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 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 […]

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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 →
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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 […]

By January 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →