Making Room for Joy, by Susan Beyler

When I was a young girl, Lent seemed to be about giving up something that gave you joy.  I embraced the discipline of sacrifice.  As I became older, it lost any impact.

Now, as an adult, I celebrate Lent as an opportunity to commit to giving up something that will make room for joy.

This year, it started out as ‘I will give up judgement’.  That lasted one trip down I-440. 

I modified it to: I will give up following up my judgement with justifying stories and revisiting the event.

It’s working much better – and, making room for joy!

Susan Beyler, Integrative Therapist



Susan Beyler

Susan graduated from the seven year program with The School of Self Healing Arts in 2001. She has been on staff at the school for 7 years and she has a private practice as a pastoral counselor with The Estuary. As a Montessori teacher for many years she has experience working with human inner growth and development. With her midwife training she is able to “birth” the spiritual growth so necessary to living a whole and meaningful life. She works with individuals accompanying them on their journey to a full relationship with themselves and their lives. Susan specializes in energy therapies with family of origin issues, addiction, depression, coupleship and trauma. She does hands on energy work with physical health issues and emotional balancing and strengthening. Drawing on her experience as a middle school teacher, she offers therapeutic workshops in subjects such as healthy boundaries, grief and loss, and relationship skills. She lived on The Farm (one of the oldest running intentional communities known for its midwifery, vegetarian cuisine, and alternative technology) for many years, and is a grandmother.