Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?

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When I hear the word ‘curiosity’, it reminds me of the time Mrs. Palm Stinger (my school teacher) gave me six of the best with her worn out old ruler.  I was only about 8 years of age and in second class.  We were all standing in a circle, like the good little girls we were, doing our english reading.There was a knock on the classroom door and Mrs. Palm Stinger ordered us to remain quietly in our places.  As soon as the door closed behind her, the whispers and the giggling began. Of course everyone was dying to know who was at the door, including me! The girls teased and dared each other to sneak a peek. Nobody budged! Feeling very brave that day,  I dashed to the top of the room and took a quick glance through the glass panel door. Heart thumping like mad, I returned to my place and felt very important as I informed my classmates that it was Pauline’s mammy who had come calling. I thought I was great! So proud of myself. I didn’t feel that way for too long because as soon as Mrs. Palm Stinger re-entered the classroom, she was met with a chorus of high pitched voices singing, “Please miss Gloria McEntee ran up to look out the dooooooor….”

Well, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Betrayed!

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Curiosity Killed the Cat
I was rewarded with an angry glare and six wallops with the battered old wooden ruler. She had a song to sing too! With each slap she warbled, “CUR – I – OSITY – KILLED – THE – CAT”. My red palms stung for a long time afterwards and my feelings even more so.
Later that same day, I was informed by a ‘reliable’ adult that curiosity meant ‘nosey parker’. Not a good day for an 8 year old! Needless to say, from then on the brave side of me kept well hidden away. I kept all queries to myself right through my primary school days. 

Thankfully I learned later in life that ‘curious’ and ‘nosey’ mean two different things. ‘Nosey’ is when someone has a strong desire to pry into things that don’t concern them……like the private affairs of others. ‘Curious’ is the desire to learn or find out more about something that is of interest.
So….. someone once said that curiosity killed the cat. Did it really? What cat anyway? Now I’m curious……so I will try to find out who this mysterious cat is and if he still exists!

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WHAT CAT?
There is no cat! To cut a long story short……..The phrase ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’ is used as a warning to someone who is venturing into something that may have dangerous consequences. It is also a polite way of telling somebody to mind their own business! So I’m guessing that Mrs. Palm Stinger was warning me that it was dangerous to run to the top of the classroom to look out the door – even if you did it very quickly.  Well she could have told me that…..I would have understood!
Seriously though,  I have long since forgiven her. I don’t carry it around with me! I’ve had bigger fish to fry down through the years.

Curiosity Didn’t Kill Me
When I finally gave into my curiosity,  I learned how to ask questions about things that interested me.
Some important lessons I learned along the way:
1. Ask as many questions as it takes to get the answers you want or to understand fully what it is you need to know.
2. No question is a stupid question.
3. Don’t be concerned with those who don’t give a hoot about something you love. Nobody has to share your choice of interests. Nobody thinks exactly like you do or feels exactly like you do.
4. It is not a crime to lose interest in some things as time goes on and when you find yourself becoming curious about new interests, then delve right in. Sometimes we can have a renewed enthusiasm for old hobbies or pastimes years after we’ve abandoned them.
5. It is not always the case that you learn something new every day. If you spend most of your time in bed and only get up to watch your favourite soaps….what could you have possibly learned that day? Okay, you learned who cheated on who in Eastenders, but who cares? Is that piece of information really of any value to you?

How to Learn Something New Every Day
1. Spend time with people who you find interesting to talk to.
2. Spend time with people who share your interests. Even if the only way you can do this is on social media.
3. If you’re on social media, particularly Facebook, don’t waste your precious time engaging in all the negative posts and drama. Instead, join the groups that have positive messages to share and that post about your interests and hobbies. 
4. Enrol in classes that enrich your hobbies. A great way of meeting like minded people.
5. Sign up for a course that will help you to improve your work related skills. You can never know too much, even if you’ve been in your job for many years!
6. And believe it or not…..do things that make you happy. You’ll be surprised at how you will learn great things just by being happy and open-minded!

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7. Last but not least. Read! Read whatever interests you. Current affairs, romantic novels, sci fi, mystery and suspense (my favourite), non-fiction, anything! So much healthier than watching soaps too. 😉

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Go Learn
keep your curiosity alive. Don’t be shy or afraid to learn new things. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat and it most certainly won’t kill you. (But just be careful all the same)

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You must learn day by day,  year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
                                                                                                             Ethel Barrymore

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Seaweed Bath – Home or Away!

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My first experience of a seaweed bath was about ten years ago in Enniscrone. After a long walk on the fabulous sandy beach, my husband took me along to Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths. Although Stephen had been raving about these baths for quite some time, he didn’t give away too much detail so I was a little bit unsure of what to expect. As I am a lover of the sea and all that goes with it, Stephen was quite certain that I would fall in love instantly with the seaweed baths. And he was right – I did fall in love with them!

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The Mother of all Meditations.

How many times have you tried meditation? Are you getting better at it? Or do you feel like you will never get the hang of it? Are you easily distracted while meditating? Maybe your mind constantly wanders into yesterday or tomorrow no matter how many times the voice tells you to, ‘Bring your mind gently back if you feel it wandering.’

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I think most of us have concluded that meditation is a deeply relaxing exercise that promotes a healthy mind. It calms down our churning thoughts, giving our brain a chance to rest. But meditation doesn’t come easy to everyone, especially beginners. Well, listen up all you beginners and over-active thinkers…….. I have discovered the mother of all meditations! Sound Meditation Baths. No, it has nothing to do with having a bubbly bath with soft music playing in the background – much better than that. Oh yes!

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Why Dental Floss is my New Friend.

I didn’t know what dental floss was when I was a child. Candy floss was more prominent in my vocabulary. The importance of taking special care of our teeth wasn’t drummed into me or my brothers when we were children.  We thought it was normal to have teeth pulled when they decayed. “Sure we’ll get brand new ones like our parents did. Lovely new white straight teeth”. Did we really say that?  Yes, I’m afraid we did.

Of course we were warned many times about the dangers of eating too many sweets but it didn’t stop us munching our way through sticky toffees and sugary jellies. And who could forget the Blackjacks and Fruit Salads? About ten in a bag for 2p. And they lasted for hours. I remember being so excited if I found a halfpenny on the street. I went straight to Mrs. Fultons sweet shop for a Golfball chewing gum. It used to last me three days!  A day at school went so slow when you had a couple of pennies in your pocket to spend in Mrs. Fultons on the way home. She was every child’s most favourite woman on the planet!

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Perfect Therapist Wannabe.

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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be perfect? To never put a foot wrong and to never say the wrong thing. Do you look at others and think that they are so perfect and they have the perfect life? Look closer and I bet you will find that they are not perfect at all and they don’t have the perfect life. Because what is that word anyway?

We all use the word ‘perfect’. We use it when we talk about the people we love. “My partner is so perfect.” “My baby is so perfect.” “My children are so perfect.” “Johnny is the perfect friend.” This is probably because we love them unconditionally and we don’t see any flaws that they may have or we simply choose to ignore them. We accept our loved ones just the way they are. In our eyes, they are indeed ‘perfect’. But what you perceive to be perfect will be quite different to what others will see.

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Yoga and Me. 12 Weeks Later.

When I say I’ve been practicing yoga for twelve weeks now, what I really mean is that it’s twelve weeks since I first started learning how to do yoga. (Read about that here) I remember writing about how great I hope be at twisting, bending and by Christmas I’ll be kissing my toes!  Continue reading

From Massage Student to Seol Beo

My guest today is Elaine Reilly from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan. 
Elaine has very kindly given up her time to share with us a little piece about herself and her work as a massage therapist. 
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My business Seol Beo, has really taken off this year and I have recently moved my practice from home into town. I now work from the Leisure Centre in Bailieborough.  My therapy room is warm and cosy and situated in a quiet private part of the leisure centre. It’s actually a wonderful place for clients to receive a treatment as they have the option of using the leisure centre facilities before their massage treatment.

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Although a massage in itself is extremely beneficial, it can be even more therapeutic when the body is exposed to other relaxing treatments such as, hot baths or ‘hot room’ sessions prior to the massage. Having a relaxing session in a sauna, steam room or a jacuzzi, is an excellent way to prepare the body for a massage. The heat relaxes and softens the muscles making them more responsive to the treatment. It improves the circulation and helps the body to detox, therefore speeding up the process during the massage. 
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Where It All Began For Me
I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist in June 2012. I did my training in Green Tara College in Navan. It was a one year part time course, one weekend day a month, and a couple of full weekends to squeeze in all the other good stuff. I really loved this college and the people in it were amazing – always there when you needed a hand, an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.
Before I enrolled on the course, I went to visit the college and I remember feeling an immediate connection to the place. It was a calming and relaxed environment and It was then that I made the decision to join the course.
I had done a lot of courses over the years but this particular one just seemed to fall into place in my life at the right time and I grabbed it with both hands.
The biggest challenge for me as a student, was that I was 36 years old when I started, I was a wife, a mother to a beautiful little girl and I was holding down a part time receptionist job in the local leisure centre. But the fact that I only had to attend the college one day a month made it a bit easier for me, as it meant that I had plenty of time to get the assessment work done and handed in on time.
One compulsory and very important component of the training with Green Tara is ‘Energy Awareness’. It teaches you to protect yourself from all the stress and tension you are releasing from your clients and how not to bring it all with you when you leave your treatment rooms.
 
 
My advice to anyone who is thinking of training as a therapist is this:
  • Look into all the colleges close by. Visit them and check out all aspects. You will know which one is right for you just like I did.
  • Make sure before you take it on that you have space for it in your life. You want to be able to give it your all without burning yourself out because if that happens, you will be of little use to anyone.
  • Look after yourself mentally and physically
  • Make time for meditation, it will keep you grounded and happy.
  • You need to be caring and kind if you are considering this line of work. Sometimes when people come for a treatment, you may be the only person they have confided in about a problem. It’s important to take care with this, be gentle. Confidentiality is also important.
  • As a therapist you need to be gentle in touch but firm at the same time.
  • Your treatment room needs to reflect the need for calm and quiet.
  • All of this and more will give your client a reason to come back to you.

For anyone interested in this line of work, go for it…. I would really recommend it. I had a great time getting to know the other students on the course but I also got to know myself. It was an awakening for me in many ways!

I have lots of wonderful clients – some I see on a regular basis, some a couple of times a year. The main hassle I had was the whole male idea of what some of then thought a massage entailed. The tv programme “Love Hate” had a lot to do with this !!!!! It really annoyed me, but I soon learned to ignore them.

I really love my work as a therapist and I would like to add to my training with maybe indian head massage or reflexology. I enjoy all the different personalities that walk through my door – strangers coming for their first treatment or friends leaving after the block of treatment is finished !! One particular incident I found most amazing was when one of my clients came to me very stressed out and at the end of her tether. She didn’t have a physical ailment but found that the massage and the time out really worked for her. She comes to see me now on a regular basis. Her body and mind tell her when it is time. After a couple of sessions, it was a like a different woman coming back to see me.
I love to make a difference because I feel life is hard enough without carrying extra baggage.
 
How would I describe myself?
Well, I have been told I’m a good listener, I’m the middle child in our house so I’m the problem solver. I am a little shy and probably over think stuff A LOT !! Love to talk, dance and sing !! Sound a bit mad really ..lol
I have some business on Facebook www.facebook.com/SEOLBEO and you can reach me by email, SEOLBEO@gmail.com  

 So as they say .. That’s a wrap !!

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Elaine, thank you so much for taking time to share with us a part of your life and experience as a massage therapist. I am sure that anyone thinking about pursing a career in holistic therapies, will have lots to think about and will feel inspired and motivated by your story. 
 
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Yes. I’m as Stiff as a Poker!

wpid-2015-10-29_09.46.46.jpgAt last my first class of Ashtanga Yoga had arrived. I had been looking forward to this night for weeks and with my new yoga mat tucked under my arm, I made my way down to our local leisure centre with my daughter Gemma. I bounced in the door at 7pm with an enthusiastic grin on my face. The class had already started so I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to the group. They all looked comfortable and relaxed stretched out in Savasana pose (also known as Corpse pose) and I couldn’t wait to join in. Gemma grabbed a spot in the far corner of the room with her sister Charlene while I stayed near the door. I spread out my yoga mat and took off my shoes and lay down like a corpse. Yes, this was lovely. Nice and relaxing.

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Yoga is so easy.

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The Reveal.

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The night we had been waiting for. The big reveal! Who was going to be crowned the 2015 winner of Come Dine With Me Please? Who was about to reap the rewards for all their hard work? There was a lot of sweat, blood and tears shed over handpicked tomatoes, cooking the perfect steak, washing blackberries one by one, melted ice-cream and empty water jugs. Not to mention the trauma over the non-existent mouse. Click here to find out what I’m talking about.

I needed to look my best for the winning photo, so I decided to steer clear of alcohol and drink sparkling water for the night. Being the sober one, I offered to taxi my friends to our chosen venue, The Wishing Well Bar & Bistro in Kingscourt – Jackie’s home town. We each invited our guests of honour to join us for our finale but my guest Mary, was partying in Manchester with my husband and Kate was off signing books somewhere. New York I think. Deirdre was free and she was more than happy to join us. 

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