The City of Houston honored Ilchi Lee by Mayor Bill White officially proclaiming August 28, 2007 as Ilchi Lee Day, at a ceremony at the City Council of City Hall.
Mayor White presented Ilchi Lee with the official proclamation document; also attending were Peter Brown, City Council Member, and Terry Ferro, representative of the Houston Region Dahn Centers. The proclamation states that Ilchi Lee is being recognized because of his major contributions to the health and wellbeing of Houston and the world, and wished continued success for many more years.
A partial list of his contributions were given in the proclamation document: Ilchi Lee developed Brain Education System Training, the core curriculum of the Dahn Yoga Centers, which he founded; as a leading Brain Philosopher and Educator, he has improved the health of citizens of Housto, as evidenced by testimonials of its members; Dahn Yoga Center’s conduct of Walking for Health at the University of Houston, May 2007; his continued devotion to the study of brain awareness and its potential to improve the human condition.
The August 28 ceremonty that preceded the proclamation of Ilchi Lee Day was the Mayor’s recognition of the opening of the Korean War Veteran Museum in Houston.
To a CEO Roundtable of 30 presidents and chairpersons of a cross-section of the Houston Area’s largest and most innovative corporations, Ilchi Lee shared his views on Brain Best Practices for Business, at the prestigious Brennan’s Restaurant, August 28, 2007.
Ilchi Lee began his lecture with the inspiring business story of Ju Yung Chung, the founder of South Korea’s Hyundai industrial empire and symbol of the country’s post-war economic revival. In the 1980s, Ilchi Lee had been Mr. Chung’s adviser in matters of physical, mental and spiritual health. Mr. Chung’s rise from poverty to great wealth mirrored South Korea’s economic transformation. While he had retired from managing the 170,000-employee Hyundai conglomerate, he retained considerable influence, until shortly before his death at 85. He earned his first wages as a rice delivery boy and his first business venture was a car repair company. Hard work, creativity and a capacity to never give up were the essence of his life. After the Second World War, he branched out into the construction business, gradually building the Hyundai Group into a conglomerate making everything from cars to mobile phones.
Next Ilchi Lee pointed how Mr. Chung, characteristic of most highly successful business leaders utilized their brains in positive, creative and bold ways. He described the value of his Brain Education System Training, or BEST 5, indicating its five steps. These steps consist of principles and methods concerning brain education—sensitizing, versatilizing, refreshing, integrating, and mastering. Each step is linked in a series that lead to profound new ways to think, feel, learn, grow, and interact with the world around us. He invited the CEOs to regard their brain as one of the key assets of their career and business success, creativity in business and their personal life.
Ilchi Lee conducted a workshop for 17 physicians, most of them clinical psychologists, presenting Brain Best Practices for Better Health, in Houston’s Tarantino’s Properties Building Conference Room on August 28, 2007.
The lecture was well received, as shown by the many and spirited questions asked by the participants concerning mental and physical health and the interplay between them.
Ilchi Lee spoke about his life journey, especially his overcoming his ADD condition and realizing the profound interconnectedness in the brain of the determinants of our physical, mental/emotional and spiritual health. Then he described his Brain Education System Training, or BEST 5, including brain sensitizing, versatilizing, refreshing, integrating, and mastering. In this brain-capability growth approach, one improves one’s brain functioning, lessens the limitations from the past, incorporates new and positive information, and utilizes the brain-body system in new and profound ways to obtain one’s physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual goals.
It was apparent that the doctors in the workshop were eager to learn through experience more concerning the nature, scope and applicability of BEST 5 in the physical and mental health fields.