Mental Health in Haiti

The Haitian concept of life is essentially religious. Haitians tend to see the world as a vast spiritual arena. For them life is precious. They celebrate life and preserve it.Here there is no room for a purely naturalistic or physical notion of illness. So doing psychology here is quite different than in the States. The…

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Stark Beauty

Beautiful view from the Benedictine Monastery north of Port au Prince. Whenever things get too chaotic, which they often will, I retreat to the Benedictine Monastery, the only monastic community in Haiti. The hospitality of the monks, the periods of silence, and the natural, stark beauty of the mountains calms me, and at the same time…

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Amazing Grace

Meditation in Jeremie  Haiti never ceases to capture my heart… Sunday afternoon in a small rundown church in the middle of the noisy market in Jeremie, with vendors selling their wares yelling out the prices, carnival music wafting in from outside, but inside… 60 young people quietly listening to a presentation on meditation, and then, oh so gently, practicing…

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