BREATHE Stanford – Live Music to Calm the Mind

October 19, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Anxiety is an emotion that can be hard to control. It can feel all-consuming, like you're just along for the ride as your mind races ahead at full speed. But there is one tool that you always have with you that can help calm your anxiety in any situation: mindful breathing.

In this free in-person session, pianist and composer Chad Lawson will explore how focused breathing techniques combined with live meditative music can help achieve a more relaxed state of mind. Drawing parallels between breathing and music, Lawson will demonstrate how emotions are not only a key aspect of social cognition and communication but also initiate homeostatic physiological and cognitive functions that help us deal with different challenges and opportunities.

During the session, Lawson will use original live music, guided meditation, and focused breathing to positively influence our emotions. You will discover how to ease the mind, relax the nerves, raise the smile, and most importantly and intentionally… BREATHE.

Instructor: Chad Lawson is a world-renowned Steinway artist, pianist, and composer. Known as a modern-day master of reinvention, he brings classical music to a wide audience through his original compositions and exceptional interpretations of beloved pieces.