BAM – KAPOW: did that make you think of the original Batman show. Oh, I hope it did! If not, please go watch an episode so you can appreciate the intro! I recently attended a chiropractic conference that had ‘Posture Expert’ Dr. Stephen Weiniger as a keynote speaker. He authored the book, “Stand Taller-Live Longer.” He spoke about the health implications of good vs poor posture. In his speech he used the acronym B.A.M. It stands for Balance, Alignment and Movement. As I listened, I thought ‘posture speaks’ but what is it saying both physically and spiritually about ourselves and those around us.
In chapter 6 of my book: ‘posture: a snapshot of health,‘ I write, “I am not a shopper but occasionally I will go to the mall with Jennifer. As she is shopping, I watch people. There are so many people of different shapes, sizes, and colors. The array of color and beauty astonishes me. People are having conversations, kids are crying and all while, their posture is speaking volumes to me. That person’s head is forward; I wonder if they have headaches. That person’s shoulders are rounded; I wonder if they have mid-back pain. That person’s right arm does not swing as far as the left when they walk; I wonder if they have had a shoulder injury. That person’s right foot is turned outward and their back is arched; I wonder if they have hip or low back pain. That person will not make eye contact with anyone; I wonder what has happened. Make no mistake posture speaks but what is it saying? You just sat up a little straighter, didn’t you?”
Ok, posture speaks but how to we get it to say the correct thing? BAM – KAPOW… that’s how! Let’s take a deeper look at B.A.M.
1. Balance - Physically: We need it to walk, stand up straight and be aware of the world around us. If we do not have balance, the potential for falls and injuries go up exponentially. Spiritually: we need it to walk (in the right way), stand up straight (know who & whose we are) and be aware of the world around us (love others & be kind). If we do not have balance spiritually, the potential to be self-consumed (falls) goes up drastically. We must learn to be balanced both physically and spiritualy to find our way!
2. Align – Physically: our alignment matters. Central stability helps create & maintain distal mobility. It is our alignment that helps keep our eyes on the horizon so we can move in the correct direction. Spiritually: our alignment matters. What we put as the central stabilizer of our life can create & maintain spiritual mobility/maturity. This alignment must keep our eyes focused on the prize if we are to become more Christ-like in our thoughts & actions. Mis-alignments often cause pain, distraction and detours. Let’s us stay aligned and focused!
3. Move: Physically: we are way too sedentary. Our lack of movement perpetuates pain, decreases healing and causes a downward spiral of health & vitality. Spiritually: we are way too sedentary. Our lack of prayer (& other spiritual disciplines) perpetuates pain, decreases healing (in our own heart & other relationships) and causes a downward spiral of relational health & vitality. We must move more in order to stop suffering & start liviing!
Remember, your posture is speaking so we must BAM-KAPOW every day! How does the kapow play a part? Hmmm, no idea really; it just seems saying that while throwing my fist in the air is a good start to my morning.
Below I have listed a few helpful links:
1. Balance – A song to help find your Way.
2. Align – A song to help keep your eyes and mind focused.
3. Move - A song to remind you that nothing can stop you.
4. Kapow - A blog post to help you remain flexible in body & spirit.