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A Pandemic of Love with Shelly Tygielski

Meet Shelly Tygielski

Shelly Tygielski is the author of Sit Down to Rise Up and the founder of the global grassroots mutual aid organization Pandemic of Love. Her work has been featured by over 100 media outlets, including CNN Heroes, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A trauma-mindfulness teacher and 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 around the world. 

I loved every moment of this conversation with Shelly. She is the real deal, my friend. She has followed her deep desire to make a positive change in the world and allowed herself to follow the breadcrumbs. It has led her to start a global non-profit that is all about helping communities worldwide get the services, shelter, goods, and nourishment they need to be well. Tune in to hear questions you can ask yourself that are powerful AF. You can’t come away from this interview not feeling motivated to take action and be of greater service. For that reason, and many others, I am a big fan of Shelly’s and hope you feel extra inspired after listening to her story.

Sit Down to Rise Up

After following her inner guidance and signing up for a meditation class back in the early nineties in her graduate program at Columbia University, Shelly Tygielski discovered a calm and deeper connection through the power of mindfulness and meditation. Years later, she realized that if we just focus only on ourselves and our inner world but don’t use our inner guidance to make a difference, we are doing ourselves and the world a disservice. Shelly realized that we need to sit down and meditate, get calm and connected, to rise up and make a bigger impact. Her book Sit Down to Rise Up shares her insights a step further, be sure to look for that. 

A Pandemic of Love

Shelly Tygielski asked herself what she could do to solve the problem and help out her community at the beginning of the pandemic. This grassroots greater desire led her to create a simple spreadsheet that paired up those who needed help and those who could give help. This heart-centered idea ended up spreading across the planet and is now a global non-profit called A Pandemic of Love that has 280 chapters in 16 countries. In sum, you can ask ‘What if?’ or ‘Why not?’ If you follow the ‘Why not?’ thread, you could end up creating a life-changing operation, like Shelly.

Two Questions to Change Your Life

We talked about the need to not only meditate but also to honor your feelings. As Dr. Dan Siegel said, ‘you’ve got to name it to tame it’, or the phrase I live by is ‘feel to heal’. The two questions to ask yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your emotions are 1. What can I do about this? and 2. How do I come from a place of love? The focus on being loving with yourself is the game changer to feeling and expressing greater peace, both within and in the greater world.

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Final Thoughts

Shelly Tygielski is a wonderful example of how going within can help you expand without. Be sure to look for her book Sit Down to Rise Up. And if you feel called to serve look into her non-profit A Pandemic of Love



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