May 31st – Ommm

May 31, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ‘New Agers’. Today is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Meditation Day

National Meditation Day was created in 2007. The goal was to get 10,000,000 people across the world to unite through the power meditation to pump positive energy into our negative world. The theory was that good energy pumped into the world would have huge positive effects. In his book “Permanent Peace: How to Stop Terrorism and War-Now and Forever” author Robert Oates asserts that meditation done by large groups of individuals can cause permanent change. The premise is simple: Like ripples on a pond radiating outward from a pebble’s splash, ripples of orderliness and harmony radiate outward from concentrated groups meditaters. According to Mr. Oates, the evidence for this idea has been repeated and is statistically significant. He claims that not only do signs of social disorder go down; such as violent crime, fires, traffic accidents, warfare, and terrorism, but, signs of coherence and progress go up.
Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of almost all religions in one form or another and has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals — from the achievement of a higher state of consciousness to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.
The word meditation originally comes from the Indo-European root med-, meaning “to measure.” From the root med- are also derived the English words mete, medicine, modest, and moderate. It entered English as meditation through the Latin word meditatio, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved to have the more specific meaning, “contemplation.” In recent times, Far Eastern meditation techniques have been adapted and are increasingly being practiced in Western culture.
I don’t know whether or not any of the gobbledygook above is factual or feasible, but it does tie in nicely with today’s next holiday, which is:

What You Think Upon Grows Day 

Legendary thinkers throughout history have often said that “thoughts are things”, and “what a man thinketh in his heart so is he”. It is also said that “men are makers of themselves”. The gist of all this hoopla is that you control your own destiny. If you think negative thoughts, negative things will happen to you, therefore, the converse must also be true.
We all know a “gloomy Gus” or two and we also know a few people who always put a positive spin on everything. But is there a correlation between their attitude and their success, or lack thereof, in relationships, business, or life in general? What You Think Upon Grows Day asserts that the correlation not only exists but is inevitable. A positive attitude produces a positive result and a negative attitude produces a negative result. I don’t know if this is true or not, but to be safe, try thinking positively today and gauge the results for yourself.
This date was chosen to celebrate What You Think Upon Grows Day because it is the birthdate of one of the pioneers of the modern positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, who was born on this day in 1898. Peale was a renown author, speaker, pastor, and theologian who ministered at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over fifty years.

Save Your Hearing Day 

Save Your Hearing Day serves as a reminder that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected. Hearing loss can be attributed to a number of causes including health, genetic, and environmental. Environmental causes are the ones over which you have the most control. If your job requires you to be around high-decibel noise for prolonged periods of time, be sure to wear adequate hearing protection. Around your home, don’t blare your music at a volume which can be registered on the Richter Scale. The same thing applies when you are driving in your car. Never put anything smaller than your thumb into your ears to clean them. Take time today to learn other ways to prevent hearing loss. It is also a good day to schedule a hearing test with your Healthcare professional.
Authors Note: I speak from experience on this subject. I spent half of my 20+ year military career as a jet aircraft mechanic. Hearing protection was required by the USAF, but, being young. dumb and invincible, I often didn’t heed the warnings about wearing hearing protection. The result: I now have about a 25% hearing loss in my mid-range hearing. I often have to annoyingly ask people to repeat themselves because I missed what they said.

Senior Health & Fitness Day 

Senior Health & Fitness Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in May and is a holiday intended to explore the many senior-friendly physical activity options and to understand the importance of exercise and nutrition for ongoing health and illness prevention. A healthy diet can boost energy and immunity, and regular exercise is necessary to retain bone mass and lower the risk of fractures and to build muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls.
Senior Health & Fitness Day encourages seniors to schedule a health screening, consult with their physician about diet and exercise information, and to set up an exercise regimen. Low-impact, non-competitive exercise programs include stretching, walking and swimming. These programs are designed to increase strength and flexibility without over-stressing the body.

Speak in Complete Sentences Day 

Speak in Complete Sentences Day is a day set aside to celebrate the increasingly lost art of speaking, and writing, properly. As slang, informalism, and social media lingo continue their assault upon the English language, this holiday reminds us of the importance of good language skills.
The origins of Speak in Complete Sentences Day are unclear, but I found references to it as far back as 2004.
OMG, do we really have 2? Well yes, at least for today. In fact, today you can feel free to be the ‘grammar Nazi’ to your heart’s content.

Web Designer Day

Web Designer Day, oddly enough, is about appreciating web designers of the world. Web designers basically make the internet pretty, and the internet would be a drab and boring place without them.
It takes a lot of brainstorming, coding, and long hours of tedium to make a well-designed website.
A good web designer is an invaluable asset to any business. Finding that perfect balance “busy” and “basic” is no easy task. It is the job of a web designer to make their company’s website aesthetically pleasing, yet at the same time make it functional. If a company’s website is too “busy” potential customers might click away because they can’t easily find the information they seek. By the same token, a “basic” drab, dull, “industrial” looking website can be equally a turn-off to potential customers. Striking that perfect balance can be the difference between a company’s success or failure, and the web designer makes that happen.
So if you use a web designer in your business, or you have a web designer among your family or friends, give them a big “Thank You” today.

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day brings awareness of the health issues, and dependency issues related to tobacco use, and stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco.  According to the World Health Organization’s website: The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be an “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
And for the 28th consecutive year, I will not be participating. I tend to ignore ‘holidays’ with the words World, Global, or International in the title as a general rule anyway. I know that I should quit smoking, and someday I will. But it won’t be because of some International holiday. This holiday is not to be confused with the Great American Smokeout which happens in November each year.

National  Macaroon Day 

A macaroon is a small unleavened cake with a crispy outer layer and a moist, chewy center. They use no flour and are made with whipped egg whites and sugar (sometimes also with coconut, potato starch or nuts), and date back to a 9th-century Italian monastery.
Because they are flourless, macaroons are popular among the Jewish community, especially during Passover, where Judaism bans cooking with flour.
Although they are the same size as cookies, macaroons do not contain any flour and therefore do not fall into that classification. The most popular macaroon varieties are coconut, almond, and chocolate.
The word “macaroon” comes from the Italian word for paste: “Maccarone.” A primary ingredient in early macaroon recipes was almond paste. This link will provide you with a more complete history of macaroons.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1859 – In London, Big Ben went into operation. The name Big Ben initially referred to the bell inside the tower but later came to refer to the tower. The clock at the top of Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the British Houses of Parliament is one of the world’s best-known timekeepers.
  • In 1870 – E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.
  • In 1879 – New York’s Madison Square Garden opened.
  • In 1879 – Werner von Siemens presented the world’s first electric locomotive. Von Siemens’ landmark invention was soon used in trains and streetcars worldwide and, in 1881, the world’s first electric train in Berlin, Germany went into operation.
  • In 1880 – The first American national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.
  • In 1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.”
  • In 1907 – The first motorized taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.
  • In 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.
  • In 1913 – The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.
  • In 1915 – A German Zeppelin made an air raid on London.
  • In 1927 – Ford Motor Company produced the last “Tin Lizzie” in order to begin production of the Model A.
  • In 1941 – The first issue of “Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper” went on sale.
  • In 1955 – The Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”
  • In 1961 – South Africa became an independent republic. Following international criticism of the country’s Apartheid regime, it had to leave the Commonwealth of Nations. The system of racial segregation was gradually abolished in the early 1990’s.
  • In 1962 – Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.
  • In 1977 – The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.
  • In 1983 – Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey died.
  • In 1994 – America announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
  • In 1996 – Pop-culture icon Timothy Leary died.
  • In 2003 – In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph was captured. He had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for five years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.
  • In 2005 – Deep Throat revealed himself. Former FBI agent Mark Felt admitted that he was the most important informant in the 1970’s Watergate scandal which uncovered the dirty tricks of the Nixon administration, ultimately leading to Nixon’s resignation.
  • In 2013 – The widest tornado ever recorded hit El Reno, Oklahoma. The storm, which was 2.6 miles wide killed 9 people as it swept over rural areas of Central Oklahoma.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.


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