A Visit To The Meditation Museum & Starting A Meditation Practice

Meditation has been a long known component of good health. It sounds so simple, yet so many people struggle to find the time and make it a regular part of their self-care. Some weeks I can get into it, some not. I just try to be happy when I am putting a few moments into myself and not too hard on myself when life gets busy.

Recently, I visited the Meditation Museum near Washington, DC. The museum was in its final days at their previous location and is now located on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. What a great place! A must-see for anyone looking to learn about the history of meditation and has a variety of special speakers, exhibits, workshops, and interactive displays. It boasts some beautiful artwork as well. There is a informative library which a large collection of meditative music, videos, and books to aid in your exploration of meditation.

Some of their recent and upcoming events include The Art of Letter Writing, World Peace Meditation Hour, 8 Powers for Self-Change, and a spiritual retreat for women in New York. Their in-house trainings have included guided meditations, youth workshops, and Raj Yoga meditation. All their events are free but donations are graciously accepted.

I was so happy to be able to visit such a unique place and it was a huge inspiration for me to keep working at making meditation a regular part of my life. Sometimes you just need a little jump-start!

For more info, visit their website at www.meditationmuseum.org. 

I've included these pictures from the museum's website because sadly, my phone battery had died that day and I was unable to get any pictures of my own:( 


  • Just a few minutes a day can be beneficial. Try to carve it out when you wake up or just before bed. Another great time can be in the shower. You're already there for a few minutes and you can use the time to multi-task. Visualize the water washing away your thoughts-it works!
  • Don't be upset if you can't clear your mind. Acknowledge your thoughts and let them drift away, keep doing it if the thoughts keep coming. 
  • Find a meditation buddy! Much like an exercise partner, having someone else with you that's committed to wellness can help maintain your intention.
  • Check out a meditation class in your area. They are usually led by a professional so you learn good techniques while building community with other like-minded people. 
  • Start out with a guided meditation. It simply requires you to listen and may be an easier way to get comfortable with the practice before you venture out on your own. 

I firmly believe that any time you are putting into yourself is worthwhile. Even if you are meditating a few times a month for a few minutes, it's better than nothing. One time is better than zero times. The more time you devote to self-care, the more you realize that you must be worth the time and effort you're putting forth. Self-worth = Self-Esteem :)

Marisa Etting