On Becoming a Virtuoso of Life with Kenny Werner

Original Air Date Wednesday, February 22, 2023 

Many people criticize their abilities. Whether it is taming an instrument or their voice, they judge themselves in lieu of experiencing the joy of the music they aspire to create.

Exploring the peaceful space within and de-noising our minds offers the gift of sweet silence to those who find themselves distorted. To help us quell the constrictions of the mind and realize harmony, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with master musician and author Kenny Werner about becoming a virtuoso of life. Kenny details the learnings and practices of his book, Becoming the Instrument: Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life, and shares the value of our breath and the creative power of the self-love that resides in our infinite space.

Kenny Werner — Become a Virtuoso of Life:
  • Kenny describes his vision of being the instrument and being a master creator. [2:00]
  • Being a master craftsman involves allowing oneself to breathe without being overrun by the noise of thinking. [5:59]
  • How to get into the space of a balanced mind. [12:25]
  • The role of a healthy diet on the brain’s ability to focus on a task or test. [11:26]
  • Kenny’s favorite musicians embrace and tune into silence. [15:54]
  • In his book, Becoming the Instrument, Kenny details the space in ourselves that embodies self-love. [23:41]

Podcast episode about becoming a virtuoso with Kenny Werner and positive psychology expert Lisa Cypers KamenKenny Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over 40 years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings, and publications continues to impact audiences around the world. He has performed with such legendary musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Buckley, Toots Thielemans, Charles Mingus, Marian McPartland, and more. Kenny is the founding musical director of the Effortless Mastery Institute at the Berklee College of Music.

Book: Becoming the Instrument: Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life


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