“Observe newborn babies; their small-relaxed bodies in the crib have an ineffable appearance. Imitate the newborn creatures, relax your body the way children relax their bodies. Let no muscle remain in tension, the legs and arms of newborn babies resemble silk. In their cribs, children sleep delightfully and happily without problems of any kind. Imitate the innocent children during profound inner meditation. Reconquer infancy in the mind and in the heart.”
~Samael Aun Weor~
When we take time to meditate, we still the body. It makes sense that this would give our muscles a chance to relax. Inactivity is a pleasant break for the body.
We may not realise, but during meditation we are also relaxing our emotional centre. We give our nervous and endocrine systems a work out during our daily lives, with all the swinging emotions: excitement, anger, disappointment, frustration, exhilaration, etc.
When we relax the body and bring our mind into the moment, during meditation, we allow our emotional centre (and all the physiological systems connected with it) a chance to rest and rejuvenate.
With regular practice, and with time, we will become comfortable with watching our emotions, using the free consciousness. From the perspective of the gnostic studies we don’t suppress emotions, or chastise ourselves for having negative emotions. We see the greatest value in observing and comprehending ourselves, through awareness. The mystic and poet Rumi put it beautifully.
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
~Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Brought to my attention by Samsaran on Tumblr)