Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World

Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World

Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World

Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World


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An empowering book on propelling profound social change by going inward, from a mindfulness teacher and activist who has turned personal practice into movements

The practice of self-care is most often touted for its profound mind, body, and spirit benefits. Shelly Tygielski shows that self-care can also be a powerful tool for spurring transformative collective action. In a winning combination of memoir, manifesto, and how-to, Shelly shares her evolution from a Jerusalem-born child of traditional Sephardic Jewish parents to a middle-class American suburban youth who questioned her faith to a young executive in corporate America. As she used radical self-care practices to manage a serious chronic health issue, 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 as such, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608687442
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 540,116
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shelly Tygielski is a trauma-informed mindfulness teacher, self-care activist, and the founder of the global grassroots mutual aid organization Pandemic of Love. Her work has been featured by over one hundred media outlets, including CNN Heroes, the Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A Garrison Institute Fellow, she has been called one of the “12 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement” by and teaches self-care and resilience at organizations and to audiences around the world.

Beloved comedian, bestselling author, TV personality, and activist Chelsea Handler lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Foreword Chelsea Handler xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Sit Down [The Inner Journey to Me]

Chapter 1 Agency 11

Chapter 2 Good Is Good Enough 29

Chapter 3 Not Broken 49

Chapter 4 Familiarization 65

Chapter 5 Sustainable Self-Care 85

Chapter 6 Kindsight 95

Part 2 Show Up [The Outer Journey to We]

Chapter 7 Where Is Our Village? 109

Chapter 8 Showing Up 121

Chapter 9 Circles of Influence and the Ripple Effect 143

Chapter 10 Mutual Aid: Solidarity, Not Charity 161

Part 3 Rise Up [The Movement to Us]

Chapter 11 Enough Is a Feast 185

Chapter 12 If Only for Today 203

Chapter 13 Creating Sustainable Movements 215

Afterword Sharon Salzberg 225

Sources 229

Acknowledgments 231

About the Author 239

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“[Shelly Tygielski is] saving people’s lives . . . and giving them hope.”
— President Joe Biden

“[Shelly Tygielski] is like a superhero whose special superpower is her heart.”
— Arianna Huffington

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