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 not the same man and it is not the same river.” Change is exciting, enriching, scary and humbling all at once. Some people welcome change, others have a hard time with it. No matter what we think, change is a fact, an undeniable part of life.

Changes are microscopic at first before being obvious to us, like our aging. Or they are sudden and overwhelming and shock us. We have to accept change, make the best of it somehow. The fact that things change alters our perspective. It keeps things alive and going. If nothing changed we would have stagnation all around us. Pretty deadly.

But the best thing about change is that we can change our mind. Our control over things may be limited but at least we can figure out how best to roll with the punches. We can reinvent ourselves, express our feelings, grow spiritually, share our beliefs, insights and discoveries. Most of us don’t think much about the existence of change in our lives.

I remember when I first moved to Modesto in 1994. It was kind of an uneventful place then. Lots of things have changed since. Now we can buy anything we fancy in our own valley. There’s all kinds of entertainment, even a big Performing Arts Center. There are so many good restaurants, cool cafes and bars. Plenty of good ethnic and organic food markets to chose from.

And : We have the Modesto View! For more info : taichi4modesto.com

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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.