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 Obstacles to Self Discovery

ZenView Obstacles to Self Discovery

ZenView Mary Layton Obstacles to Self-Discovery The obstacles to fully discovering oneself may be that we are continuously emphasizing certain aspects of ourselves while neglecting others. We say we don’t have time. But it may be a matter of choices we make. Are we really trapped? I have noticed that people have a way of […]

By November 14, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Temptation

ZenView – Temptation

ZenView Mary Layton Temptation Generally speaking temptation is connected to desire. I want something, crave it, think about it. Whatever one desires, a relationship, an exciting experience, some kind of fantastic adventure, a nice car, candy or lots of money in the bank, when something from the outside triggers that desire one may be tempted […]

By September 28, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Simplicity

ZenView – Simplicity

ZenView Mary Layton A Simpler Life There once was a time, long ago, when people dealt with common problems differently. They relied on home remedies, on common sense, tricks of the trade, and natural cures for common ailments, like colds, headaches, dizzy spells, stomach problems or aching feet. Have we forgotten all about these wonderful […]

By August 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView- The American Spirit

ZenView- The American Spirit

ZenView By Mary Layton The American Spirit There’s definitely something uniquely American about American Graffiti – whether we are talking about George Lucas’ movie that made Modesto famous or the American graffiti as an art genre. As far as I know, graffiti is about recognition. It’s a way of stating one’s identity on a wall […]

Zen View – World T¹ai Chi Day

Zen View – World T¹ai Chi Day

ZenView Mary Layton World T’ai Chi Day World T’ai Chi Day is observed on Saturday, April 27th, 10 am local time, worldwide. What is T’ai Chi? T’ai Chi, also called T’ai Chi Ch’uan , combines deep breathing and relaxation exercises with flowing, circular movements. Originally developed as a martial art in China in the 13th […]

ZenView – Choices

ZenView – Choices

Choices for the New Year by Mary Layton I confess in 2019 I would like to have more time. After giving it some thought I came to the conclusion that the biggest thieves of my precious time are the acquisition of material things and obsessive busy-ness. What I’d like to do is to lighten my […]

By January 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView: Foresight

ZenView: Foresight

ZenView: Foresight By Mary Layton Foresight, having a sense of the future, is essential to our survival and safety. The Chinese have two good proverbs about foresight: “Weaving a net is better than praying for fish at the edge of the water” and “Remember to dig the well long before you get thirsty”. This is […]

By December 4, 2018 Read More →
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ZenView By Mary Layton Faith It’s good to have faith. People who go to church on a regular basis or are devoted to a spiritual practice, when faced with difficult or painful situations, can fall back on faith as a source of comfort and peace. They are not thrown off by struggles and worries; they […]

By November 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – The Journey

ZenView – The Journey

ZenView By Mary Layton The Journey There’s a famous Chinese saying : The journey of ten thousand miles starts with the first step. I wish I could paint or draw. But because I want to paint as good as Picasso I won’t even start. Now, if I would just start with a single, easy step, […]

By October 4, 2018 Read More →
ZenView – Learning

ZenView – Learning

ZenView By Mary Layton The Essence of Learning Our body benefits from a variety of physical activities, i.e. T’ai Chi, swimming, walking and bicycling. But in order for our mind to stay sharp and healthy we need to give it some variety and new input as well. When we exercise our memory we are improving […]

By August 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Identity

ZenView – Identity

ZenView By Mary Layton Identity Who am I? This is the time old question we all wonder about without necessarily being completely sure how to answer it. A while ago I came across an interesting article written by German woman director and producer Doris Doerrie which I’d like to share with you. She gave some […]

ZenView – Unknown

ZenView – Unknown

ZenView By Mary Layton Fear of the unknown Human nature is hungry for information and knowing stuff. We don’t do so well with the unknown. In the ancient world kings would go ask the advice of an oracle or gaze into a crystal ball to see the future. Today we ask Siri, Alexa or go […]

ZenView – Happy New Year of the Dog

ZenView – Happy New Year of the Dog

ZenView By Mary Layton Happy New Year of the Dog Dog lovers out there, you may like to know that this year’s Chinese New Year 2018 beginning Feb 16th, is the year of the Dog! Dogs are known to protect us, are loyal and playful and are our friends. It is said that the year […]

By February 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Zen View  – Self Restraint

Zen View – Self Restraint

ZenView By Mary Layton Self-Restraint Recently I went to visit my T’ai Chi teacher who is a 3rd Generation Grandmaster of T’ai Chi. On the wall in his living room hangs a large Chinese calligraphy of one of the most important principles of T’ai Chi : Self-Restraint. Next to the very powerful looking character of […]

By January 3, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Laughter

ZenView – Laughter

ZenView By Mary Layton Humor I love to laugh. When we were children, my brother and I were always laughing even though we didn’t always have a reason to. Sometimes we were reprimanded: Can’t you be a little more serious? To us a lot of the adults were acting weird and we enjoyed making fun […]

By December 21, 2017 Read More →