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What Amy Winehouse Could Have Learned from the Dalai Lama

[ 3 ] July 24, 2011 |

Picture the most grounded person you know. Now picture the most unstable person.  When I did this exercise I pictured the Dalai Lama and Amy Winehouse. Could there be two more polar opposites?

May Amy Winehouse rest in peace, because she had no peace on this earth. Her words below were her own death sentence.

“I don’t need help because if I can’t help myself I can’t be helped.”

 And Amy didn’t believe in a higher power, so her higher power was her addictions.

“I’m not religious at all. I think faith is something that gives you strength. I believe in fate and I believe that things happen for a reason but I don’t think that there’s a high power, necessarily. I believe in karma very much though. There are so many rude people around and they’re the people that don’t have any real friends. And relationships with people – with your mum, your nan, your dog – are what you get the most happiness in life from. Apart from shoes and bags. “

Amy Winehouse Dies at 27

She lived her life as a dare, refused to have her demons tamed, and died early because of it.

“Rehab is like Butlins. It’s a holiday camp. It’s an everyday thing for some people…like going to Tesco’s.”

Who knows if anything the Dalai Lama said, did, or shared for the good of the world could have swayed Amy to a more mentally stable path.

“Better grounded emotionally through patience, we become stronger mentally and spiritually, and tend to be healthier physically.”  The Dalai Lama

It is vital for us to obtain genuine confidence in the nature of mind and reality, grounded in understanding and reason.  The Dalai Lama, from his bookThe Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason

But I’m choosing to believe in a higher power, to follow in the footsteps of the wise and grounded, and to be addicted to life and the good in it.

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  1. Tim Poholsky says:

    When the student’s ready, the teacher will appear… Unfortunately, if the student’s not ready, all the teaching/help/support in the world isn’t going to make a bit of difference.

  2. Great article. Such a sad loss in any way it is looked at. Artist, young lady, human. All that need to heal most often need a guiding hand and support. Obviously, she could NOT do it on her own.

    • stablebrenda says:

      Very true Julie. Sometimes it seems our world’s most talented people are also the most challenged mentally or socially. I”m glad Amy shared her talent and lived full out if I had to look on the bright side of the tragedy.

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