NONA starts blogging (is that an olympic sport?)
blah blah blah, more soon :)
Aha! Soon has arrived! What the heck all is going on here!? WHO IS Nona Fender? Well to be honest with myself and you.. I wonder that often. HA! Create a NEW personality and have a whole new series of personality crises! Yes, when i was in my 20’s i heard all these voices in my head and wondered which one i should choose!? One day though after much tearing of hair and tearing of eyes i woke up and realized i am ALL THAT.. yes, it was the mid-90’s in the lower east side art world, we all talked like drag queens.. But for real.. i realized i am every woman - and then i began to sing with as much feeling as Whitney Houston on a good day! Decades later, (wow, really!? time does fly when you’re having fun!), soaked in Yoga, expanded and contracted into the awesomeness and ouchiness of life a million times.. im still feelin it. I am a million different people and so are you. So Nona Fender is whoever i feel like daring to be on any given day, but no matter what accents, influences or styles arise, i commit to her bold, audacious, permission giving, fierce loving essence. We are one great big blob of consciousness morphing in and out of form.. Well, if the universe can do that and i am but a microcosm... Yup, then i get to PLAY with being what i have chosen not to be, what i am too shy to be, what my mama told me not to be, what the tyrant in me would be, what the mad woman might be, what the lover of life IS. I create and hold space for all of us to be free as we might dream we could be. Practice makes perfect. I understand yoga to be a practice of unification and discovery, of uniting all aspects of self... Well, good then this too IS yoga, this crazy merging of healing arts, spiritual activism, theater and musical play. Welcome into the expansion, kids! Feel free to decorate your bawdy temple with anything that you are feeling, put your panties on the outside, your heart on your sleeve and lets rock this world into bright, fully accepting, righteous remembrance of the universal YES! that we all are.. together. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Act like it. LOVE BIG.
We are love activists. We are real people who know that we get to choose how we show up each day. We choose to remember to play and to invite the world in to this play.
In a Benders observation and experience, sickness and suffering of all sorts are first and last about denying, rejecting, ignoring, shaming, or being afraid of any aspect of ourselves or this life. Fullness of being includes seeing, accepting, laughing, crying, singing, & dancing in the fires of a sexy celebration of all of creation!
The idea that we are separate from each other or this earth - this is the cause of suffering and sickness. It's perpetuated with story, justification, distraction, social masks & defensiveness. Benders reveal truth by playing with consciously chosen masks, using our voices, and bodies to express what is feared, denied or hidden. By way of vibration and movement, a Bender finds liberation. Radical self expression brings radical response-ability, which brings us fully to life!
Our days in this incarnation are numbered, the clock is ticking... Be a Bender, welcome yourself - to ALL inclusive living!
Do it now. Before you die...