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Meditation Museum RV rolls through Silver Spring for Thanksgiving parade

Friday - 11/22/2013, 10:18am  ET

Silver Spring's Meditation Museum is hitting the road with its new RV for the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Taking the RV for a spin

WTOP's Rachel Nania reports.


Getting into the holiday spirit with meditation

WTOP's Rachel Nania reports.


WASHINGTON - This weekend, plenty of local clubs, businesses and organizations will show off their holiday spirit at the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade.

But for one Maryland organization, getting in the spirit means getting spiritual -- in a RV.

For the past three years, Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, Md., participated in the parade by driving a classic Mercedes convertible with some of her museum team members.

"All the sisters and the kids would walk around (the car) with angel wings and bubbles," says Sister Jenna, who explains that her name signifies kindness and respect, not religion.

But this year, Sister Jenna is ditching the angel wings for a set of big wheels.

About a year and a half ago, the museum, located on Georgia Avenue, received a RV as a donation, with the intent to travel across the country to meet individuals and groups interested in meditation.

"We wanted to travel around the U.S., anyhow, and just stop at different places and invite people into a place of understanding and silence and power," says Sister Jenna, who named the RV tour "America Meditating."

"The real intent was to have a place where people can come to and just figure themselves out, de-stress, get clear."

But before heading out on the big journey, Sister Jenna and her team will show off the RV to the local community.

When the RV is parked after the parade, everyone will be invited to come see the vehicle, which has a sofa, a kitchen, a bedroom -- soon to be converted into a meditation room -- and a colorful changing light display, which is undoubtedly Sister Jenna's favorite feature.

"When you come in at night, it's like ‘Come into my space and be silent.' It's very lovely," she says.

The RV also has a large sticker map of the U.S. on the kitchen table, which will help Sister Jenna and her team on their journey.

"So when we stop at all the places, we can just X-mark the spot," she says.

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m., and will be held rain or shine. In addition to the Meditation Museum's RV, the parade will also feature giant balloons, a variety of floats, high school marching bands and dancing groups.

Plus, Santa, his sleigh and all of his elves plan to make an appearance.

The parade begins at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.

Sister Jenna says participating in the Thanksgiving Parade is a reminder of everything for which there is to be thankful.

"As we're approaching Thanksgiving, the first person we need to say thanks to is ourselves … When you can start to do that for you, you can extend that to another person who's been short with you," Sister Jenna says.

Take a tour of the meditation RV with Sister Jenna and Meghan Mulvenna:

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