176: Alchemizing Pain & Accessing Joy as a Path to Power with Dr. Tanmeet Sethi

by neeta bhushan


Quote: “Every system of oppression and power thrives when we do not. And, they thrive by stripping us of our humanity, of our capacity for joy and meaning and connection and belonging.”
– Dr. Tanmeet Sethi

Today’s guest is the incredible Dr. Tanmeet Sethi, author of Joy Is My Justice: Reclaiming What Is Yours. After Aiyla was born, I faced my own challenges as a new mother of two while writing That Sucked. now what? Tanmeet, mother of three, was still a practicing medical doctor while writing hers!  

This conversation is the best of both worlds. Logic and emotion. With some scientific explanations, Tanmeet explains how she continually turns the tables on pain, transforming it into pure joy! Together, we unpack the fascinating idea that joy isn’t just a feel-good emotion; it’s a potent form of justice.

In this episode we talk about…

  • Navigating the complexities of raising a child with chronic illness and tapping to the inner strength.
  • How stimulating the vagus nerve can lead to feelings of safety and motivate positive change.
  • Practical tips for integrating joy into daily life, including movement and mindfulness practices.


Tanmeet Sethi, MD is an Integrative and Psychedelic Medicine Physician, TEDx speaker, activist, author of Joy Is My Justice. She has dedicated her career to caring for the most marginalized patients in Seattle’s refugee, uninsured, and homeless populations. She is also an advocate for the health concerns of global communities traumatized by manmade and natural disasters. 

In her clinical practice, Tanmeet weaves modern and ancient medicine to catalyze the most profound healing from within. She has integrated her training in functional medicine, fellowship training in Integrative Medicine, and her conventional medical training with her psychedelic training to create a unique approach to healing that acknowledges our own innate body’s wisdom.

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Discussion Question:

How can you shift your perspective and approach to holistic health to embrace joy as a fundamental form of justice and healing, especially in the face of adversity and challenge?

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