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    Monday, July 16, 2012 3:12 pm Email this article

    The small number of my patients who don't lose much weight are almost all incapacitated by stress. There is no point talking to them about the Six Lessons until the stress is reduced. One technique is to read from a children's book, Ming Lo Moves The Mountain. Like all good children's books, Ming Lo is entertaining to children, but contains an important message for adults.

    ​In Ming Lo a married couple in China living in a little house at the foot of a mountain are unhappy because rocks, falling off the mountain, make holes in their roof. They ask a wise old man to help them move the mountain. He gives them several suggestions that don't work. Finally, he tells them to take apart their house, put the pieces on their shoulders, and do a magic dance that involves walking backwards. The couple follows the advice, moving backwards across the land. When they reassemble their house, they see that the mountain has, indeed, moved away.

    Hearing the story, kids laugh, but the adults appreciate that the story is really about dealing with stress. Instead of dealing with it ineffectively with denial, anger or wishful thinking, they can handle stress better by getting away from the source or, buddha-like, learning not to care about the source. You have to care about the stress, though; it is the cause of most obesity, heart disease and a lot else. Read Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky.

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