Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I realised I knew nothing. For years I’ve been in the red alert due to the environmental crisis we’re facing. I tried taking a lot of different angles to find my place to contribute, from talking to people directly, doing climate activist actions, climate change advocacy, working on innovation solutions that would help minimise it and currently helping to preserve reefs through an initiative of the UN Environment and The Reef-World Foundation. All of the above are pieces of the puzzle.
Through a long process of inner work I realised that the most important piece through lies inside, and that determines our outside, how we relate to ourselves, other people and the environment.
‘The most important piece lies inside, and that determines our outside.’
For years I thought I was aware, until I became aware of what I didn’t know a few weeks ago, when I had the most romantic date with myself. Vales where shred to pieces, the ego stepped aside. I felt and heard myself, my soul and my body deeply. I finally listened to what my cells in my body were telling me and how they wired to support the fast-paced and anxious lifestyle I was living. Getting real with myself was hard, because I heard the stories I’ve been telling myself to protect my ego which has built its own beliefs in relation to social constructs we have been exposed to as the only truth, the way to succeed and be accepted.
As challenging as it was, it felt so good to see and feel the truth, to see all the beauty that was not seen before, to hear all the messages that were not heard, to feel all sensations, to experience everything that could not have been experienced before. And finally, to be ok with the fact that there is more depth I’m not aware of, and that is ok because the journey is all that is and all that matters.
‘Getting real with myself was hard, because I heard the stories I’ve been telling myself to protect my ego.’
My friend Benjamin (New World Together) summarised it well recently, we have an infinite potential for growth on the inside, but not on the outside at least on our finite planet, and currently we’re focused on the outside which is not sustainable.
Isn’t it time to stop putting the head in the sand, and ignoring all messages we’re receiving, that are screaming to be heard? Isn’t it time to stop ignoring the fact that whatever we do has an impact on ourselves, on other people and our home, Earth?
If we can feel ourselves deeply and truly, we can feel others, we can feel Earth. If we deeply trust ourselves, we will trust others. If we deeply take care of ourselves, we will be able to take care of others and we will take care of mother Earth we share collectively. We are a drop in the ocean, we’re so small when we’re alone but we are so powerful collectively.
Ultimately I believe that we all are moving towards the same goal, to realise our human potential and to experience love. The beautiful journey of discovering our human (internal) potential is a way for us to live a fulfilled life and can lead to profound long-term changes on the outside manifested through relationship to others, the environment around us, and Planet Earth. The changes we all want to see in the world but currently think are out of our reach, are in fact in our power and start with us. It takes courage to recognise and step into that power, it’s not easy, but it’s damn worth it.
‘ We have an infinite potential for growth on the inside, but not on the outside at least on our finite planet, and currently we’re focused on the outside which is not sustainable.’
Integrating different elements and deeply trusting and sharpening my intuition has helped me to understand my mission.
My ultimate soul mission is to experience love, life and contribute to uplifting humanity's consciousness that will help humans to live our true essence, in balance with Earth's ecosystems we’re a part of.
A few months ago, for the first time I allowed myself to be creative and to design the perfect society I would like to see in the world. From that ecosystem I narrowed and narrowed down to the smallest parts and resources. I finally ended up selecting plastic, in order to build a tangible and actionable solution around it, as a first step, keeping in mind the vision of building that sustainable and heart centred society.
'My ultimate soul mission is to experience love, life and contribute to uplifting humanity's consciousness that will help humans to live our true essence, in balance with Earth's ecosystems we’re a part of.'
The birth and the foundations of Ocean Goddesses
Through a synchronistic set of circumstances, which involved deciding to make a recycled dress for my best friend’s wedding, Ocean Goddesses was born. The first Ocean Goddesses collection of dresses is made using 78% recycled nylon yarn fabric. The collection started as an idea for tackling the plastic waste problem through recycled fashion and initiating conscious conversations. It has since created a movement. Womxn express themselves and what they stand for in the world through sensual and meaningful apparel.
Essentially, Ocean Goddesses is based on a three principles model, building on top of a framework developed by researchers Rebecca Earley and Kate Goldsworth called: Change the Model, Material, Mindset.
Model • People and Planet over profit. Ocean Goddesses ensures highest possible standards for fair treatment and payment of people who manufacture the dresses. The brand supports related causes and directly supports alternative access to clothes (ie. clothes swaps).
Material • The fabric is made using 78% recycled nylon, such as ghost nets, carpets and plastic from the ocean and landfills. Post production scraps are up-cycled to create new products and there is no waste created throughout the process. Recycling something that was waste is a tool for raising awareness of the problem and the short-term solutions. The future is exciting because of the innovation going on globally with biomaterials and Ocean Goddesses is excited to step into that field when the right opportunity comes.
Mindset • Ocean Goddesses promotes sustainable consumption. With 10% of global carbon emissions coming from our closets, it’s up to individuals to make personal choices to change this. The brand supports individuals on that journey by connecting them to their WHY and highlighting associated benefits such as better quality of life, better expression of one-self and contribution to society, which can trickle down to tangible impacts individually, in their work and how they relate to our society and Earth.
Each colour of the current collection promotes a specific marine ecosystem, such as coral reefs, ocean, seaweed, to help people get closer to these important ecosystems.
The Ocean Goddesses tribe amplifies the impact through inspiring each other and initiating conscious conversations with others, thus helping raise awareness.
'The collection started as an idea for tackling the plastic waste problem through recycled fashion and initiating conscious conversations. It has since created a movement. Womxn express themselves and what they stand for in the world through sensual and meaningful apparel.'
It's incredible to see how the ever-growing Ocean Goddesses community has responded to this mission and I'm beyond grateful for every single person that we reach, hopefully helping them make more conscious choices, initiate conversations in their communities and contribute towards progressing our society.
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