This Month in History – May 3

Christopher Columbus discovers “St Iago”. It is later renamed Jamaica. (1494)

Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut with 3 hits for the NY Yankees. (1936)

Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind. (1937)

Garden Meditation Day

Date When Celebrated: Always on May 3

Walk out to your garden. Roll out your meditation mat, and assume a yoga position, as today is Garden Meditation Day.

Every gardener knows that gardening is good for the mind, body, and soul. It is also known that meditation gives us inner peace and tranquility. It helps us to connect with ourselves, and even with nature. So, Garden Meditation Day is an outstanding merging of the values and benefits of gardening and meditation.

Per C.L, Fornari, the creator of this special day:

“Garden meditation day honors the fact that when we’re working in the landscape we have the opportunity if we choose to take it, to let the rest of the world fall away. This is indeed what meditation is: letting go of all thoughts, concerns, worries and focusing on just one thing…in this case, what we’re doing in the garden. It is as calming as a mantra or focusing on the breath, to name two common forms of meditation. So those who seek a spiritual retreat, a calming yoga experience, actually have that in their own backyards!”

How can we celebrate and participate in Garden Meditation Day? Fornari suggests “Pick one thing to do. It could be pulling weeds, planting seedlings, turning soil or spreading mulch. Go out with the idea that you’ll spend X amount of time on that task…it could be 20 minutes or two hours…it doesn’t matter but be realistic. Leave your cell phone in the house. That’s right, leave your phone behind! (You can do it.) As you work, focus only on what your task at hand is. When you notice other things that have to be done, thank your mind for mentioning those but tell yourself you’ll think about those tasks later. Gently turn your mind and body back to the one job at hand every time you’re distracted. At the end of your work, or when your time finishes, take satisfaction in what you’ve accomplished. A deep breath, and then return to the world.”

For those of us who are already gardeners, we know this feeling full well. For those of you yet to try your hand at gardening, use today to find the joy, peace, serenity, and therapeutic value of gardening. You’ll be glad you did

.If you do not have a garden and have no way of creating one, here are some great places to do your meditation today:

  • An Arboretum
  • A Botanical garden
  • A park

We hope you have a calm and peaceful Garden Meditation Day.

Lumpy Rug Day

Date When Celebrated: Always on May 3

Lumpy Rug Day is intended to appreciate a good rug. A rug should be smooth, even, and definitely not lumpy. Many of us stretch out on a rug to watch TV, play games and even catch 40 winks. If the rug is lumpy, you’ll know it.

There are a number of ways to enjoy Lumpy Rug Day:

  • If you have a lumpy rug, toss it out and get a nice, lump-less rug.
  • If you once had a lumpy rug, take a minute to remember the soft, comfortable feel of the new rug when it arrived.
  • If you never had a lumpy rug, count your blessings. You don’t know what you’re missing.

Origin of Lumpy Rug Day:

Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day.

World Press Freedom Day

Date When Celebrated: Always on May 3

World Press Freedom Day recognizes the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalist have made to attain this freedom. It was created, and is sponsored, by the United Nations. While we enjoy this freedom in the United States, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression, is not a given right in many countries.

Each year, UNESCO awards the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to someone who has made a major contribution towards journalistic freedom.

World Press Freedom Day activities include UN-sponsored conferences and seminars on this issue. Teachers are encouraged to create lesson plans. As individuals, we can learn more about the issues. And, we can support efforts to further freedom of the press.

Origin and History of World Press Freedom Day:

In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3rd each year to be World Press Freedom Day.

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