years.

3. The 100-Year Golfer: 7 Arts for a Lifetime with the Game

The 100-Year Golfer is a must-read for anyone—whether experienced golfer or beginner—who is open to viewing golf as a lifelong journey of self-development, rather than just a sport or hobby. With captivating stories and proven mind-body techniques, this book unlocks the greater depth and potential of the game, empowering you to enjoy golf to the fullest now and for years to come.

Instead of focusing on swing techniques and tricks, Lee—an avid golfer himself—emphasizes the importance of enhancing your mind and body connection. The seven arts referred to in the title are based on the Brain Education methods Lee founded. They combine scientific knowledge of the brain with the ancient knowledge of mind-body traditions from his native Korea.

They are: energy, fitness, breathing, meditation, qigong, self-healing, and consciousness.

Lee writes:

“These seven arts are well-known beyond the game of golf, but you may be surprised to discover how much they can empower your golf experience.”

By incorporating golf qigong, golf meridian exercises, and breathing and meditation techniques, you'll develop a deeper sense of feel, along with increased strength and balance. His personal stories and proven mind-body methods will inspire you to approach the game with less stress and a newfound sense of fulfillment.

4. Meridian Exercise for Self-Healing

This book is a comprehensive guide to relieving tension and promoting overall well-being through the power of meridian exercises. Based on traditional Asian medicine, meridian exercises combine repeated movements, stretches, and acupressure stimulation to unlock blockages within the body's meridians, allowing energy to flow freely. From headaches and stress to the flu, high blood pressure, and thyroid disorders, these exercises target various ailments, offering effective relief.

You'll find step-by-step instructions accompanied by vibrant color photos, making it easy to follow along and practice the exercises tailored to your specific symptoms. You'll also discover breathing and relaxation techniques that awaken your body's innate healing power. Dive into the world of meridian energy healing, expand your understanding of this powerful system, and unlock the potential for relaxation, pain relief, and restoration of physical health.

The Change Your Energy shop has these and many more great books offering practical wisdom and inspiration for health, happiness, and a fulfilling life. Check them out here.
Written by Kris Washington-Carroll
Kris is a loving, creative soul with a deep personal healing story. Mindbody practices, energy work and meditation changed her life back in 2006, and today, she’s inspired to share these tools with as many people as possible to help them live happier, healthier lives. In addition to writing, teaching, and coaching, Kris is also a visual artist with a passion for using art to uplift, inspire, heal and transform.
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