Timothy Shieff

Timothy Shieff
Tim "Livewire" Shieff is a Parkour athlete, Philosopher and Vegan. Founding member of Storm Freerun, former Freerunning Champion and outspoken animal rights...
  • Life
  • Personal Growth
  • Wellbeing
  • Inspiring
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Tim in his own words: "I am a Human practising Being. Often we get caught up in a desire to constantly be doing something, we become Human Doings and forget our nature is to BE.

"Twice I have won World Freerunning Championships. That doesn't make me the 'best in the world' as it is an Art and therefore subjective. However, such a title would suggest some talent and expertise as a performer. The best freerunner in the world is the one having the most fun, for that is and always should be the main purpose, to play. I thrive on adventure and spontaneity because it's in our nature as humans, and life rewards these 'in the moment' actions.

"All children live this way naturally (which is quite possibly why so many of them are happier then adults) and I aim to keep this lifestyle and even regain some of the childish methods that keep the world an exciting, beautiful and abundant place. I've always been open minded and fascinated with anything physical/movement related and after a brief spell as a breakdancer due to this deeply rooted fascination I discovered Freerunning (as I most frequently call it) or Parkour as you may know it.

"I truly believe that every soul enters this physical world with a gift rooted in creativity that serves the planet as a whole. The most important thing we can do with our lives is to find and share that gift. Most of us intuitively knew exactly what that was when we were children but it's often drilled out by parents, cultures, peers and schools treating/judging us all the same and not like the individuals we're born to be.

"I was blessed enough to have parents that supported anything I showed a passion towards and so this spark was never extinguished until it found its possibly predestined outlet in Freerunning. Freerunning taught me a lot about myself physically, how to listen to my body and treat it with care and respect whilst still experimenting and not being too strict and cautious so as to lose the joy of spontaneity. But what it taught me that benefits my life more then anything physical is how powerful our minds are and what faith feels like, and that when faith is present and we make decisions out of love, desire for new experience and abundance as apposed to fear, habit and scarcity we are supported by something beyond us that we don't have a sense for and can only be felt through observing our own thoughts, emotions, decisions and outcomes.

"My gift is a physical expression of my believes that I enjoy partaking in and when I do it my mind falls silent, it brings me focus in the now and gives me access to creativity which as we all know is most flowing when our minds are quietened. However I recognise that this gift doesn't make me who I am. Who we are is what we do with the attention and respect our gift brings us from the people it resonates with. Who we are is determined by the integrity we keep, the morals we stand by and our ability to remain compassionate and mindful to others (not just humans). It is a responsibility abused a lot in the past but now the veil is lifting, people are waking up to the reality of the largely superficial world we currently live in and things are changing.

"Life is a school for learning how to think freely, how to love, care for others, have faith, create peace, overcome diseases and connect with nature. We are all students and at the same time we're all teachers. 

"I want to Inspire the youth to live clean, happy, creative and peaceful lives whilst learning to be playful and spontaneous. I want to invoke nostalgia in elders whilst learning acceptance and grace."

Love and Light

Tim