Design guidelines of the First Leaf collection

“ Co-creation is about making choices while facing the vastness of possibilities that present themselves in any given moment. If we want to co-create a life, true to our nature, our choices will have to be grounded in our needs. ” - Steven Pauwels.

1. Introduction.

On my first exploration through India, I found myself overwhelmed by its offerings. The vastness of possibilities blew my mind. Just having the intention to explore, opens up what we become aware of, much like a child explores the world. It became clear that I had to find a different way of making choices. I […]

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2.1. Being authentic.

In my quest to make the most natural creations, I encountered many ways of deceit & lies in the form of fake certificates and hidden practices. Lacquered mango wood, for example, is offered as finished teak wood and many organic labels are handed out or sold to keep businesses alive. It definitely awakened my presence. Each […]

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2.2. Being unique and different.

Traveling to India to create my first collection automatically brought along stepping out of my “normal”. Almost everything, from taking a shower, having breakfast, to means of transportation and timings, was out of my “normal”. Many experiences were rather frustrating, unpleasant to say the least. Break-throughs and new insights came along, each time I was […]

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2.3. Meaningful

My inner experiences through life activated my need to find deeper meaning. It is one of the main reasons I founded Scent&Sense, to begin with. Meaning and the search thereof has always been present in my mind. I heard many sayings and opinions about meaning. Not finding any meaning held me from engaging with potential. If […]

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2.4. Being touched and awaken all my senses.

Our five outer senses allow us to explore and taste our experience of reality. All sacred places in India activate as much of our senses as possible with incense, bells, shiny statues, food offerings,  flowers and more …   Focussing on our senses brings us in touch with the present moment, it is the only moment […]

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2.5. Giving and receiving from my heart.

Dealing with hidden agendas, together with conditioned giving and receiving through-out my life’s experiences lay at the basis of this deeply rooted need.  As I reflected on this topic, I came in touch with my own unconscious conditioning about giving and receiving. A whole network of mechanisms lay nested in these dynamics. It touches upon […]

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2.6. Being worthy, while remaining humble.

In the process of creation, many choices have to be made. Much like in our day-to-day life really, although it took time to be fully aware of the potential of choices we all have available in a single day. A vast majority of them, we don’t even consider to be a choice. Knowing that we […]

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2.7. Contributing beyond myself.

Although learning how to care for myself was probably the most important choice I ever made, it wouldn’t mean much if this taking care wouldn’t be the foundation to contribute to others. Most of the time, it is the other who makes me stretch for the extra mile.  Helping others is a very tricky subject. […]

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