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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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 →
ZenView – Serenity

ZenView – Serenity

ZenView Mary Layton Step into Serenity What is serenity? The Oxford Dictionary offers this definition: “The state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled, ‘an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city’.” The goal of meditation is to reach a state of serenity that is when your mind is still and calm. Most of us are […]

ZenView – Are You Blooming

ZenView – Are You Blooming

ZenView By Mary Layton Are You Blooming Once again spring is here. I am telling everyone who does not live here how lovely our valley of blooming orchards is. Are you blooming too? Budding out with new ideas? Feeling the chi? Ready to take on the year with new vigor? Branching out? The force of […]

ZenView – Year of the Monkey

ZenView – Year of the Monkey

ZenView By Mary Layton Chinese New Year On February 8th is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey! The monkey is an important character in Chinese culture. The famous book “The Monkey King” is proof of that. That monkey is just unstoppable in the pursuit of his goals. […]

By January 31, 2016 Read More →
ZenView – Health and Wealth

ZenView – Health and Wealth

ZenView By Mary Layton Health and Wealth For those of those you haven’t noticed yet, Modesto’s city slogan “Water Wealth Contentment Health” has found a second place to shine in form of a welcoming inscription on one of the pillars supporting the new Pelandale overpass. Seeing this again, I was reminded once more of what […]

By January 3, 2016 Read More →
ZenView – Celebration

ZenView – Celebration

Zen View by Mary Layton The holiday season is here again and everyone is extra busy with shopping, cooking, cleaning and projects around the house. Finally we can set aside time for close, as well as distant, family members, friends and colleagues and have a good time. Whether you are surrounded by many or only […]

By December 9, 2015 Read More →
ZenView – Planting A Seed

ZenView – Planting A Seed

ZenView By Mary Layton Planting a Seed If it wasn’t for farmers planting seeds we wouldn’t have all the beautiful almond and walnut orchards we enjoy today. And the fruits of their labor are shipped around the world. It is a big part of California’s economy, supplying jobs, livelihoods for thousands of families, these seeds […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Silence

ZenView – Silence

ZenView Mary Layton Enjoy the Silence The first time I experienced silence consciously was when I was 12 years old. I was walking through a beautiful forest with my 16 years old brother. It made me feel special that he chose to take me on a walk with him. I was talking excitedly thinking that […]

By October 1, 2015 Read More →
ZenView – Patience

ZenView – Patience

ZenView Mary Layton Patience One good place to test my patience isin traffic.The car in front of me isgoing too slowand makesme missthe green light. If I’m late it’sgoing to be thatcar’sfault! Speeding up to the next intersection I hope I can make up for lost time. But to no avail, I’mseeing the light turning […]

By September 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton WATER With the drought upon us water is on everyone’s mind. Or at least we hope so. When I moved to Modesto in1994 I was touched by that simple but very significant Modesto arch holding the city’s motto : Water Wealth Contentment Health. Wow! It says it all. Water brings all […]

By August 3, 2015 Read More →
ZenView Friendship

ZenView Friendship

ZenView By Mary Layton Friendship To have a friend is a lucky thing. As Charlie Chaplin once said, you can buy a house but not a home, you can buy food but not an appetite, you can buy a bed but you can’t buy sleep, you can buy help but you cannot buy a friend. […]

By July 1, 2015 Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton The Tao of Success Everyone wants success. To find a good job, the right partner, a nice place to live, and to enjoy health and happiness. The faster this can be accomplished the better. In the pursuit of success, we may feel either like winners or losers. The question is what […]

By June 5, 2015 Read More →
ZenView-Aging

ZenView-Aging

ZenView Mary Layton Aging Some things improve with age. Wine, whiskey, vinegar, Persian carpets, bonsai and our old treasures not only improve but get more expensive! For people it usually means that they become wiser. Aging is a natural process of life. We age from the moment we are born. We may be able to […]

By May 6, 2015 Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton Respect for the Ladies In this day of age women are the Incredibles. They are multitasking, raising and caring for their families as well as holding full time jobs. Here are some reasons why women really deserve a lot of respect : 1) Women are mothers. You owe it to your […]

By April 2, 2015 Read More →