Deforestation in Haiti – Reforestation Project

Haiti and the Dominican Republic are on the same island and pretty much divide it in half. Haiti has been in the news recently because of the Jan 12, 2010 magnitude 7 earthquake that destroyed Port-aux-Prince. With that coverage their has been some talk about how deforested Haiti is. In the image to the left you see a portion of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. On the left side of the image you see mostly brown and on the right side you see mostly green. Haiti is on the left, the Dominican Republic is on the right. The white spots are clouds. Haiti is fairly typical o...
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Silence

Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence... If you ask him: "What is silence?" he will answer "It is the Great Mystery. The holy silence is his voice." If you ask: "What are the fruits of silence?" he will say: "They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character." Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Eastman) 1858 - 1939 Santee Sioux
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Some thoughts: The Touch of the Earth

The touch of the earth is not something many of us have ever felt or feel on a regular basis. We are so wrapped up in our lives that we don't connect or reconnect with the earth which provides us with what we need to live. To indigenous peoples the earth is alive and touch is a wonderful healing experience. Since the earth has the power to feed us and provide us with medicine the simple act of walking barefoot, lying on the ground or sitting on the ground is a great way to relax, destress and let go of problems. Science is showing that everything is energy so by blocking or muting good h...
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The Touch of the Earth

The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth inst...
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Some thoughts: He fits into the landscape

Fitting into the landscape is a lifestyle it is not a means of camouflage. It means to be at peace and work with what is available to live your life. You never take more than you need and you give back what you can so that life can continue. You don't consume as in today's western way of thinking. You think and live your life concerned for generations unconceived. You think about how your actions affect the environment. You are respectful to and honor all your relations - as the Lakota say: mitakuye oyasin. You remember your roots, where you came from.
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