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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Rumors Abound

In Haiti, rumors abound. Therefore it is near impossible to get a good handle on what is happening in the country, and especially in the government. There are a few hopeful signs, but others are not. Some programs that the government takes pride in appear good at first glance, but when analyzed more closely, one…

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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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