Ideally, we want activity after our meditation. It’s like dying a cloth. You dip the cloth in the dye, then you put it out in the sunshine. Much of the dye fades away, but some remains. What remains is firmly established. Then you dip it in the dye again, and back into the sunshine, over and over. Each time some dye stays and the cloth gets deeper and deeper in color. Meditating is the same way.
It’s good for our physiology to get into a routine with our meditation. Maybe we get up in the morning, take a shower, and then we do our meditation. In the evening, the routine might be a little different. We like to set up our practice so that we meditate-act, meditate-act. If, however, the day gets away from us and we haven’t had a chance to meditate, then it’s fine to just meditate and go to sleep. Some people like to meditate in bed. Then when it comes time for the five minutes rest, they just lie down and go to sleep