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Zen View

ZenView By Mary Layton


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, shifting our weight forward and back, first very slowly, then at faster speeds. I remember feeling my legs yelling out to me in pain. But we kept going on for what seemed an eternity. I kept hoping the teacher would stop and give us at least a little break, but he didn’t. The whole class kept going and I realized I could not walk away or escape. Right then I had one of those ‘Aha -experiences’ : Wow, this is about disciplining my wild and lazy mind.

I had never done that before and it suddenly seemed interesting to me. As my mind became more quiet, my muscles relaxed. All of a sudden I felt an enormous strength and energy I never felt before. I guess I had, thanks to my teacher, challenged what I previously thought to be my limit. Discipline had brought me to a new level and expanded my abilities.

Many of us made new year’s resolutions. For those who still find it hard to really ” do it”, take that class or make that change happen, I have this advice: Just do it. And even more important, keep doing it, stay away from excuses. It will pay off big time.

Looking for a class to help change your mind? Go to taichi4modesto,com or call (209) 572-4518



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About the Author:

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.