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“Shelly is saving people’s lives… and giving them hope.”
– Joe Biden,
President of the United States
“[Shelly] is like a superhero whose special superpower is her heart.”
– Arianna Huffington
“Shelly proved that one person can bring awe into the life of another, that we can all make a difference, and that asking for help is incredibly brave.”
– Maria Shriver,
Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author
“Kindness can be contagious and [Shelly] proved that.”
– Kelly Clarkson,
Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, and television host of The Kelly Clarkson Show

A Gold winner of the Nautilus Book Award and a finalist for the Fall 2021 Big Idea Book Club.

An empowering treatise on propelling profound social change by going inward, from a mindfulness teacher and activist who has turned personal practice into movements
The practice of mindfulness is most often touted for its profound mind, body, and spirit benefits. Shelly Tygielski here shows that mindfulness can also be a powerful tool for spurring transformative collective action. In a winning combination of memoir, manifesto, and how-to, Tygielski shares her evolution from a Jerusalem-born child of traditional Sephardic Orthodox parents to a middle-class American suburban youth who questioned her faith to a young executive in corporate America. As she used self-help practices to heal from chronic health issues and a messy divorce, she had an epiphany: finding true health and peace is not a solo endeavor but one that lives in connection with others. Tygielski considers herself an unlikely meditator, activist, and teacher. But in that way she is uniquely qualified to speak to all today who wonder, “What can I do?” or “Will my actions even make a difference?” Tygielski’s work began as “me” work and transformed into “we” work. In Sit Down to Rise Up, she shows that this is possible for all of us


“Sit Down to Rise Up is the book you didn’t realize you desperately needed. Shelly shares the lessons learned from mining the depths of darkness. She is a powerful and potent teacher. Her reconstruction of “self-care” is rich and urgent. This book is a gift. And Shelly is a powerhouse.”
– Debra Messing,
Actress and Activist
“Shelly Tygielski has so much insight to share, and there’s so much to take away from this book, literally from page one. For me, there’s an anecdote towards the end that literally changed the way I’ve been thinking about things in my own life. This is a book not to miss for anyone skeptical of the idea of “self-care” and will inspire you to show up in ways big and small.”
– Busy Philipps,
Award-Winning Actress and Activist
“Shelly proved that one person can bring awe into the life of another, that we can all make a difference, and that asking for help is incredibly brave.”
– Justin Michael Williams,
Author of Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
“Shelly’s story and her ability to take action will show people how much power they really have. Sit Down to Rise Up is for anyone who is ready to heal themselves and help heal the world.”
– Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez),
New York Times best-selling author, activist, and Influencer
“Shelly is making mindfulness and self-care more accessible to everyone but specifically for individuals who have experienced trauma. In Sit Down to Rise Up, she makes the important argument that the inner journey for each person must be connected to our actions and words in the outer world for true well-being to emerge.”
– David Simas,
CEO of the Obama Foundation
“Few people in the world are actually making the measurable, tangible impact that Shelly is. That’s beautiful all by itself, but what she’s taught me in life, and in this brilliant book, is that radical self-care is what makes her productive life of action possible. She’s my peer hero and I hope this book will make her yours.”
– Shaun King,
Activist and New York Times bestselling author of Make Change
Sit Down to Rise Up is an Owner’s Manual for how to awaken the power of your ripple to elevate the world around you. And, Shelly is one of the great mindfulness teachers of our time, a captivating story-teller, and an archetype of what it means to authentically live a heart-based life. She powerfully & diligently inspires you to nourish yourself to regain your balance, heal your wounds, and set your course. And then, she guides us to an even deeper space where we discover our purpose – to help, heal & serve others using our unique gifts & our native energies. Each page of this book is brimming with Shelly’s signature fusion of vulnerability, passion and real-world life wisdom. This is the road map you’ve been waiting for to take your life and the planet to the next level!”
– davidji,
Author of Sacred Powers
“This book is a transformative guide to building a life in which showing up for others doesn’t mean abandoning our own wellbeing; in fact, the opposite. Shelly Tygielski shows us how we can heal ourselves and our communities using the same tools and basic principles. This is no abstract utopian manifesto; Shelly’s life story is evidence of that. In the face of local tragedies and a global pandemic, she has created a unique and self-perpetuating universe of care, connecting more than a million people who’ve stepped up for each other. Through Shelly, we’re reminded that our weary hearts are more than strong enough to love the world as we love ourselves.”
– Susanna Schrobsdorff,
Editor at Large, TIME Magazine
“Readers involved in community outreach will value Tygielski’s integration of self-reflection and humanitarian objectives for healing a broken world.”
Publisher’s Weekly Review
“The writing is friendly and warm, brimming with energy, imagery, and positivity—and there’s nothing fluffy about it. Indeed, this advice stands to be life-changing…”
Foreword Review
“Tygielski offers concrete advice on how to set up not only a realistic self-care strategy but also mutual aid structures that can serve both local and global communities.”
Spirituality and Health
Spirituality & Health Magazine Review
“The writing is friendly and warm, brimming with energy, imagery, and positivity—and there’s nothing fluffy about it. Indeed, this advice stands to be life-changing…”
Foreword Review


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