Global Self-Care Activist Rallies Millions to Show Up for Themselves and Others
Fort Lauderdale, FL. October 22, 2021 — Shelly Tygielski started a global, grassroots, mutual aid organization called pandemicoflove.com, from her kitchen table in March 2020 that has matched more than 2 million people and made it possible for donors to directly transact $60 million and counting to those in need. In her first book, Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World (New World Library; October 26, 2021; ISBN: 1608687449; Hardcover), author Shelly Tygielski, with a Foreword by Chelsea Handler and an Afterword by Sharon Salzberg, goes beyond the story of Tygielski’s organization—which has gained her a spot on CNN Heroes in 2020 and praise from President Biden, among other recognitions—to reveal her fervent belief in “showing up,” consistently, for yourself and for each other.
Among Tygielski’s insights:
- How we are each born with a sense of agency—the ability to rise up, assert ourselves, and become an agent for social change, regardless of our circumstances—and ways to uncover and nurture that seed within us.
- Why positive thinking as a consistent habit is downright impossible—and how to find simple, unconditional happiness that is not in opposition to negative experiences through conscious action and connection with others.
- Why self-care—a commitment to taking an active role in safeguarding our mental and physical wellness—isn’t self-centered but truly a selfless act—and ways to expand our view of the “self” to include our family, community, human beings across the globe and the natural world.
- The power of showing up, taking baby steps, and making incremental change—and an arsenal of tools to help anyone create circles of influence for serving others and doing good, sparking a ripple effect that continues to reverberate and inspire people of all types everywhere.
- Why we urgently need to extinguish the stigma attached to asking for help and support the concept and reality of equity, how to set up your own mutual aid network … and more.
About the Author
Named one of the “12 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement” by Mindful.org, Shelly Tygielski has appeared in The New York Times and Washington Post. Her conservative Sephardic Orthodox Jewish family emigrated from Israel to Brooklyn, where she was kidnapped as a toddler while waiting with her mother at a Brooklyn DMV office. She owes her rescue to a “Good Samaritan” who had the impetus to do what was right and kind, with boldness and bravery.
As a pioneer meditation teacher who has a “duality to be Jewish and to study Buddhism” privately, Tygielski battles an autoimmune eye disease that periodically plunges her into blindness. She organized and led the first mass meditation with a national sporting franchise, NBA’s Miami Heat, and her “Sand Tribe” gatherings has grown to over 15,000 meditators over a few years. Tygielski spent nearly two decades as an award-winning business executive, rising to president of a $70 million security firm with more than 2,400 employees, and then took a leap of faith by leaving the corporate world for the wellness space. She holds a master’s from Columbia University. For more information, please visit www.shellytygielski.com.