Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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Embracing Otherness

TED Talk: Embracing Otherness

In her TED Talk Thandie Newton describes how dancing allowed her to show her true colours. She explains that being in the movement of dance connected her to other things. She explains that we must be awareness of our oneness. We must find what connects us to the world and live in oneness. We must connect ourselves to other people and other things. Through self-acceptance we can then connect to others where we can be aware of each other and the issues that affect the global community.

Join us for our 100in1day event on June 7th from 12:00 -3:00pm at 15213 Yonge Street (Yonge & Wellington in Aurora). We will be outside in good weather and inside if raining, in our art gallery.

Visit to learn more about 100in1day

Visit to learn more about our Show Your True Colours event.


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Support for those with PTSD: i Run and Rock


What is PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)?

Years ago it was referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome…PTSD is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic/terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster. PTSD or other psychological injury after a workplace trauma occurs in 15 to 25 per cent of all emergency workers. Family members can also develop PTSD and vicarious trauma. Often people who experience a traumatic event will have reactions that may include shock, anger, nervousness, fear, and even guilt. These reactions are common; and for most people, they go away over time. For a person with PTSD, however, these feelings continue and even increase, becoming so strong that they keep the person from living a normal life. People with PTSD have symptoms for longer than one month and cannot function as well as before the event occurred.

i Run And Rock is a one day, annual event designed to raise awareness about first responders, emergency workers and military employees living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is a great way to get the whole family involved in a great cause.  It involves a 1, 5, and 10 km run along with an evening concert where JUNO Award winners Glass Tiger will perform.

WHO: i Run & Rock-United by Trauma

What: 1, 5, 10k Run followed by a Rock Concert

Why: To help those affected with PTSD by raising awareness and providing outreach programs.

When: May 31st 2014 Opening Ceremonies at 3:30pm, Run starts at 4pm! Rock Starts at 5pm.

Where: 100 Eagle Street West Newmarket, Ontario

Register online for the Run $40 individual $60 Family Pass (Run Registration includes t-shirts and admission to Rock Concert) Rock Concert $20-Headlining Glass Tiger

 *All proceeds raised during the event will directly support the emergency responder outreach programs within the York Region and Newmarket area.

To register:

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The Auroran Features our Open House!

Confidence, emotion building art to be showcased in new downtown art gallery.

“I have always thought it would be wonderful to have space where there is an activity that is healthy and helpful, but didn’t involve talking if you didn’t want to talk,” says Janice Morgante, Executive Director of Riverwalk. “We have movement with yoga and Tai Chi, we have walked in nature as a group when the weather is lovely, and I thought art would be another form of movement.”

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Durham Rape Crisis Centre presents a forum on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

On Wednesday May 21st, Carina Cappuccitti and I attended a forum on human trafficking at Trent University in Oshawa. This was a great day filled with passionate speakers discussing the important topic of human trafficking. There were 4 speakers who presented various needs assessments as well as new perspectives on the intersectionality of human trafficking throughout the daylong event. The speakers all had one thing in common: passion. They were all very passionate about this topic and were very good at opening a conversation that needs to be had within our community. The crisis of human trafficking is not just something that is happening in urban cities. York Region and Durham Region have been affected greatly.

I found this forum to be particularly moving because of the survivor speaker who told her powerful story to the audience. Having a survivor of human trafficking tell her story makes this crisis all too real. Hearing what one person has gone through as result of human trafficking is eye opening to say the least. Something must be done to create change. So many people are being affected and so many lives are being ruined because of the demand for human trafficking.

In order to stimulate change in our communities the doors need to be open for people to have these conversations. Human trafficking is very much a part of our society and in order to create change we have to first understand why it is happening. This forum addressed many concerns around causes of human trafficking as well as how we can move forward and implement changes in order to better sustain the community we want to live in and help those around us who are suffering.

By Lindsay Deeley, summer student

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100 in 1 Day – What is it?

“The goal is to have 100 low-cost, low-impact projects aimed at disrupting the sometimes grim, distracted and lonely routines of urban life by engaging people and enlivening public spaces.” (From 100 in 1 Day Toronto Facebook page)

From 100in1Day FAQ
About 100in1 Day Toronto

What is 100in1Day?
100in1Day is a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities.
Originating in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012, it has encouraged hundreds of one-day community-based interventions in cities around the world with things like street art, urban gardens, beautification projects, social events, and improvements in city infrastructure all being profiled in a city-wide festival on June 7, 2014.

Who can participate? 
Anyone can participate! Old or young, new to the city, or lifetime resident. June 7 is a day of possibility – where you can re-imagine your city. If you’ve ever had an idea for your neighbourhood or community, here is your chance to test it out. You can also come and take a look at the interventions themselves on June 7 if you just wanted to learn what people are getting up to.

How did 100in1Day start? 
100en1dia started in 2012 by a group of students that intended to launch six urban interventions that would maximize the potential of the city. Over beers they decided to be more ambitious, and launch 100 urban interventions, that would take place in one day. On May 25, 2012, over 250 urban interventions took place in Bogotá, and a phenomenon was born, that has since spread to over 14 cities around the world.

Which cities have celebrated 100in1Day?
In 2012,100in1Day launched in Bogotá, Columbia. In 2013, the festival extended to: Cape Town, South Africa; San José, Costa Rica; Copenhagen, Denmark; Montreal, Canada; Santiago, Chile, El Salvador; Managua, Nicaragua; Malmö, Sweden and Kaluga, Russia.
In 2014 this celebration will also include: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tijuana, Mexico, Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver, Canada.

For more about 100in1 Day and to submit your own intervention, visit