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About Isabel Losada
Hello – Isabel here. I write narrative non-fiction books about happiness in one form or another. Life is short and I’ve always wanted to learn as much as I can about this serious subject and to write about it with joy and humour. In ‘The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment’ I set out to research all the weird and wonderful courses that exist that say that they can teach us how to be a happier and more well adjusted person and to pass on anything of value that I learnt.
In ‘For Tibet, With Love’ I wanted to look outwards rather than inwards and explore what an individual can do to make a difference in the world – the subject I chose to explore was the Tibetan cause but you can apply what I learnt to any cause that is dear to you whether it’s the melting of the polar ice caps or teenage drug addiction in your town.
In my continued interest in happiness I then observed the obvious that what makes most people happy or unhappy is their significant other and I couldn’t understand why I had so many girl friends that seemed to not have men in their lives – so in ‘Men’ I went to find out what had created this well known sociological phenomenon.
At this stage I had my own heart broken so was forced back to my spiritual routes in ‘The Battersea Park Road to Paradise’ in what is a look at five more areas of potential growth that takes me (and the reader) from an exploration of whether Feng Shui is nonsense or not to the jungles of the Amazonian Rain Forest to meet an 80 year old woman shaman.
Having therefore, given lots of time to spiritual focus I was surprised when challenged, ‘If you’re interested in happiness and write about all matters related to mind, body and spirit’ why is it that you have never written about sex?' I had no answer other than fear of the subject. So I then mustered all the courage that I could to write as honest a book about sexuality. And what a difficult subject it is. But perhaps the most neglected of all in the mind, body, spirit trilogy.
In 'The Joyful Environmentalist: How to Practise Without Preaching' I explore how to become an environmentalist in a way that can help both the planet and our lives. I hope very much that you enjoy it.
I am easy to reach via my website www.isabellosada.com and I reply to 98% of the emails that I receive (a form of madness) If you write and I don’t write back it just means that you wrote such a good email I filed it planning to reply later and then life took over. But mostly I reply. Thank you so much for reading and I see each and every review placed on Amazon. With love – x isabel
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On behalf of all women, slightly terrified, she begins with a woman’s workshop where she has to get naked. From here, Isabel journeys through the first international conference of clitoral stroking, is informed of eleven different forms of orgasm - ten of which she hasn’t had, endures NHS Kegal exercises and mystical sensations with tantric masters.
Irreverent yet open-minded, ‘Sensation’ is both moving and challenging. For anyone who has ever been tempted to dip their toes in the deep waters of sexual exploration, Isabel Losada plunges you straight in.
"This is the joy we need in our lives." - George Monbiot.
"This book, practical and realistic as well as visionary, will keep that positive message before the reader's eyes. Joy is after all one of the best motivations we can have for change." - Dr Rowan Williams.
Finally! A book about saving our planet that is fast, funny and inspiring too. Written in short chapters for busy people, Isabel doesn't bother with an examination of the problem but gets right on with the solutions. Her aim: to look for every single way we can take care of the planet; how we live and work, travel, shop, eat, drink, dress, vote, play, volunteer, bank - everything. And to do this wholeheartedly, energetically and joyfully.
Beginning with losing her cool in a restaurant that will only provide plastic cutlery, Isabel journeys through native tree planting in the Highlands of Scotland, playing Samba drums with Extinction Rebellion, interviewing in person the people that supply her energy and food - through every solution she can find - until both narrator and reader are fully equipped to be part of the pollution solution.
"She gave my spirit a lift and my feet somewhere to stand." - Sir Mark Rylance
'Searching and honest' Independent on Sunday
'Remarkably revealing' Mail on Sunday
'Brazenly probing' Scotsman
You know those people who always radiate cheerful optimism? Nauseating aren't they? I want to become one of those. I want to find out how to live life completely, abundantly, joyfully, stupidly. This is my quest. Enlightenment.
So proclaims Isabel Losada, coffee addict, exercise allergic, and self confessed sceptic as she sets out on the road to enlightenment.
Beginning with an Insight seminar where a hundred people with name badges learn to 'share', Isabel journey's through a gruelling course of 'Rolfing' nude Goddess workshops, a weekend of Tantric Sex (Yes! Yes! Yes!) and a Reincarnation session. Not to mention a spot of colonic irrigation.
Irreverent yet open minded, funny and always honest, The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment is also moving and ultimately illuminating. For anyone who has ever been tempted to dip a toe in the waters of self-discovery, Isabel Losada plunges you straight in.
There’s only one way to get out of the hole: throw out the ideas that landed her there and start over. So, using the ancient Chinese tradition of the five elements of life - Metal, Fire, Wood, Water, Earth - Isabel breaks her own life down to its essentials to explore five areas of inner and outer change.
She calls in a feng shui consultant to discover that her bedroom decor is ‘draining the father’ (whatever that means)...takes a motivational workshop to experience the power of ‘doing’...turns a silent meditation retreat into an exercise in unrelenting ‘being’...sits at the feet of a Brixton guru to examine the nature of mind...and undertakes a shamanic ritual in the Amazon to part company with her own mind completely. As rich as the book is in the particulars of a life hilariously lived, it’s also universal: readers can see themselves in Isabel’s experience and look at their lives with new eyes.
" Vous voyez ces personnes qui toujours irradient d'optimisme ? Elles donnent la nausée, n'est-ce pas ? Je veux devenir l'une de ces personnes. Je veux savoir comment vivre à fond, dans l'abondance, la joie et la stupidité. Telle est ma quête. "Voici ce que proclame Isabel Losada, accro au café, allergique à la gym, et avouant elle-même être sceptique en se lançant sur la voie de l'Eveil.Débutant avec un séminaire dans lequel une centaine de pékins badgés apprennent à partager, Isabel se prête à un cours éreintant d'intégration structurale, à la vénération d'une déesse nue, à un week-end de sexe tantrique (" Oui ! Oui ! Oui "), à une session de réincarnation, sans oublier un séance d'hydrothérapie du côlon.Irrévérencieux mais ouvert d'esprit, drôle et toujours honnête, cet ouvrage est émouvant et, au bout du compte, lumineux. Pour ceux qui ont déjà été tentés de tremper un orteil dans les eaux de la découverte de soi, Isabel Losada vous y plonge entièrement.
Fast, hard-hitting, funny and honest, this is the book that answers the question that all women discuss every day: 'Where are the interesting and available men?' Forget the fiction. This is not self help or a dating manual - This is 'Men!' - controversial, sassy and very entertaining - Michael Moore meets real life Bridget Jones.
Bestselling author Isabel Losada throws herself (literally) into all male environments to learn about how different 'Men!' are from women. From learning to be a plumber and riding a Harley to interviewing psychologists and dating hosts, every page will have readers smiling and learning about 'Men!' and about themselves. How do you define an 'interesting' man? (or women?) How are male and female brains different? What do the richest men in the city and the builders on the building sites want of women?
This is not a book for women who think that finding a man is the solution to their problems; rather it is an intelligent, controversial and often hilarious journey through modern life and relationships by a unique and well-loved author.
Tired of being an armchair activist, Isabel Losada decides to take matters into her own hands. From the streets of London to the temples of Dharamsala, in this adventure, Isabel falls in love with a monk, impersonates a member of the Chinese army, starts an activist organization, breaks the law, puts lives at risk (including her own), and appears on the news around the world. In the end, she meets the Dalai Lama to ask him the crucial question, "Can one person make a difference?"