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 – 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 →
ZenView – Year of the Rat

ZenView – Year of the Rat

ZenView Mary Layton The Chinese Year of the Rat Amazing, it is the year 2020! Happy New Year to you! May it bring you success, health and peace. The golden 20ties are here! 2020 is the Chinese Year of the White Metal Rat. It starts January 25th 2020 and ends February 11th, 2021. Because the […]

By January 16, 2020 0 Comments Read More →
ZenView – Gratitude

ZenView – Gratitude

ZenView By Mary Layton Gratitude What are you grateful for? Our family decided that we will only get gifts for the kids in the family. I’m grateful for that because I’m not really that fond of the shopping frenzy, or the pressure to find just the perfect gift for everyone. On the other hand if […]

By December 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
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 →