Author Archive: Mary Layton

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.

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Zen View  – Self Restraint

Zen View – Self Restraint

ZenView By Mary Layton Self-Restraint Recently I went to visit my T’ai Chi teacher who is a 3rd Generation Grandmaster of T’ai Chi. On the wall in his living room hangs a large Chinese calligraphy of one of the most important principles of T’ai Chi : Self-Restraint. Next to the very powerful looking character of […]

By January 3, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Laughter

ZenView – Laughter

ZenView By Mary Layton Humor I love to laugh. When we were children, my brother and I were always laughing even though we didn’t always have a reason to. Sometimes we were reprimanded: Can’t you be a little more serious? To us a lot of the adults were acting weird and we enjoyed making fun […]

By December 21, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Destiny

ZenView – Destiny

ZenView By Mary Layton Destiny A friend of mine told me a story about destiny. He didn’t know the origin of the story. But I liked it and want to share it with you. A beggar comes home to his shack and sees a mouse eating his food. He is upset. “Why do you take […]

By September 3, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Willpower

ZenView – Willpower

ZenView Mary Layton Willpower On some level everybody deals with some kind of compulsion or addiction. It takes willpower to face this problem. We may be addicted to all kinds of substances and desires, to shopping, to working and busyness, to thinking and talking all the time. We may be obsessed with perfection, collecting or […]

By August 6, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Comfort

ZenView – Comfort

ZenView By Mary Layton Comfort Comfort is an experience of physical and mental ease. From a Zen point of view comfort is largely something perceived in our mind. For example a Buddhist monk will be comfortable sleeping on a hard surface but uncomfortable when sleeping in a soft bed. To be less dependent on comfort […]

By July 11, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Compassion

ZenView – Compassion

ZenView By Mary Layton Compassion It is time to celebrate our mothers again. We owe them so much, don’t we? They are the ones that bring us into this world after months of discomfort and finally incomparable pain in the delivery room. Of course it doesn’t stop there. From the moment we are born our […]

By May 2, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Simplicity

ZenView – Simplicity

ZenView By Mary Layton Simplicity From a Zen point of view simplicity is an important aspect on the road to peace and serenity. The idea is that the simpler your surroundings, the simpler and calmer your mind will be. If you are a serious Zen Buddhist you will shave your head, regardless whether you are […]

By March 2, 2017 Read More →
ZenView: Simplicity

ZenView: Simplicity

ZenView: Simplicity From a Zen point of view, simplicity is an important aspect on the road to peace and serenity. The idea is that the simpler your surroundings, the simpler and calmer your mind will be. If you are a serious Zen Buddhist you will shave your head, regardless whether you are male or female. […]

By March 1, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Year of the Rooster

ZenView – Year of the Rooster

ZenView By Mary Layton Happy New Year of the Yin Fire Rooster 2017! According to the lunar Chinese calendar the New Year began on January 28th. The internet has all kinds of amusing but also interesting comments about what this Rooster year will be all about. So I learned, while the last year was the […]

By January 31, 2017 Read More →
ZenView – Resilience

ZenView – Resilience

ZenView By Mary Layton Are we resilient? A person who is resilient has the ability to learn from difficult or unpleasant experiences and is capable to move on with confidence. Successful coping is key. Life does not always happen the way we hoped it would. When adversity hits, or when things develop contrary to our […]

By January 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView: Celebrating the Good Old Days (Part 2)

ZenView: Celebrating the Good Old Days (Part 2)

ZenView: Celebrating the Good Old Days (Part 2)   Continuing from last month’s article: The first time Dania Hall was mentioned in the “Modesto Evening News” was in 1924 when the Danish Society dedicated the building to the city’s inhabitants. From that point on, Dania Hall was rented for meetings, theatre productions as well as […]

By December 1, 2016 Read More →
ZenView: Celebrating the Good Old Days

ZenView: Celebrating the Good Old Days

Celebrating the Good Old Days                                                          (Part 1) by Mary Layton I like to introduce you to a place in Modesto that I have grown to love very […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
ZenView – Motivation

ZenView – Motivation

ZenView Mary Layton “Motivation is energy”, a friend told me once. She explained to me what compelled her to go to her exercise class even though she was feeling very lazy. It was a simple thought, a voice that said ” I’m going to feel much better. I need to move and I want to […]

By July 30, 2016 Read More →
ZenView – Loss & Transformation

ZenView – Loss & Transformation

ZenView By Mary Layton Loss and Transformation Last month I travelled to Germany to visit my parents. At the end of April my mother celebrated her 89th birthday with family and her close friends. By that point she had battled Parkinsons for 14 years. Each new year was proof of her strength and courage. My […]

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
ZenView – Generosity

ZenView – Generosity

GENEROSITY By Mary Layton What makes a person generous? Is it because he or she readily shares his or her material assets with others? Gives lavish gifts? Spoils the family and the pets? Donates to charities? Does generosity pertain mostly to the giving of material things? There is more to generosity than meets the eye. […]

By May 1, 2016 Read More →