This week we are exploring the distinction between joy and happiness and why joy is a critical practice, especially in the face of suffering. Tanmeet Sethi is my special guest, who is the author of “Joy is My Justice.” She is also a board-certified Integrative Family Medicine physician and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The podcast explores the intriguing concepts from Tanmeet’s book, delves into joy as a path towards healing and even contributes to healing our ancestral wounds.
Tanmeet spent the past 25 years working on the frontlines of the most marginalized communities, as well as globally with victims of school shootings, survivors of hurricanes, citizens impacted by police violence, and psychologists in Ukraine under attack.
Tune in to this enriching discussion as we navigate the intersection of joy, healing, and social justice with guidance from Tanmeet.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- The difference between joy and happiness (5:29)
- Why joy is a critical practice when someone is suffering and why it’s critical for marginalized communities as a path to healing from oppression (11:11)
- The tools in “Joy is My Justice” activate the vagus nerve of the nervous system and help cultivate Joy (21:57)
- Healing our trauma and finding our Joy affects our genes and heals our ancestry (26:36)
- Psychedelics as a way to harness inner wisdom and inner healing; it is a potent way to catalyze joy (30:35)
- Tanmeet answers the question, “What is “embodied micro-resistance?” (40:11)
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Tanmeet is a board-certified Integrative Family Medicine physician and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has spent the past 25 years working on the frontlines of the most marginalized communities, as well as globally with victims of school shootings, survivors of hurricanes, citizens impacted by police violence, and psychologists in Ukraine under attack. Tanmeet has created entire Integrative medicine programs from the ground up and her expertise is widely recognized in both local and national work. She continues to teach in academic medicine, conducts clinical research on psilocybin and has an Integrative and Psychedelic Medicine practice in Seattle where she lives with her family. Her first book, Joy Is My Justice (Hachette) was published in May 2023.