I've Decided to Live 120 Years
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New York Times bestselling author and one of the most renowned meditation teachers in our time, Ilchi Lee challenges you to radically rethink your ideas on aging, health, personal fulfillment, and what's possible in your lifetime.

For most of our lives, we work hard, reaching for success, until we are faced with retirement. If you retire at age 65, you may think you have about 20 more years to relax and enjoy your life. But what if you had more time? What if you had another 40 or 50 years to live? Would it make a difference in how you lived?Ilchi Lee stresses that you can extend your life way beyond what most of us have accepted as our biological age limit, even up to 120 years. But the real question is, can we have not only a long life, but also a fulfilling one? Lee's answer is a resounding yes, and it starts with the power of choice, a practice of self-reliance, and most importantly, a greater sense of purpose.

A visionary and master teacher who globalized ancient Korea's mind-body tradition, Ilchi Lee lays out a clear path to a new paradigm of longevity and mastery of life. Through personal experience, compelling stories, the wisdom of an ancient Korean holistic practice, and current research on longevity and fulfillment, Lee shows readers how to live fully at any age without regrets.The inspiration and practical advice you find in this book propels you to make the necessary changes in your life that would make a 120-year life full of vitality, passion, and purpose possible.


Ilchi Lee is a dedicated advocate for a peaceful, sustainable world, a New York Times bestselling author who has penned over 40 books, and an innovative leader in human brain potential development. A true believer in the power of each person to change themselves and the world around them, Ilchi Lee has developed many mind-body training methods, including Body & Brain Yoga and Brain Education, and has helped millions of people globally find their true potential and develop it for the benefit of all. To learn more, visit www.ilchi.com


Introduction: Embracing a New Humanity and a New Earth

Chapter 1: I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years

Chapter 2: What Is Humanity’s True Path?

Chapter 3: How Do We Achieve Completion?

Chapter 4: Reflect on the First Half of Your Life, Design the Second

Chapter 5: Physical Power Is Life—Just Move

Chapter 6: Discover New Sources of Happiness

Chapter 7: Let Go of Attachments to Find Peace

Chapter 8: Don’t Fear Solitude—Enjoy It

Chapter 9: Give Your Brain Hopes and Dreams

Chapter 10: Cultivate Yourself Continuously

Chapter 11: Share and Give

Chapter 12: Be Close to Nature

Chapter 13: What We Leave Behind

Afterword: A Special Invitation to Earth Village

About the Author



"A delightful guide full of inspiration and information for those who want to live a full, vibrant, and meaningful life at any age."
― Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements

"This magnificent book ignites the true spirit of what it means to live fully. But more than that, this book provides the precise formula you need to follow if you indeed want to live as fully as possible, as healthfully as possible, for as long as possible."
― Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Ilchi Lee's book's genius is not only its scientific, time-tested longevity principles, but also how he infuses it with his own good heart."
― Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation

"I have been fortunate to experience firsthand how his visionary view of the human potential actually translates into reality and I have incorporated his advice into my own life. If there is one book you don't want to miss, it is this one."
― Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD, author of The Mind-Gut Connection

"The wisdom here is miles deep, yet easily accessible, making it instantly usable. What you’ll read here can change your life for the better immediately, and you can’t ask for more from a book than that. What a gift!
― Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God series

"I am personally choosing to study with Ilchi Lee to live 120 years to fulfill my own life purpose. At 88 I feel as though I am getting newer every day!"
― Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution

"This book provides practical strategies, probing questions, and the art of storytelling to inspire readers to challenge themselves not only to age gracefully, but to become fully enlightened."
― Jessie Jones, PhD, co-author of In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging


“The power to end life belongs to nature, but we can extend the time we have through management of our bodies and minds.”

“To more actively design your old age, I suggest that you choose the age you wish to reach. When we have a reason for living to a specific age, we work even harder to manage our bodies and minds and to maintain healthy life habits. How long will you choose to live?”

“Each and every one of us can choose how we will use the time and the life that have been given to us. This is the greatest power and right that we have.”

“If the first half of our lives was a time for learning, possessing, and accumulating, then the second half is a time for sharing and giving. The influence we can have in the world is determined by what we can give, not what we can get.”

“For choosing how long you will live, what should come first is finding a purpose or goal you want to achieve during the rest of your life. When we have a reason, we work even harder to manage our bodies and minds and to maintain healthy life habits.”

“The key to living a life of completion is living the life you really want, a life you won’t regret when you die. Ask yourself: What kind of life do you really want to live?”

“Today is unlikely to be your last day. But the probability that today will be the first day of the rest of your life is 100 percent.”

“Renewal doesn’t come automatically, and life doesn’t change just because you’re a year older. You can understand this even if you’re only 30 years old. Unless you reflect on what you’ve learned through the past year and on how you will apply those lessons to your future life, aging another year won’t make you any wiser.”

“When the loneliness of being reaches deep into your heart, a bright light breaks out of the darkness. Then great solitude changes into brilliant light.”

“I believe in the power of the dreams that people have. Great, beautiful dreams make great, beautiful people. The great dream of one person could stop with changing his or her life, but a great dream embraced by many people could change the world.”