The Greater Mercy Foundation
Returning to our nature

Amy Lyles

Amy Lyles is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Ropes Course/Challenge Course Facilitator, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified by International Association of Yoga Therapist - CIAYT, and Sound Therapist.   She has served in public education, private practice, as a yoga therapist, and in agency settings for nearly three decades.  She currently serves students in Wimberley ISD, her hometown, and loves to spend time with her family, friends, dogs, and playing in nature, especially the Blanco River.  

 

I come to The Greater Mercy Foundation as both a giver and receiver of it’s mercy.  It is my hope that being a practitioner with this collective will allow these blurring of the lines between giver and receiver to continue. Exemplified by Rumi’s poem The Guest House: 

 

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,

 

I truly believe that each person that I have ever had contact with has been sent as a guide, and I am now more uniquely qualified to support others because of knowing them. Healing, therefore is cooperative. I had been a Licensed Professional Counselor for decades before realizing that there are moments in our lives where words fall short.  I had been a Registered Play Therapist for decades before realizing that this experiential modality only reaches our young people.  A disabling chronic illness in my family, multiple cancer diagnosis, and a multitude of trauma has completely transformed the way that I serve.  I began to seek answers to where I felt traditional therapies fell short, and found Yoga Therapy on the path to wellness.  These guests of illness, floods, and trauma cleared the way for a deep, compassionate, and grounded in the body way of being that I offer others. All of my previous training, anyone whom I have ever met, Yoga Therapy training, and my life experiences are all held together by The Greater Mercy and The Truth of the Greater Mercy is that it has the power of transformation and healing because it includes ALL OF US.