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 – Life’s Lessons

ZenView – Life’s Lessons

By Mary Layton Life’s Lessons The best thing about getting older is that we may actually learn from our mistakes and change the way we have been thinking. I love how Abraham Lincoln puts it: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Looking back on my own life I […]

ZenView – This Time

ZenView – This Time

By Mary Layton When I talk to people about their experience of time, everyone says that time seems to go by faster. I think, maybe the fact that the world has been going through so many changes in the past 3 years has something to do with a sense of urgency. Are we running out […]

ZenView: Necessity

ZenView: Necessity

ZenView: Necessity Mary Layton  I knew a wise man who always used to ask : “Is it necessary ?” – I think this is a really good question that I can apply to anything I think or do all day long! It is amazing when you find out that a lot of what we think […]

By October 6, 2021 Read More →
ZenView- Finding Serenity

ZenView- Finding Serenity

ZenView Mary Layton Looking for Serenity What is serenity? The Oxford dictionary defines it as: “ The state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled.” The goal of meditation is to reach a state of serenity that is when your mind is still and calm. We live in unprecedented times. Our world is changing in front […]

By August 31, 2021 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Harmony

ZenView – Harmony

ZenView Harmony By Mary Layton Harmony? What is it? Any time I watch a flock of geese flying in formation it looks like they have that harmony down. It is an exhilarating experience for me. What magic! To experience a little harmony in your day can do wonders to help unwind and recuperate. In an […]

By August 11, 2021 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView: Harmony

ZenView: Harmony

ZenView: HarmonyBy Mary Layton Harmony?  What is it?Any time I watch a flock of geese flying in formation it looks like they have that harmony down.It is an exhilarating experience for me.  What magic!  To experience a little harmony in your day can do wonders to help unwind and recuperate. In an orchestra, everyone has […]

By August 3, 2021 Read More →
ZenView: Rewards of Being Human

ZenView: Rewards of Being Human

ZenView: Rewards of Being HumanBy Mary LaytonWhat are the rewards in your life? Many of us may feel that as long as we have fun and excitement in our lives everything will be good. Having fun is such a welcome reward for putting up with life’s challenges and disappointments.  We need to have fun. But […]

By July 6, 2021 Read More →
ZenView: Detaching from the Past

ZenView: Detaching from the Past

ZenView: Detaching from the PastBy Mary Layton Looking back to my old life I feel a sense of bereavement and loss. As much as I wish that things were still like before I am learning to accept once again that everything comes to an end at some point. My schedule and routines have changed and […]

By March 31, 2021 Read More →
ZenView – New Energy

ZenView – New Energy

By Mary Layton New Energy I have been busy lately, the days go by so fast and some days I forgot if I’ve eaten. There’s so much to do, projects, daily chores, organizing, reorganizing, helping friends move, out of the old and in with the new. I seem to be in perpetual motion. I’ve been […]

By November 5, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Lost and Found

ZenView – Lost and Found

ZenView By Mary Layton Lost and Found Have you ever desperately searched for a lost item and while you were turning your house upside down looking for that thing, you found something else that you had been looking for a long time ago but had given up on ever finding again? I have. It’s one […]

By October 9, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Necessity

ZenView – Necessity

ZenView By Mary Layton Necessity “Necessity is the mother of invention” is a saying that popped into my mind the other day. Our lives have changed so much and keep changing week to week as we have gone through reopening of businesses to having them close again. Seems like in these uncertain times it really […]

ZenView – Transition

ZenView – Transition

ZenView By Mary Layton Transition I would have never thought to witness this experience that we are all now going through in the world. It has given us cause to learn how to transition from old practices of going about our lives and our businesses to more modern and progressive ways of doing things. Whether […]

ZenView – Flexibility

ZenView – Flexibility

ZenView By Mary Layton Flexibility The 3rd month into living in the world of COVID 19, I find that the shock waves are lessening. Certainly news of some businesses being allowed to reopen has helped. I’m beginning to relax. Evidence of how people have rallied for mutual support has been amazing. It’s so obvious to […]

ZenView – Purpose

ZenView – Purpose

By Mary Layton Purpose Not going to work certainly takes away the one thing that gives purpose to our lives. We go to work in order to provide food and shelter, pay the bills. Our work, our jobs have given us a purpose and an identity. What now that we are being asked to stay […]

ZenView – Benevolence

ZenView – Benevolence

ZenView Mary Layton Benevolence Do you know that song “Show me what love is“? Just heard it again the other day on AGT. Pets, no doubt, are the best in showing us what love is. Thank God for them. But when it comes to relationships with humans many of us wonder what love is, how […]

By February 12, 2020 0 Comments Read More →