My Thoughts XII: "Think About Thinking"

January 12th, 2012 4:23AM

It is four am and sleeping hasn't worked - thinking prevailed. After sitting in bed for a while, staring at the ceiling and thinking about beavers and maple trees, I gave up on sleep and thought I would write a journal entry. And since I have posted a whole bunch of my journal entries here on Hub-pages already, I thought I would just write this entry here to begin with.

Yes, maple trees were on my mind because they are at risk of becoming exinct soon (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/01/10/ontario-environment-watchdog-warning-species-protection.html) from what I have been hearing, due to an infestation of a new specie of beetles here in Ontario: the Asian longhorned beetle. This is somewhat of a new arrival (in terms of specie of insects) in Ontario and it has been ravaging through the trees in this province.

I was thinking the Canadian flag might need to be changed soon, if Canada runs out of maple trees. That's what got me thinking beavers ... No wonder the Federal and the Provincial governments aren't doing anything. Their plan is probably to just switch the maple leaf in the middle of our flag with a beaver. I guess that can work ...

This is what goes on through my head at four am when most other people are sleeping. That is what got me out of bed actually. I was thinking if there is any other lunatic in this city, or anywhere else for that matter, thinking about environmental issues in the middle of the night. Why do I think so much is beyond me.

I asked one of my philosophy professors once, how I can stop all the questions which constantly fly through my mind. His answer did not make me any happier when he said that there was nothing I can do because I already ate out of the tree of knowledge. Thanks ... that helped tons ...

So, I guess I am stuck thinking and thinking about why I think so much, why other people don't think as much ... or why I or others, think the way we do, etc. ...

It is what it is. "We'll die and see" - Mircea Dinescu, Romanian poet.

P.S. The title "Think About Thinking" is from an essay I wrote many years ago. My slight obsession about thinking is a direct result of my strongest element within me: Air. And it has always been so.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Funny. Voted up! Yey - maple leaves!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

lol Thanks for the comment Tarajeyaram. Cheers!


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

If the tree of knowledge were complete you could think of an answer that would allow you to stop thinking. Praying mantids do a wonderful job eating beetles and other insects. There may also be parasitic wasps that help to control the beetles as well. besides... when the olymics come again I don't think the world is ready for the Canadian beavers... it was bad enough going through customs with the mounty...It kind of sounds like roller-derby..... voted up and awesome.


saisarannaga 4 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

Your narration is lucid as well as catching. Thoughts are very powerful. We can divert it but can not completely eliminate them. As long as we breath, there will be thoughts since breath and thought are interconnected.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment Mr. Davenmidtown. I am not quite sure if we have praying mantids here in Ontario and I am even less inclined to have any imported.

I think, the problem with this specie of beetle is that it has no natural predators here. It came from Asia on cargo ships from what I understand. Nobody really knows how to get rid of it and all we can do is to keep cutting down our infected trees so the beetle doesn't spread even more. This solution is not working very well.

Thanks for passing by. All the best!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I tried holding my breath (as in not breathing) and I am still thinking Mr. Saisarannaga. lol I'm kidding ...

Yes, I agree with you that I think thinking is something that always happens, even when we sleep our mind is still working (one way or another).

Thank you for the read and your comment. Cheers!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I love this Mr. Happy and I can tell you I am up most mornings writing because I am thinking thinking thinking ...Are the chickens going to lay more than one egg? When will Blondie be done brooding as I am tired of picking her up and putting her outside the coop? Did I put my name at the end of that last sentence I published? I hope the rain filled up our rain barrels..lol I could go on and one..so if you are up one morning..shoot me an email and we will try to solve some of these world problems..haha

Have a blessed day,

Sunnie


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

I don't know if you have mantids up there either... but in the States they use mantids as a biological weapon for invasive bugs because they are good predators that are not invasive...much like lady bugs.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

Looks like you need to learn how to meditate! The hamster needs to get off the running mill! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQsfFVnLyVo

I hope you sleep well tonight.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I sleep well during the day Mr. Spirit Whisperer. And if the hamster gets off the running mill, who's gonna grind the grain?

On a more serious note, is meditating not thinking? Does it not involve the brain doing something? Even if the brain is in vacation - it's still aware of something; the hamster is still running.

Cheers!

P.S. Luckly I am alone on my wheel unlike the hamsters you sent me : P


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello again Mr. Davenmidtown,

I really don't know much about the pray mandits but if they're not invasive, perhaps it should be something to be looked at.

Maybe the U.S. has something new to export : )


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Love your comment Mrs. Sunnie Day! I will certainly take-up your offer. We do seem to have some things in common.

All the very best! Thanks for dropping-by.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

How fortunate you are living in that vast land with so much left worth loosing sleep over and saving. It's easy in the UK, tarmac the whole shitty little island and have an L.A. garden!

Well, at least it's not worth loosing sleep over

Bob


mikeq107 4 years ago

WeLL Mr Happy:0)

Your mind is like a shark and if you think of it this way..it keeps the ocean free of trash...

Now of course if you lived in the good old "USA" where they kill creativty with Riddlen and ProZack ( see what it did to my spelling HEHEH) then you could write ahub about replacing the Stars on the flag with Happy pills and the stripes with Insurance company names and sponsored by lawyers and head shrinkers....

yep its the land of the free...free to chosse which med to take while big brother stores away our hard earned...

Me on the other Hand...well I drink Guiness and watch on in wonder as the kids fight among themselves!!!

Ok That was a fun break from my afternoon and great read by the way..one nut to another!!!

Cheers Mike :0)


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

praying mantis are available everywhere... the US government uses them to fight all kinds of invasive insects. there are many different species from many different places... so no need to just import for the US.


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OutsideYourWorld 4 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada

I find I lie awake at night as well, thinking up a storm about the most random things, sometimes. I usually go with the flow, and let the thoughts take my mind where they drift off to, whether that be questioning why we exist, or how cool it would be to be a dragon.

I love my thoughts, and I take great solace in that a lot of peoples' minds are devoid of such things. So many people fall asleep thinking of 'normal,' things, and don't like following those weird chains of thoughts... When following those thoughts may lead you to deeper understandings of yourself and existence.... And yes, even thinking about trees can lead to profound things.

Think away, my friend!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I symphathize with you and others who can't sleep. I sleep like a dead woman. I think I go into a coma! As far as the loosing the Maples, here in Fl. we got some pest on orange trees (can't remember their name), and a lot of them had to be destoyed. That did not set too well with the owners of the orange groves.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

LOL Mr. Diogenes, at least you have your sense of humor still. Thank You.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Tree is used as symbol of knowledge in many cultures. Before Gautama became the Buddha, he meditated under a tree.

Thoughts come in our mind like sea waves but very few bother to contemplate.

I enjoyed reading your random thoughts.


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ideax 4 years ago from US

What a great way to spend the wee hours of the morning! Great expression of thoughts!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Mikeq107, good to see you come by.

I think more and more people are starting to see through the facade. Times are changing, slowly ... painfully slowly, might I add (lol).

All the best!

Mr. Davenmidtown,

I will certainly keep the mantids on my mind. Who knows where the solution will eventually come from. Thank you for the information.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

You asked: "On a more serious note, is meditating not thinking?"

No, meditation is not thinking and if you are thinking then you are not meditating.

I think you would really benefit from learning how to do it. I wrote a hub about it if you are interested.


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lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Here's what I do when I get into that "racing mind, no sleep" state: I let my thoughts come and go but force them into rhyming couplets, concentrating on that. I fall asleep within minutes -- works every time. The minute you tell the mind to work instead of roaming happy and free, flipping through thoughts, it decides it's tired.

On the other hand, some of my best ideas have come to me in the grey hours of the early morning.

By the way, I'm not ready for my country to claim the beaver as its symbol. Too many "beaver" jokes out there already. Other countries get eagles and such. We get a rodent who must constantly gnaw to keep his teeth in check...

Fun. Lynda


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Outsideyourworld,

I must fully agree that being a dragon would be just simply fabulous!! I've been trying to think since last night (when I first saw your comment), what kind of dragon I would like to be and I am still unsure ...

LOL Choices ... always make things difficult.

Loved your comment, thanks! All the best.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you for your comment Mrs. Mary615. I am glad you sleep well at night. I do wish everyone would! Cheers.

Thank You for taking the time to read this piece of writing as well, Mr. Ghimire. Trees do seem to hold knowledge ... afterall, they do live long lives - they're bound to know a lot. Great comment!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you for taking the time to read this piece of writing Ideax (and for leaving me the nice comment you did). All the best!

Mr. Spirit Whisperer, I think I benefit from anything new I learn. It is just difficult for me to understand when I am not exactly sure how to relate, or if our inner experiences are actually similar. Thank you for your comment and insight - I always appreciate it. All the best!

Mrs. Lynda, thank you for that creative thought: the rhyming couplets. I shall try that just for the fun of it. I am happy you enjoyed the read!

About the beavers ... yes they have a funky reputation for some reason ... lol

Cheers!


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Wow another get rich quick scheme..we start now saving the Maple seeds..and then when all the trees are gone,we design a website and sell the seeds...seriously, many great aspirations/solutions/discoveries have come from sleepless nights, by many great people and now you can honestly say you are one of them, nothing is " beyond" you...


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Haha, thank you for the great comment Mrs. Kj Force! I truly appreciate it. Perhaps sleepless nights have their reason as well.

Cheers!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

WOW!!!!

Short article....but DAMN!!! I'd never heard of this bit of impending ecological doom! Damn the invasive species....but such things happen, and are an eventuality in a time where transportation can happen so fast.

It's sort of like how the French almost lost their entire wine industry due to a little aphid that crossed the ocean on a steam ship....the first time that such had happened fast enough for the little bug to survive.

For sleeping...I've had those same problems. I'll tell you what's worked best for me, but I'll not recommend Seroquel to you as it's an expensive prescription med that has caused some people some real health problems.

Besides allowing me to sleep like a bear in Winter for sixteen or more hours at a time....it added about thirty pounds to me.

I hear people say that nowadays they can no longer sleep at all for more than an hour or two without that stuff, and so I'm glad that I stopped taking it a long time ago, and I do not recommend it to you.

Nowadays I do take and do recommend Melatonin....I also sometimes help that out with a bit of Valerian root...both are GOOD stuff, at least for me they work well, and have no side affects at all that I've noticed.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment Mr. Wesman.

I am not sure what is happening to the long-horned Asian beetle here ... at the moment I think people are just trying to contain it but good luck containing insects ... it's like herding cats, in my opinion.

Regarding sleep and pills, I stay away from all medicine given by your regular doctors. I have my immune system and my medicine herbs : )

Good enough.

Cheers!


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Forgot to mention..I am retired from Medical Profession and found years ago, which I still to this day use called the " reiki method" for sleep.

There is a gentleman named Eric Watermolen,who has written an E-book on all natural sleep techniques, to release in February 2012. There will be several other methods,results of a sleep study, you might be interested..just a thought..


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Very interesting Mrs Kj force. Thank You for the information, I will keep that in mind : )

All the best!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

A fun and interesting read. I kind of thought that thinking about thinking signified either rlunacy or intellectual tendencies. I assumed it was the latter when applied to me. :)


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I am happy you enjoyed the read Mrs. Phdast7 : )

Cheers!

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