Ocean Beach resident David Gilbert wasn’t fulfilled doing branding and marketing, so he switched instead after having an epiphany to meditation supply.
Pointing to a book, “Becoming Supernatural,” on the shelf of his newly opened business, Meditations and Manifestations Supply Store, Meditation Supply Store for short at 4799 ½ Voltaire St., Gilbert said, “That’s the book that gave me the idea for opening. It just came to me one night, the full idea for my logo in the front window and this location. I had to jump out of bed and write it down.”
Gilbert noted “Becoming Supernatural” is about “learning the potential to change your inner state and attract things into your life.”
MSS is a one-stop shop combining mindfulness practices, meditation, and technology all under one roof. The store’s mission is to provide a place for the community to cultivate the power of the mind by deepening and expanding mindfulness practices.
Gilbert defined mindfulness as awareness. “Being in the moment, expanding your self-awareness and just that internal journey to understand yourself better, change things mentally, and bring in positive thinking.”
And he picked the right spot to set up shop, given Obecians have always valued yoga, meditation and mindfulness, which are proven pieces of the health and well-being puzzle which many strive for.
Gilbert believes regular mindfulness or meditation practice helps to:
Better express your thoughts and feelings;
Reduce emotional reactions and the intensity of triggers;
Quiet internal chatter so you can gain more focus and clarity;
Redirect self-limiting or negative beliefs (and learn how to recognize them when they appear);
Access your deeper thoughts in both the conscious and subconscious mind;
Use mindset and the power of intention to create new opportunities in your life.
The Meditation Supply Store also offers meditation and mindfulness classes, workshops, and courses; rentable technology on which users can track their results and progress; and meditation supplies such as cushions, books, journals, smudge and essential oils.
MSS carries meditation materials for all ages, even the very young.
“People are starting to be interested for their kids, which is really cool to see,” said Gilbert, a parent himself. “I’ve got some illustrated books for children that tell a story about meditation and mindfulness. One talks about simple breathing, breathing like a bear, and bunny breathes.”
Discussing his meditation shop’s message, Gilbert noted “We’re not hear to push any dogma or any traditional aspect, We’re really here to help people who really want to cultivate more positive, internal feelings. Whether you’re new, or have been meditating a long time, we’re just here to help you expand and deepen your practice.”