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 – Imagination

ZenView – Imagination

Imagination By Mary Layton Recently a friend told me a beautifulstory. At a hospital two sick men are sharing a room. One of them haspermission to situp on hisbed for one hour, every day in the afternoon.Thisman’sbed isnext to a window.The other man’sbed isat the opposite side of the room. He hasbeen ordered to lay […]

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ZenView – Resistance

ZenView – Resistance

Resistance By Mary Layton “Resistance is futile” says the Borgmother to Captain Pickard in Star Trek. Of course he must resist her : it’s a matter of survival. He must overthrow the invaders in order to save his ship and his people. To me, resistance is a double edged sword. If we resist too much […]

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Zen View By Mary Layton Natural Beauty Driving to work the other day I saw a young woman with a backpack walking alone alongside the blooming peach orchards. It was a glorious morning, blue skies and the air soft and sweet with the smell of spring. The woman’s long redish hair gently moved behind her […]

ZenView – Change

ZenView – Change

ZenView By Mary Layton Change “There is nothing permanent except change” These are the words from the greek philosopher, Heraclitus who lived in the 5th centruy BC. Change is central to the universe. Nothing and noone stays the same forever. Heraclitus says : “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for he is […]

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ZenView By Mary Layton Perfection Most people strive for perfection. We want to get the perfect score, find the perfect mate or business partner, the perfect happiness, have perfect children, the perfect job, perfect health, perfect looks, write the perfect article. Meaning to say : We want everything perfect. But is there such a thing? […]

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ZenView-Year of the Horse

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ZenView By: Mary Layton The Year Of the Horse While we already had our New Year’s Eve party, the Chinese New Year is still coming. Following the lunar calendar it begins this year on January 31. The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. Festivities can go on for 10 days, with […]

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ZenView – Balance

ZenView – Balance

ZenView By Mary Layton Balance Balance has been a challenge from early childhood, when we took our first steps, and it will remain a challenge throughout our adult life. We need it to bicycle, to climb a tree, to do sports and physical activities. We also need emotional balance, because being too anxious, too angry […]

By December 1, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton Timing Oh, there’s such pleasure in perfect timing. To say, do, show up or stay away, create something or get rid of something just at the right time! Really feels good when it happens. Perfect timing is magical. For example, a teacher saying something to a student just at the right […]

By November 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Connection

ZenView – Connection

Connection…more connection The other night I did something new. I went to a music jam session, facilitated by a guy who has a music background and experience in this sort of thing. We were 12 people and we all had brought our favorite instruments. There were lots of drums but also guitars, violins, flutes and […]

By October 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton TIME OUT Where’s all the time going? An hour feels more like half an hour. What happened? Have the computers, texts and tweets accelerated time? Is the universe spinning faster? Sure seems like people have a lot less time than before. Technology has countless advantages but it does not necessarily buy […]

By August 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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Zen View Endurance By Mary Layton The Zen View has become so Zen it dissolved into thin air in the hot month of July. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…Endurance. My mind seems to surrender a little more easily in hot weather. I slow down. Think of what really is priority. Actually, thanks to […]

ZenView-Tolerance

ZenView-Tolerance

Zen View By: Mary Layton Tolerance When I think about the meaning of tolerance I find it is like a complex dish made of these different components: self control, absence of judgement, kindness, patience, endurance and love. One person I know who practices tolerance in an exemplary way is our teacher, a 3rd generation T’ai […]

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ZenView-Diligent Practice

Diligent Practice “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle I once asked my teacher who is a well known martial artist and excellent teacher from China what it was that made him so successful. Known to talk little, he said only three words: Keep doing […]

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ZenView By Mary Layton DISCIPLINE When I was young the word “discipline” had a definite unattractive ring to it. Something you are ordered to do but don’t want to do. Being a free spirit, I decided it was something to be avoided. A few years later we were doing drills in a T’ai Chi class, […]

By February 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView-Jan 2013

ZenView-Jan 2013

ZenView By Mary Layton There are many exercises that are centered on the body and mind connection. One, from India is Yoga, based on Buddhist philosophy, another is T’ai Chi Ch’uan from China based on Taoism. T’ai Chi Ch’uanwhich means ‘Grand Ultimate Fist’ was founded during the Song Dynasty (960-1127) by Chang San Feng,a Taoist […]

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