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 spring is something to be reckoned with. Suddenly with winter really gone there’s so much to do. I want to get to it all.

The sheer smell of those almond blossoms is a knock out! For many spring is the beginning of allergy season, posing a whole other challenge. The aroma of growth quickens my step. Amidst the good and the bad, the easy and the difficult that life hands out we all know the biggest challenge is to keep that’ Inner Peace’ Kung Fu Panda talks about. To find peace and inner strength make sure your own wellbeing does not end up last on the to-do – list.

How do you go about feeing well? I think it starts with awareness. Most often it is pain and tension that brings attention to how we are doing physically and mentally. To be really strong and resilient you first have to be relaxed. Set aside time for taking care of yourself. But like anything the key is consistency. We know that vitamins and supplements are good for us but to see good results we have to take them every day. The same is true when we decide to take up exercising and meditation to reduce stress. To see results that are lasting you have to be consistent. Just dropping into a class once in a while won’t help. Forget your excuses. A couple of hours at least per week can be set aside for the quality of your life.

It really is nice to pick up an exercise that helps us to relax our shoulders, like T’ai Chi or Yoga. Using muscles that weren’t in use before, improving your posture and attitude. Breathing better, feeling calmer and just having a good time being you. It’s not about how fast we can get it all done. It’s about the quality. The joy.

You only got this one body and mind. It can get weak, rusty and sick if it is neglected. Make yourself a priority. The best reward is when you notice your own ‘blooming’.

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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.