Local Non-Profit: Meditation Museum – Sister Jenna

I first walked in to the Meditation Museum having been invited to cover a current exhibit. My expectations were to find a quaint and quiet gallery that housed a few pieces of reflection and maybe space for a few classes of guided meditation and exercises.

I quickly learned that my expectations were misconceptions and that this space was far more than a “tucked away” museum gallery. I was stuck, I knew that there was an entirely different story that was meant to be told and that my notepad and camera were not the right tools. I was given a thorough tour and discussed the space, then asked if I could schedule a return visit and sit down with one of the Meditation Museum’s leaders, Sister Jenna.

I returned without camera, but instead brought my recorder. During my walkthrough it was quickly apparent that the present appearance of the Meditation Museum was not what the space was about. It spoke nothing of the history, mission, resources or work that occurred there. Whatever description and pictures I could deliver would offer no justice to the museum or audience. I was a passerby amongst a 16 year history of work and community dedication. It was not my right to share such underdeveloped insights (with that said I will keep my writings brief). My task was to allow Sister Jenna to share her story of the Meditation Museum.

The main points of our conversation included the atmosphere of the space itself. The space, while not focused on a single religion or set of beliefs is very spiritual. As Sister Jenna says, “You can feel you are in a different space, it is a different world.” It is also important to mention that the Meditation Museum is not traditional as a museum in the sense of keeping to yourself while reflecting on pieces as an individual and moving through the space.

Sister Jenna shares, “We have over 200 programs per year here.” These programs range from guided sessions of meditation to stress and anger management techniques and even courses on finance and life management. Sister Jenna urges that people look past their misconceptions of meditation or even spirituality. “We believe meditation is a sitting down and don’t do anything affair…” But in actuality “It is a very proactive way of life.” The mission of the Meditation Museum is to help people connect with what it is they need for fulfillment. “It is more than a museum… nobody leaves here unfulfilled and learned. They leave here figuring something out about who they are.”

As far as experiencing the museum itself and future visitors Sister Jenna states “I would like them (people) to stop running away from themselves.” and would “like them to look inside themselves and see the most beautiful human being.”

I ask that you please take the time to listen to my interview with Sister Jenna and hear the full story of the Meditation Museum the way it was meant to be shared. They are currently searching for a new location, but you can visit them now at 8236 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

You can also visit their website for details on their upcoming events, courses and various media offerings including both TV and radio programs hosted by Sister Jenna.

Nate Fisher
I am part Dramatic Writer, part Forensic Scientist, a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades and all child at heart. I joined Silver Spring Inc as Content Manager in June 2014 and haven’t stopped smiling since. I’m passionate about movies, nostalgia, meeting new friends, making people smile and helping them accomplish their dreams. As a newcomer to Silver Spring I just want to keep watching and see where it’s going. From an outside perspective, it was clear upon moving here that there is something very special happening in this city right now. It’s my mission to help the Silver Spring community continue to grow and enjoy the ride.

12 COMMENTS
  • santosh
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    Hi, Its my fortune to be at a place like Meditation Museum. I always enjoy the energy, people, workshops, you name it….
    I hope that many such Museums all around the US happen soon for everyone to benefit.

    1. Nate Fisher
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      Santosh,
      I couldn’t agree more. The Meditation Museum is a great space and program. I am so glad they reached out to me so that I could experience it.

  • Julio
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    It is a magnificent, magical place. USA should have at least one Museum per State. A different knowledge is acquired. Meditation Museum offers great workshops, great community events. We, as a society, as a community, definitely need more places like the Meditation Museum for everyone to benefit like suggested by last comment.

    1. Nate Fisher
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      Julio,
      I’m for it! We at Silver Spring Inc look forward to collaborating with the folks at the Meditation Museum. We hope they stay in the area. While we may not be able to implement numerous locations, I think what we can do is push the sense of love and peace of the Meditation Museum outside of the structural foundations and spread it throughout the community. The Mediation Museum has several ideas/ upcoming plans that we would love to help them implement that would continue to tie the Silver Spring community together and allow a “Pause for Peace” throughout our city.

  • Meagan Healy
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    Really interesting – Nice article/introduction on another Meditation group in the Montgomery County, MD area. I had seen this in the area, but had never gone in. Thanks!

    1. Nate Fisher
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      Hey Meagan, Thanks so much! It is a really special space. Something that is immediately noticed once you walk in the door, but difficult to articulate. I would highly encourage anyone to visit. Even just to take pause and stop that familiar sensation of “getting through” the day.

  • Tillu
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    It’s a very beautiful space which enables us to expand our understanding of the nature of our mind and the higher energy.

    Thanks for offering us your services which is truly amazing*

    1. Nate Fisher
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      Hi Tilu,
      It is a great space. I really hope they are able to relocate within the Silver Spring area. It is unfortunate they have to move, but I look forward to them reestablishing the tranquility their current residence has to wherever their new home is.

  • Judy Satterley
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    I had an opportunity this past October to visit the Meditation Museum and attend a fantastic workshop on “Listening”. The space creates a peace inside you that is difficult to describe. Thank you for this wonderful article!

    1. Nate Fisher
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      Thank you Judy. You are absolutely right about the space!

  • Boosaba
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    Thanks for introducing us to this interesting place in Silver Spring. Looking forward to checking out one of their talks or guided meditations now!

    1. Nate Fisher
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      Hey Boosaba,
      No problem! I definitely want to hear how your visit goes!

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