Ilchi Lee’s “LifeParticle Meditation” Urges You to Take Control

In every person's life, there comes a time when one feels a lack of control, whether it has to do with work, school, home or social life. Too often, people simply throw in the towel and give up – no matter how important. But real change for the betterment of your mental, physical and emotional health as well as your happiness is not out of reach.

As Ilchi Lee's book, "LifeParticle Meditation: A Practical Guide to Healing and Transformation," tells the reader, the mind is the single most effective key for taking control of the flow of change. The New York Times bestselling author discusses the immense potential of the human brain.

"Your mind creates everything," Lee wrote. "Your conscious mind has much greater power than you can ever imagine. Your mind can create blessings or disasters, can heal or harm, can bring abundance or absence. It is up to your mind whether the world looks hopeful or hopeless."

The solution is to wake up the mind's capacity to find, manage and direct the flow of change, and this can be done through the meditation techniques outlined in "LifeParticle Meditation." Guided meditation can help you focus your concentration on the inside of your brain and the LifeParticles flowing inside of them as you learn to control your energy.

Once you have mastered this ability, you can take charge of change and direct it along any path you choose. Take two minutes to watch a LifeParticle guided meditation preview and begin to understand the power of the technique.

Physical activity such as through yoga poses is essential for keeping the brain healthy as you age.

Follow Ilchi Lee’s Lead: Get Active During Healthy Aging Month

As August winds down and September is in the horizon, it's time to start preparing for Healthy Aging Month. It often goes unrecognized, but there's a strong link between mental health and physical exercise, and it's important to keep up swimming, running, yoga poses or whatever your activity of choice as you get older.

As Ilchi Lee discusses in his book "In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging," exercise is free, fun and beneficial. 

"As you are probably aware, exercise is widely accepted by medical science as a key factor in maintaining health and well-being throughout the aging process," Lee wrote. "In fact, it may be the most important aspect of successful aging. Most of the physical effects of aging – the natural loss of muscle mass, the decreased flexibility and mobility of joints, the decline of metabolism that can lead to weight gain – can be prevented or even reversed through regular moderate exercise."

Take the advice of Ilchi Lee – get up and get moving. It might just be the best thing you can do to stay sharp as you get older.

Ilchi Lee’s Art and Philosophy: Living in the Present Moment

August is Art Appreciation Month, the perfect time to nurture the humanities and take some time to embrace the beauty of creativity. Ilchi Lee may be best known as the founder of Dahn Yoga and as The New York Times bestselling author, but he's also an artist, putting his brush to paper to give life to characters through the ancient art of calligraphy.

As with other forms of artwork, calligraphy is less about communicating words to the public and more so about expressing emotions, energy and life within. As Ilchi Lee notes in his blog, each character he creates contains the character of the moment in which it was written, reflecting the sun coming in through the window or the breeze that blows as he sweeps the brush across the paper.

"As I look at the calligraphy, I think, we can only experience this present moment," Lee wrote. "Each moment is fleeting, and too precious to waste."

Many people believe that you cannot truly create art if you have not gone out and experienced the world – traveling around the globe, making mistakes and reflecting on those mistakes. While certainly these factors have led to some truly intriguing pieces of art, there's something to be said about putting the past, future and faraway places out of your mind and, instead, letting the current moment guide you in your creative endeavors. This notion is backed up by one of the most important ancient texts in history, the Chun Bu Kyung. The Korean text was a major factor in the forming of Ilchi Lee's principles and art, giving insight into the origin of existence and humanity's place in the universe.

"Awareness of the present moment makes every moment a new beginning, a new opportunity," the Chun Bu Kyung states. "Nothing from the past can ruin the newness and sanctity of this moment."

During Art Appreciation Month, take some time to consider these inspiring quotes from Ilchi Lee and the Chun Bu Kyung. Let mindfulness take hold, focus on the current moment and create something that expresses your inner self. You may find a whole new appreciation for art, creative process and living in the moment.

Ilchi Lee Encourages You to Push Forward

As a dedicated advocate of personal enhancement and improvement, Ilchi Lee understands that it's often difficult to make changes for the better. Hard work and determination are required to improve as a person, but the results can bring about greater fulfillment, spiritual development and, in the greater scheme of things, a more peaceful world.

Throughout life, all people are presented with personal challenges in which they must make the crucial decision to either give up or keep trying. This might be quitting smoking, improving physical well-being through meditation techniques or trying to improve the community by bringing people together in the name of peace and tranquility. No matter the undertaking, the first step in making change is often the most difficult, which is why Lee encourages you to find the motivation to push on.

"When facing a challenge, just face it and do it, trusting in the infinite power of life moving vibrantly through you," Lee wrote. "Expand your limitations infinitely!"

If you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward at any point, don't abandon your efforts.

"When you hover between the challenge and abandonment, take one more step forward," Lee encourages. "That one step can totally change your life."

For many people, the last step toward change can be a particularly difficult. That moment when change is about to become reality can be intimidating, and some are afraid to move forward. But keep in mind that fear in cases such as these can be a sign that it's time to progress – the reason you're afraid is that there's something to be lost if you fail, which means there's something to be gained if you succeed. It's an indication that the window of opportunity is open, and the time is now to get past your fears and just do it.

You may still be having trouble moving forward even after you recognize and deal with your fear of change. In such cases, turn toward loved ones, friends and neighbors for encouragement. You may also open one of the motivational Ilchi Lee books or the documentary film, "Change: The LifeParticle Effect," which inspires and guides you toward real, tangible change.

Ilchi Lee Advises You to Stand Tall and Proud

As an innovative leader in human brain potential development, Ilchi Lee imparts his wisdom on the world in a variety of ways. Among his methods of communication are Wisdom Cards, which provide followers with inspirational words that combine the principles of the Chun Bu Kyung sacred Korean text and Lee himself. One card gives a particularly useful pearl of wisdom, telling you to stay physically composed as a reflection of your inner composure.

"Have no shame in your mind," Lee wrote. "Straighten your body, and stand tall in the world. Those who are enlightened always stand tall. Those who do not have a noble mind tend to hide and move secretly. They bend their bodies and seek only to please others."

This reflects the guidance given in another of the many inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "Dahnhak Kigong: Using the Body to Enlighten the Mind." As he explains, people who do not stand tall in the world end up wandering about in suffering and pain, which can suck your energy and weaken your physical power. It's a dangerous cycle in which two negatives nourish each other. In contrast, those who stand tall in the world and maintain physical composure can feed their physical prowess, becoming more powerful, energized and mentally inclined.

The notion of "standing tall" is an essential part of the ki gong, or qi gong, practice. One of the main principles of this martial art is the upright posture, which involves a straightened, extended spinal column. It not only helps your body better regulate its organs, but the posture enhances the flow of energy throughout your body for greater mental, physical and emotional propensity.

Fulfilling Your Role as an Earth Citizen

There's no denying that the world is divided in many ways, both geographically and culturally. The prominence of war is simple proof of mankind's tendency to separate itself into specific groups based on religion, ethnicity, nationality and other factors. But this detachment is detrimental to humanity and inhibits societal peace that can lead to happier, healthier lives for all. That's why Ilchi Lee asks us to cast off our old identities and and take on a new one: Earth Citizen.

In his book, "Earth Citizen: Recovering Our Humanity," The New York Times bestselling author recognizes that people are diverse – in fact, its key to the beauty of humanity. But, as Lee illustrates, we are all united by one common factor: We are all citizens of this one magnificent planet. As such, the earth must be at the core of our personal values, and we must put forth effort to show respect and manage the planet's resources, as well as appreciating each other. Only when we realize the deep connection among all people under the sun can we come together to transform life on earth into a peaceful and sustainable existence.

"If you realize that no one in this universe is separate and alone, and that all are connected as One, you choose a life lived for the good of all life," Ilchi Lee wrote.

Becoming an Earth Citizen
To join Earth Citizen movement, one must shed their identity as an "American," "Korean" or other nationality. Rather, embrace your status as a resident of this marvelous planet. Override loyalties to these manmade ideals of patriotism, money and success, and treat all people as your neighbor. Take responsibility for your source of life – earth – and take tangible initiatives to keep the environment clean and healthy. Encourage others to join in on the movement, because the collective energy of many can accomplish much more than any one individual.

As people unite in the efforts to cherish and protect Mother Earth and the global community continues to grow and bond in common principles, she can restore her state of natural beauty and harmony for future generations to enjoy.

"Let us give future generations the gift of Earth citizenship by first giving it to ourselves," Ilchi Lee wrote.

Understanding Ilchi Lee’s Concept of Absolute Value

The meaning of life and the difference between good and bad are things every person ponders during their existence on this earth. A person will often assign value to people, moments and other aspects of life according to whether or not that person likes them.

For example, you might believe your significant other is good while an old foe is bad. However, there's much more than the concept of good and bad, and that's absolute value.

In one of the through-provoking Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," The New York Times bestselling author discussed this concept. As he explained, absolute values are natural and unchangeable aspects that are necessary for existence. Think of it in contrast to relative values, which are man-made things that people do not require to exist – money, marriage, college degrees.

"Absolute values are the things that are important whether you like them or not," Ilchi Lee wrote. "Relative values depend on social contexts and personal preferences and conditions of life. Our current market system pursues relative transient values at the cost of absolute lasting values."

Ilchi Lee notes that it's humanity's responsibility to alter man-made relative values when they conflict with absolute values, because if we fail to recognize and base our principles around the earthly elements that are essential to existence, we will not be able to live in peace and harmony with our surroundings. Understanding and accepting absolute values also deters loneliness and fear that often comes with being human, because you find yourself playing a much larger role in the world.

"When you find the absolute values, you are important to this world because you know what is important," Lee wrote. "Those who know what is truly important are helpful to this world, because they won't put their personal concerns before what is important to all."

Many people turn to money, career and other external factors to make them happy, but real joy can be found within.

Looking Within for Happiness

What is it to be happy? Some may think that money and fame are the keys to contentment, but the rich and famous often find themselves looking for fulfillment in ways that do not involve these trivial elements. In one of the moving Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," the author notes the human tendency to look to outside sources for happiness.

"There is a serious discrepancy between what we really want, and what we usually do to get what we think we want," Lee wrote. "What we really want is to fill the hole inside and become complete, and what we do is look for success and growth outside."

Through his teachings, Ilchi Lee encourages people to take responsibility not only for their own health but also for their happiness. It's a matter of getting in touch with your true nature, recognizing what gives you joy and then pursuing that joy. This takes reflection and self-development, but happiness is not outside of any person's reach – with patience and will, you can discover the what fills you with genuine peace and serenity.

Providing Hope and Inspiration for Cancer Patients

The first day of June marked National Cancer Survivors Day, an occasion for celebrating those who have survived this disease. But it also serves as a reminder of the importance of inspiring those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer through family support, community outreach and stories of strength and healing. As a voice for holistic healing, Ilchi Lee, has helped many people find hope and courage to fight for their health, and he encourages his readers to comfort those in need support during such difficult times.

As Ilchi Lee tells his readers, "[T]hose who know how to comfort themselves can comfort others, and their heart is big enough to comfort the world."

People don't need extensive training to show compassion and provide solace to someone who is afraid in the face of cancer – or any other devastating situation. Knowing how to praise and comfort yourself is key. Find your own strengths, appreciate your own potential and remind yourself everyday that you love yourself and are capable of anything you put your mind to. Once you are at peace with yourself and understand your infinite value in this world, you can open your heart up to the people around you. In fact, in his book "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," Ilchi Lee explains the importance of understanding your role and what's really important in the whole scheme of things: absolute values.

"When you find the absolute values, you are important to this world because you know what is important," he wrote. "Those who know what is truly important are helpful to this world, because they won't put their personal concerns before what is important to all."

You can put your personal values aside and help others through community service. Volunteer at a hospital or cancer treatment center to provide emotional support for those who have been recently diagnosed. If you've survived cancer (or are close with someone who has) share your experience. You might talk with cancer patients about what you or your loved one went through, write an article and publish it in the local paper or author a blog to provide hope and inspiration for those in need of emotional and spiritual support.

Helping Others for a Better World

Many people believe that the greatest accomplishments in life are material-based. Earning the most money, having the biggest house and driving the nicest car are all among feats that are often believed to lead to happiness. But as Ilchi Lee discusses in "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," these material obsessions aren't what truly matter in the end.

The New York Times bestselling author posits the question, "How do I want to be remembered after I leave this life?" While financial, academic and career success are prominent, what's even more pressing is the desire be remembered as someone who helped others and made a positive difference in the world, no matter how big or small.

"We have the Noble Desire to help others and benefit the world, without expecting any return or recognition," Lee wrote. "What makes us great is not our knowledge, skill, money, or power. What makes us truly great is this noble desire, this passion that transcends all separation, that goes beyond one's limitations and wants to hug others and embrace the whole world. This is not something that we need to learn, because we already have it. It just needs to be acknowledged and awakened."

It's easy to shrug off your capacity to help others by saying you simply don't know how, but it's something that is inherent within all of us. When one sees an elderly woman carrying in her groceries, the first thought is often to give her assistance. It may seem like a small favor, but helping those within your community can encourage your neighbors to help others and, in effect, spreading awareness of humanity's need to be kind and supportive.

Ways to Become a Well-Rounded Student of the World

We talk a lot about holistic education, but over the years, the definition has become muddled with overuse. What it really means is that an individual should come out of the education system being well-rounded, not only versed in substantive knowledge but able to relate, empathize and understand other people. As more emphasis is placed on standardized tests scores, this may seem increasingly difficult. But rest assured, there are plenty of ways to become a student of the world, learning long after the last page of the textbook.

Learn About Your Community
One of the pillars of this rounded learning process is deep-rooted community connections. When you live in a city, how much do you actually know about its people, culture and history? Form meaningful ties with your neighbors, shopkeepers and places you frequent. Make a point to learn about the whatever niche your city specializes in – whether that's industry, technology, farming or music. Then, you can start to dive into what your city has to offer. Rather than simply being a student in school, begin to make the world your classroom. You can also do this by visiting a local museum that has exhibits on the city's culture and heritage. You may be surprised how much you have yet to grow and learn.

Travel
As the saying goes, once you know where you're from, you may know where you're going. Traveling is one of the greatest ways to meet new people, hear their stories and learn about different cultures. If you have the opportunity, whether it's on a school trip, family vacation or personal adventure, go out and see the world. We live in one corner of the world, and however pretty and comfortable it may be, there is much for us to explore out there.

Ilchi Lee, who was born in South Korea and flies constantly from country to country, shares that travel is mind-expanding. It makes us more empathetic of others, allowing us to embrace the similarities and appreciate the differences between all walks of life. By soaking in new cultures, foods and customs, one can become a citizen of the world.

Meditate
Amid all of the noise pollution of the outside world, meditation can seem like a breath of fresh air. Even 15 minutes a day of conscious breathing techniques in a quiet environment can leave us refreshed and recharged, tuning out all of the meaningless information and tuning in to ourselves. This can also aid in the process of uniting one's mind and body and becoming comfortable in one's own skin.

Get Involved in Different Activities
When we are young, we are like an open canvas. We can dabble in all of the paints and get our hands dirty. Encourage your kids or students to try an assortment of various after-school activities, from sports to music to volunteering. Yes, it will build their resumes, but it will also serves as a building block of personal development.

The Importance of Observation

In the bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to stop, take a moment and embrace the world around us. Especially as smartphones, tablets and other forms of mobile technology advance and take over, conscious observation has taken a back seat to multitasking and productivity-focused behavior. But, as Ilchi Lee emphasizes in his books, classes and other teachings, mindfulness is key to self-discovery and self-improvement.

In his book, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," The New York Times bestselling author discusses the importance of observation. It's only through self-discipline and careful examination of your inner self and the people, places and things around you that you can recognize your habits and behaviors and change them for the better. But seeing the state of reality doesn't require some greater knowledge of meditation techniques for concentration or other forms of mindfulness – looking at the world with an unclouded mind free of assumptions and preconceived notions, one can obtain a clear view of what is hindering them from self-improvement.

"To see truth as truth, we don't need a lot of study," Lee wrote in "Change." "It's not complicated. What we need is pure observation. An open mind and fresh eyes will serve us well."

Mindful meditation techniques are one way of clearing your mind in order to perceive more clearly. The practice involves purposefully concentrating on the present – the very moment at hand including what's going on around you as well as inside – without any judgment, neither positive nor negative. It may take practice and determination, but with time you may find yourself feeling more clear-headed and coming across new epiphanies about life.

Emotional Control for Greater Wellness

May is Mental Health Month, the time of year to learn about and spread awareness of the importance of keeping the brain healthy and learning about how the mind and the body work together to ensure your overall wellness – knowledge that Ilchi Lee, an innovative leader in the human brain potential movement, has worked so hard to spread. A big part of good mental health is emotional stability.

Along with developing Dahn Yoga exercises that soothe the nerves, reduce anxiety and help people gain control over their feelings, the health and wellness leader has raised awareness of the benefits that can come from emotional balance. In one of the inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart," The New York Times bestselling author discusses the importance of learning to handle one's moods and temperaments.

"We have to learn how to ride the waves of our emotions as if we were surfing, instead of floundering and getting swept up in them," Lee wrote. "Just as it's important to keep your balance when surfing, you don't get pulled by the undertow of your emotions when you're firmly rooted in your center which is your True Self."

The book, which provides readers with insight on personal awakening and spiritual development, highlights the strong healing capacity of the Arizona city of Sedona, but at its core, the book is about the human journey of the heart. As Lee explains in "The Call of Sedona," one of the key steps toward personal development and greater enlightenment is learning to confront one's feelings and then release them.

"It's natural to have emotions or memories that are hard to let go of even when you know they're blocks to your growth," Lee wrote. "But no matter how deep the hurt or emotion may be, if you let go of it, you can."

During his time in Sedona, Lee found that one of the ways to learning to gain control over one's feelings was to simply recognize them. The Arizona city has a serene and tranquil setting that many feel magnifies one's emotions – visitors often experience a heightened sense of happiness, sadness, anger and excitement, and they're forced to face those feelings head-on. It can be scary, but by refusing to allow fear to cripple you and choosing instead to allow yourself to feel it and then let it pass and let the negative energy exit your body.

While a trip to Sedona may provide you with the calm and quiet necessary to recognize, accept and release your emotions, it's isn't absolutely necessary to travel to Arizona to do so. Mindful meditation techniques, such as those used during Dahn Yoga classes, have the capacity to help you find inner calm and peace, which can be effective in helping you confront, deal with and learn to balance feelings and moods.

Does Income Determine Happiness?

There's a growing gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. that, according to the Pew Research Center, will continue to widen under the current economic conditions. This presents a huge problem for society, not only because it means a rising percentage of people will be faced with financial hardship, hunger and homelessness, but also because many believe that only the wealthy can be happy.

An August 2010 study by Princeton University researchers suggested that money does in fact buy happiness. The survey, which questioned some 450,000 people, found that those who make less than $75,000 per year reported being unhappier than those who made above this amount, and the less they made the less happy they felt. It's important to keep in mind that people's definitions of happiness vary. To some, it means feeling content and uplifted as they go through each day, while others may believe it's a more general satisfaction with the state of their lives.

While the study exposes some interesting information about the effects of income inequality, but what's more interesting is what it reveals about the importance that our society has assigned to money. Television and movies may portray the rich as joyful and content and the poor as miserable, but the reality of the situation is that all people tend to measure satisfaction with life on deeper issues.

Boston College developmental psychologist Robert Kenny conducted a survey that supports what Ilchi Lee emphasizes in his teachings – that money isn't mandatory for obtaining happiness in life. Kenny conducted a survey of high-income households that asked, among other questions, "What is the greatest aspiration for your life?" For the most part, people's answers had nothing to do with money. Rather, most said that their biggest aspiration was to be a good parent and noted that money can only go so far when it comes to raising children. But any person, with enough care and patience, can be a good parent, in the same way that anyone can find happiness in life.

In one of the enriching Ilchi Lee books – the second edition of "Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life" – the Dahn Yoga founder discussed the potential for all people to reach greatness.

"I don't believe in greatness that is bestowed as a rare gift to a few lucky ones," Ilchi Lee wrote. "Rather, I think all people have greatness inside them. It is just a matter of persistence - sticking to what you have envisioned until it is reality. I have a deep conviction that everyone, including you, has been given exactly the right set of gifts to fulfill some magnificent purpose in life. Greatness must simply be chosen. And if you choose it, it will happen."

The potential for greatness is within all of us. No matter your circumstances, you have the capacity to obtain financial stability, reach your goals and, more importantly, find happiness through spiritual growth and self-development.

In  Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential,” Ilchi Lee explains the concept of LifeParticles.

What are LifeParticles?

Every human being and element - water, air, dirt - in the universe contains tiny morsels of ki, or life energy. This energy is continuously vibrating at different frequencies. These bits of ki move about through space and time, passing along information, spurting life and creating the universe as we know it. Ilchi Lee coined the term LifeParticles to refer to these fragments of universal energy.

In one of the enlightening Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," the New York Times bestselling author explains the widespread nature of LifeParticles:

"All beings are made up of LifeParticles, and ceaselessly interact and communicate on this deeper level of reality. Through this connection, all beings affect and reflect each other. Whatever we do, we do to ourselves. Whatever comes out of us comes back."

LifeParticles are the building blocks of life, and any person can use this energy to create or do anything, but you must first learn to harness your ki. For example, you can give LifeParticles to others to help them heal by thinking of a person and mentally directing your energy toward them.

The Effect of Breathing on Emotional Stability

It's common sense that breathing is essential – humans need oxygen to stay alive. Most people don't pay attention to respiration. After all, our autonomic nervous systems automatically do it for us. But it's important to understand that oxidation of the cells is not only necessary for keeping your organs working properly – as Ilchi Lee discusses in his books and teachings, it's also crucial for the body's production of energy and, for that reason, can greatly affect mood and emotion.

Training yourself to breathe properly – deeply and steadily – can have many mental, emotional and physical health benefits. It can lower blood pressure, enhance the immune system and make you feel overall more vibrant. It can also make you more focused and attentive on a daily basis and help you better connect with your emotions. In one of the inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," the New York Times bestselling author discussed the immense capacities of focused breathing.

"[I]f you close your eyes and begin to feel your breath, it will instantly become deeper and slower, and your mind will become calmer," Lee wrote. "Then gradually you'll become aware of your body, or more precisely the subtle sense of energy inside and around your body. At that moment, you exist as Energy-Consciousness, not as names, jobs, duties, roles, desires, and so on."

There are many techniques one can practice to beat shallow, unsteady respiration. Dahn Yoga classes incorporate core energy breathing, an exercise that focuses on the body's energy system. Along with meditation and meridian stretching, it can help you develop your core, improve respiration and enhance your natural ability to heal physically, mentally and emotionally.

Exploring Brain Wave Vibration During Brain Awareness Week

March 10 through 16, 2014, is Brain Awareness Week, a worldwide campaign dedicated to increasing public knowledge of the importance of a healthy brain as well as the need for further research into cognitive function. As the president of the International Brain Education Association, Ilchi Lee is also committed to teaching the world about the power and potential of gray matter.

People often underestimate the great influence the state of the brain can have on every aspect of one's wellness or the ramifications that come from failing to keep the mind healthy and embracing its power. Many of the Dahn Yoga founder's books have discussed the immense grip that the brain has on all facets of our being. In "Human Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living," for instance, he discussed the importance of taking control of your own mind.

"In order to be the master of your life, you must first recognize that you are the rightful master of your brain, its owner and operator," Lee wrote.

Among the Ilchi Lee books, "Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back Into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life," is perhaps the most relevant to someone looking to take control of their thinking organ and, in effect, their own health and happiness. The book informs that the mind affects much more than our ability to think, remember and other cognitive functions – it's essential to our physical and emotional well-being. Keeping your brain fit and learning to use it to master our own mental and physical abilities and to enhance the body's healing process.

His informative writings are just one part of the Ilchi Lee brain education initiative. The method's effectiveness in enhancing the health of gray matter is why Brain Wave Vibration is an important component of Dahn Yoga classes. The holistic healing method involves rhythmic movements and mindfulness that help balance the mind and body. It's based on the notion that all people already possess their own healing power, but it can only be accessed once we stop allowing stress and bad thoughts to suppress the brain's capacity to heal.

"Every living creature possesses a natural healing ability, which is essentially the ability to bring one's body back into equilibrium,"  Ilchi Lee wrote in "Brain Wave Vibration."

By reducing stress and clearing the mind, this practice can help you escape the fight or flight state that so many people are stuck in on a daily basis. In turn, it may lead to a steadier, healthier heart rate, increased organ function and more relaxed muscles. Other benefits include enhanced creativity, increased blood flow to the brain and a generally happier mood thanks to a boost of serotonin in the body. Combined, these effects can help you become a more rounded person overall – more physically fit, emotionally stable and mentally capable.

People can utilize meditation techniques to improve their moods and general outlook on life.

Meditation for a Brighter Outlook

The month just before spring sets in can be one of the gloomiest parts of the year. Many people become fed up with the bad weather and lack of sunlight, and some reach the height of their seasonal affective disorder during this time. But there are things you can do to improve your mental and emotional state – meditation techniques for concentration can be particularly helpful for enhancing your positive outlook on life.

Mindful meditation works to improve your mood by helping you focus on the present moment rather than obsessing over the past and future, which can help you become more accepting of the state of your life as well as your self. In fact, studies have proven that people who engage in meditation techniques experience not only decreased stress but also a more positive disposition on a daily basis.

In his book, "LifeParticle Meditation: A Practical Guide to Healing and Transformation," Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee discussed the mind's capacity to control your emotions and attitude toward the world around you.

"Your mind creates everything," Ilchi Lee wrote. "Your conscious mind has much greater power than you can ever imagine. Your mind can create blessings or disasters, can heal or harm, can bring abundance or absence. It is up to your mind whether the world looks hopeful or hopeless."

Better Decisions Through Physical Fitness

Through a variety of health-improvement programs and education initiatives, founder of Dahn Yoga Ilchi Lee teaches people about the importance of maintaining wellness. Living a lifestyle based on good eating habits and fitness is essential, but it's about more than just your physical form. People must actively pursue mental and emotional well-being to enhance their positive energy and lead an overall happy and healthy life, and it can even be effective in improving your decision-making skills.

There's a strong tie between the mind and body. Those with poor health may often find that they have a weak mental capacity and will. They may also be emotionally unstable, suffering from mood swings or depression, which can lead to poor decision-making.

It's no surprise that exercising nearly instantly improves mood by releasing endorphins throughout your system, but exercise also directly affects the brain by increasing the amount of blood that pumps to the organ and, in effect, providing it with ample oxygen and nutrients that are required for your brain to work efficiently. Those who work out regularly, such as with tai chi exercises and yoga poses, may find that they are mentally sharper, think more clearly and have a stronger will, which all translate to better decision-making skills.

In one of the motivational Ilchi Lee books, "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," The New York Times bestselling author emphasizes the importance of health and its ability to help you make better decisions.

"When you become healthy, courageous and hopeful, following your conscience becomes easier," Ilchi Lee wrote. "When people are healthy, courageous and hopeful, it's difficult to bend their mind and will. You can't force them to do what you'd like them to do against their will. They will speak out what they believe, and stand up and do what is right even when it means a loss to them."

Finding Peace and Happiness as a Single on Valentine’s Day

For many, Valentine's is a day of romance and happiness. It's the time of the year to show your special someone just how much you adore him or her. But for others, it's not such a pleasant holiday. Those who do not have a significant other – whether due to a recent breakup, death or another factor – often find themselves feeling lonely and isolated on this occasion; however, as Ilchi Lee emphasizes in his books, obtaining happiness and fulfillment is about finding peace within, not from another person. If you find yourself feeling unloved during Valentine's Day this year, consider these suggestions to keep your spirits high:

Gain Some Perspective
It can be easy to indulge in sadness and self pity when you find yourself single on the couples' holiday, but it's important to stay grounded. You're not the only one who isn't celebrating the day with wining and dining – there are plenty of other people out there who are single, and many go about their day without even recognizing the occasion. In fact, a lot of couples choose not to commemorate Valentine's Day, shrugging it off as just another Hallmark holiday created to make money for the greeting card industry. It's also important to keep in mind that there will plenty more Valentine's Days in your future.

Control Your Emotions
If you find yourself feeling down, do your best to maintain your emotions and stay positive. You might engage in some meditation, go for a walk to clear your mind or call up a close friend for support. You can also turn to a useful quote from one of the inspiring Ilchi Lee books, "The Call of the Sedona: Journey of the Heart."

"We have to learn how to ride the waves of our emotions as if we were surfing, instead of floundering and getting swept up in them," Lee wrote. "Just as it's important to keep your balance when surfing, you don't get pulled by the undertow of your emotions when you're firmly rooted in your center which is your True Self."

Treat Yourself
While couples are trying to impress their significant others with flowers and chocolates, you can use this holiday to show yourself just how much you care about you. Spend the day focusing on some self-pampering with a trip to the spa. For a more affordable option, treat yourself to a hot bath by candlelight followed by a session of yoga poses to get your energy flowing, and end the evening with dinner and a movie in the comfort of your own home. If you want a day out of the house, head to places that aren't pushing the theme of romance. Fine dining restaurants and movie theaters might be a bad idea, but sporting events and nightclubs are more likely to be Valentine's Day-free.

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