Going for my appointment at the dentist this morning at 9 o’clock, I confirmed an effect of living Totality, and decades of meditation. But before I get to that, allow me to first share a definition:
Torpor (n) – A state of decreased physiological activity in an animal, usually by a reduced body temperature and metabolic rate. Torpor enables animals to survive periods of reduced food availability. The term “torpor” can refer to the time a hibernator spends at low body temperature, lasting days or weeks, or it can refer to a period of low body temperature and metabolism lasting less than 24 hours, as in “daily torpor”.
When I checked in at the dentist, wearing my mask, they took my forehead temperature to check for a fever, as standard practice during the pandemic. It was an electronic non-contact thermometer.
Click! No reading… again… and again. They changed batteries, and verified the unit on themselves, then me again, and a number came up… 94F, then 92. They told me I was hypothermic! Averaging 93F/34C. I just laughed and noted my obvious health. They were quite confused, and I remained in good spirits. After a few minutes reconciling that I was “hypothermic” with their own observations that I was in no way ill, they allowed me in.
Fast forward to the end of the appointment. I asked them to take my temperature as I left, and it was normal for me, 97.4F/36C. They also gave me a print-out on ‘torpor’, the definition copied above.
As I read about it, a lot began to make sense regarding my metabolism. I am not a tiny person – 6’2/1.8m and 220 lb/100 kg. and am quite active, yet I eat just one meal a day. This isn’t a diet – I simply don’t get hungry. I have been perplexed by this, even feeling guilty about it, yet nothing suffers as a result, nor am I losing inordinate weight.
It is simply physiological efficiency and flexibility. Apparently my body adjusts to its energy requirements on the fly, allowing a ‘hypothermic’ state to occur during normal activity, and probably even more so during sleep and meditation.
Incidentally I calculated that a reduction of 10 bpm in pulse rate (for example, from 70 to 60 bpm) equates to 262 million fewer heartbeats over 50 years.
It is funny in a sad way that the scientists do not yet recognize this integrated capability of torpor in human beings, just animals. They will though, as such functioning becomes commonplace.
There is nothing at all unique in my experience. Nothing at all. There is a very simple Cosmic law for human beings: The purer the consciousness, the greater the ability. Full stop. 🙂
The Cosmos doesn’t discriminate. The same road is available to anyone who puts in the time. A reward for service. And choosing the best tools is critical. We don’t live here forever, and digging a hole with a dull pick is a waste of time.
We become less physical in a way, less thick is the way it feels, less defined by materiality. Once the consciousness of all our cells and connections recognizes itself, we become more like that, more like consciousness – lighter, pun intended. So we eat less, use less, burn less, sleep deeper, last longer, and remain stronger as a result; an automatic result.
From an impersonal perspective, daily torpor is also a sign of aligning with the engine of life – along with every other living thing. Observing nature, efficiency is everywhere – water flows downhill, and the sun always rises in the East. This alignment isn’t as big a deal for humanity as it may seem, and it keeps getting easier, more efficient too. 🙂
~ Jai Guru Dev ~