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The Anxiety Lab explores how the (often confusing) world of mindfulness and Buddhist wisdom can help with anxiety and possibly uncover deeper truths about the mind. Hosted by comedian and neurotic meditator Sagar Bhatt.

The Anxiety Lab Sagar Bhatt

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 51 Ratings

The Anxiety Lab explores how the (often confusing) world of mindfulness and Buddhist wisdom can help with anxiety and possibly uncover deeper truths about the mind. Hosted by comedian and neurotic meditator Sagar Bhatt.

    Episode 12: Kimberly Brown Returns!

    Episode 12: Kimberly Brown Returns!

    Season 1 concludes with same guest we started with, Kimberly Brown. Kimberly and I discuss gratitude, generosity (and working with putting pressure on ourselves to give), fear of the mundane, being present to all joys and sorrows of life, and much more. Kimberly is amazing, and you can find her at meditationwithheart.com. Her book Steady, Calm and Brave is available on Amazon. As always, feel free to get in touch at theanxietylab@gmail.com or on Instagram @sagarbot. Music by Niall Connolly. Also, here’s MERCH: https://teespring.com/stores/anxiety-lab.

    • 57 min
    Episode 11: Jesse Giunta Rafeh

    Episode 11: Jesse Giunta Rafeh

    Decision anxiety with therapist Jesse Giunta Rafeh! Jesse and I talk about my favorite type of anxiety, big and small decisions, along with lots of other things like needs for approval, anxiety serving an evolutionary purpose, and EMDR. At one point Jesse coaches me through some real time anxiety. You can find Jesse at www.jesse-giunta-rafeh.com, and her book, Life Launch, is available on Amazon.  


    As always, feel free to get in touch at theanxietylab@gmail.com or on Instagram @sagarbot. Music by Niall Connolly. Also, here’s MERCH: https://teespring.com/stores/anxiety-lab.

    • 52 min
    Episode 10: Myq Kaplan

    Episode 10: Myq Kaplan

    Myq Kaplan (The Tonight Show, Conan, Letterman) enters The Anxiety Lab, and he is a tightly wound coil of brilliance and depth and humor and compassion. We spend some time unpacking the following quote by Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki: “Each of you is perfect the way you are... and you can use a little improvement.” Myq and I also discuss impermanence, psychedelics, what it means to say that someone “is trying their best,” and many other things. Myq is at @myqkaplan on twitter/IG, and his latest album, “A.K.A.” is one of the best I’ve heard in recent memory. As always, feel free to get in touch at theanxietylab@gmail.com or on Instagram @sagarbot. Music by Niall Connolly. Also, here’s MERCH: https://teespring.com/stores/anxiety-lab.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 9: Koshin Paley Ellison

    Episode 9: Koshin Paley Ellison

    Honored to bring Koshin Paley Ellison into The Anxiety Lab. Koshin is an author (most recently, Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up), Zen teacher, psychotherapist, chaplain, and co-founder of New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (zencare.org). We discuss our addiction to our phones, the regrets of the dying, the importance of real relationships, the usefulness in mining one’s history when it comes to anxiety, and lots of other things. 


    As always, feel free to get in touch at theanxietylab@gmail.com or on Instagram @sagarbot. Music by Niall Connolly. Also, here’s MERCH: https://teespring.com/stores/anxiety-lab.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 8: Emma Varvaloucas

    Episode 8: Emma Varvaloucas

    Emma Varvaloucas, executive director at The Progress Network and former executive editor at Tricycle Magazine, joins me! We talk about catastrophizing, worst case scenarios, how trying to figure out where anxiety comes from can sometimes cause more anxiety(!), volatile childhoods causing a need for control, how to accept reality AND work for change, and other stuff. You can find The Progress Network at theprogressnetwork.org. Highly recommend. As always, feel free to get in touch at theanxietylab@gmail.com or on Instagram @sagarbot. Music by Niall Connolly. Also, here’s MERCH: https://teespring.com/stores/anxiety-lab.

    • 56 min
    Episode 7: Ayo Yetunde

    Episode 7: Ayo Yetunde

    I’m thrilled to present this conversation with Ayo Yetunde, co-editor of Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom. Ayo and I discuss some of the complexities arising at the intersection of Buddhist principles and the effort to rehabilitate racial trauma. We also discuss her experience in hospice work and a few other things. Ayo is a Community Dharma Leader, Zen student, chaplain, pastoral counselor, and professor, and you can find her at centerforheart.org. For more on her work with The Buddhist Justice Reporter/the George Floyd Trials, go here: https://commongroundmeditation.org/about/supporting-the-center/


    As always, feel free to get in touch at theanxietylab@gmail.com or on Instagram @sagarbot. Music by Niall Connolly. Also, here's some merch: https://teespring.com/stores/anxiety-lab.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

cappy trish ,

A perfect listen as we emerge together

This has been a hard, unsettling, enlightening year. I saw Sagar promote his podcast at its conclusion on Facebook and immediately binged all 12 episodes over the last few weeks. It has uplifted me. It has given me so much to think about. And it has been a joy. I may even re-listen. I hope tons of people find their way to it and experience the joy too.

PHListener ,

Sagar’s Doing The Thing

Sagar’s dedication to openness and willingness to go deep with reflective self-analysis reminds me of the stories of the bodhisattvas of old that really went all-in to find the truth and be free.

Jo on ,

Insightful and funny

Accessible for the initiated and uninitiated alike.

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