Through the process of rebuilding ourselves, key themes emerged that became the foundation of The Ohm Store's philosophy.
Physical health is strongly influenced by our emotional and spiritual state. As disease states unfolded, Frank and Nikki were able to trace back each major physical breakdown to emotional and spiritual dysfunction. Simply put, chronic worrying and stress, lack of full self expression, lying, hiding, not meaning what one says or saying what one doesn’t mean can pollute our emotions. Being mentally, emotionally and spiritually unwell was a recipe for physical degradation.
Technology’s promise to connect us can actually lead to real life isolation. Although we can be in contact with hundreds or even thousands of people through social media, Frank and Nikki got the message that this is not a substitute for real life tribe building. During Frank’s darkest period, the only contact he had with people was through text messages and social media. Isolation and disease caused him to feel unworthy, weak and ashamed, leading to further isolation. It wasn’t until he was no longer able to take care of himself and had to move back into the family home that he realized the healing power of togetherness in real life.
The things we touch, touch us. We are living in a time where gigantic companies are commoditizing everything in the world. As they are pushing for more automation and outsourcing the creation of every product to mass production in factories, we can end up living in a world of soul-less, faceless and potentially worthless items that are made to be cheap rather than last and provide value for generations to come. Frank and Nikki decided to invest in products that passed through the hands of individual artisans, and then made the move to bring these types of products to the world at scale.
Going beyond its purpose as a powerful mindfulness tool, the singing bowl brought Frank and Nikki a sense of connectedness to something bigger. There was something inspiring about practicing a Nepalese mindfulness ritual with a singing bowl that was hand-hammered by someone 7000 miles away. You feel connected to the artisans, real people who put thought and effort into every item they produce. Wanting to share this feeling of connectedness with the world, the siblings began looking for different mindfulness rituals from around the world. Rituals that would help cut through the clutter, technological or otherwise, of life and allow people to enjoy the present moment.