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 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 →
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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 […]

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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 →
ZenView – Beginner’s Mind

ZenView – Beginner’s Mind

ZenView Mary Layton Beginner’s Mind In Martial Art Schools the term “Beginner’s Mind” is an important concept. It can be applied to any art form, music, cooking and sewing, etc. The idea is to give up feeling that you know everything already. The mind of a beginner comes from not knowing, and is like an […]

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ZenView – year of the Goat

ZenView – year of the Goat

Zen View By Mary Layton The Year of the Goat Because the Chinese follow the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Febraury 19th. Festivities usually go on for 10 days with lots of eating, drinking and noisy firecrackers. Up until Feb 19th,it is still the Year of the Horse, a year of […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
ZenView – Change

ZenView – Change

Change Your Mind By Mary Layton The ability to change one’s mind is a precious possibility. Miracles can happen. It’s about changing one’s attitude and course of action. Changing your mind puts expectations of success and happiness, principles, belief systems, fears and doubts into a different perspective. If a certain approach didn’t work, try another […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton Making Decisions Making a decision isn’t always easy, especially when there are as many good reasons to do something as there are reasons not do it. My family and friends know that decision making isn’t my favorite thing. Mostly because I tend to consider all sides of a decision. So it […]

By December 9, 2014 Read More →
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 […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
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 […]

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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 […]

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