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.


‘Tears of Color’ art exhibit displays struggles of Israeli patients with eating disorders

“Eating disorder patients are often among the most articulate people,” explained Yehudit Arad, exhibit curator and a renowned Israeli art therapist. “But when it comes to talking about their eating disorders, they cannot express themselves, or they have learned what they are supposed to say.”

Art, Arad said, helps these patients to open up. Through Arad’s guidance and a series of exercises, the patients are able to tap into the gap between what they show on the outside and what they feel on the inside. When used in conjunction with other therapies such as counseling, medication, and nutritional support, art therapy can serve a vital role in eating-disorder patients’ recovery, according to Arad.

“They learn to see themselves through the colors, lines and drawings,” she said. “These tell a story. It helps the words come out. Often they have no voice. On the canvas they find their voice.”

Read the full article and view some of the art:

Eating Disorders of York Region made the connection that enabled a youth at risk to be mentored by an artist and participate in Mentorship in Motion

Elisabeth, Janice, Mehvish

Pictured above are new EDOYR Board members Elisabeth Smitko and Mehvish Rizvi with Executive Director, Janice Morgante, as Mentorship in Motion concludes its tour of York Region.

EDOYR is working to launch a therapeutic arts centre.  If you would like to contribute to this new project, please contact us at

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We are grateful to friends from coast to coast for their support and for sharing their inspiration.   Enjoy the lovely images sent to us from Linda, a new friend from Cape Breton.

“I take my inspiration from paying attention to my everyday life…..the forests, the flowers, the wild life – my friends and family!   Taking a daily walk around either the pond on our property or the forest, or perhaps the village of Baddeck, offers me an opportunity to be present with what is.   I often find my images reflective of my inner state of being.”  – Linda

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About Linda –
I immigrated to Canada in 1974, when I was 23 years old, from Scotland.   Lived most of the past 30 – 35 years in Ontario where I was a full time potter since 1987.   My identical twin daughters, Morgan and Bronwyn, are 24 years old and we all lived in Muskoka till 2007.   I moved to Cape Breton Island in 2009 where I now share my life with my new partner Terry.  I continue to be a full time potter and now part time photographer.

Michael Ferrel introduced us to Linda and so, it seemed appropriate to include his short poem, here.Like Stone Soup  *
Friends send me homemade photos,
The morsels of their life;
What occurred while they were walking,
Their children at play,
Their projects or works-in-progress,
The unpredictable antics of their pets,
The surprise of the seasons,
A pose of their loved one at rest.
Their snapshots form a random recipe,
The savoury snacks and delicacies
Of their loved and ordinary life.
A stone soup, a fragile legacy
Of brief moments keenly shared.* The following is the Wikipedia version of the “Stone Soup” folk tale for those who are not familiar with it.
“Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. Then the travellers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stonein it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they are making “stone soup“, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavour, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all”.Michael will facilitate some of the future poetry writing workshops at EDOYR.  Michael lives in Toronto and works with disabled adults.  He has self-published four poetry chapbooks and has a poetry blog;  He was influenced by Leonard Cohen, R. Rilke, and Emily Dickinson.


Another gallery comes from Nisha Thomas, EDOYR Summer Community Outreach Coordinator and former Social Work placement student. Nisha loves photography and allowed us to share her beautiful work here.

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