- Hi Bob,
Thanks for your comments on relaxation. I lived for many many many years
with my tongue pressed hard against my pallet as a "normal" condition. Only
in the last year or two have I relaxed it at the bottom of my mouth as a
normal condition for about 80% of the time.
In addition to lost energy there is one other consequence, poor posture.
This applies more to tension in other parts of the body. You have probably
seen how some people have very poor posture. For them their position often
"feels" normal because they have gradually become used to it. The poor
posture is sometimes caused by tension in a particular muscle group which
results in a misalignment in the body. Over time the condition becomes more
pronounced and the poor posture is exaggerated.
I used to go for deep tissue massage to locate and free these tension
points. What amazed me was how the masseur could spot them and I would have
no idea they were there until they pressed hard and I would feel a bolt of
pain. The good thing is that a few sessions clears the blockage and the body
returns to normal.
These physical tension points are often caused by emotional tension, for
instance from work pressure. Since prevention is better than cure,
meditation has the added benefit of helping to prevent emotional tension
which could translate into physical tension. In short, the meditation we do
today can translate into a better quality of life when we grow old.