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The Battersea Park Road to Paradise, By Isabel Losada
Friday 20 May 2011
Having given us Battersea Park Road's answer to happiness and men, Losada now jumps though some New Age hoops for her readers, who she chattily refers to as "you".
The first two are the least painful: having her home feng shui-ed and attending a seminar by life-coach, Anthony Robbins, who makes such statements as "know why it's MUST".
The journey inward becomes ever more masochistic: a ten-day silent retreat that brings on (what must have felt like blessed) bouts of near narcolepsy and kidney ache, and a romp through the Amazon (aided by the psychoactive brew, ayahuasca).
She learns lessons along the way, and has the odd laugh, but for us it's like sitting in on someone else's spiritual growth spurt.
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