On 10 February 2007, Tim Leach’s life changed forever when a freak skiing accident almost killed him. Until that point, he had planned on becoming a lawyer and was filling the time after completing his degree living a care-free existence. However, the skiing accident and, further down the road, signing up with a dating expert in the hope of finding true love, completely changed the course of his life forever.
By being introduced to meditation and adopting some basic tools for life – involving simply becoming kinder to both himself and others – Tim has found happiness. He’s now ready to share what he’s discovered with his book, Timinology, which is scheduled to be published on Monday 12 March 2018; to coincide with Brain Awareness Week (12-19 March 2018).
“Timinology is my approach to leading a happier life; no matter what life throws at you,” says Tim Leach. “We all have demons, with many of us not having the tools to face them. My aim with Timinology is that by reading about my experiences, you can use some of the lessons that have enabled me to be happy as invaluable armoury to conquer your own demons.”
So, what happened?
Tim, an experienced skier, was in the midst of enjoying a ski season in France when he skied off a cliff. He broke his neck and back, snapped his cruciate ligament, shattered his left ankle and smashed his head so hard that his only hope of survival was to be placed into an induced coma, where he remained for three weeks.
“At the time, I genuinely believed I was the unluckiest person on earth – however, my injuries could have been significantly worse; I could easily have been completely paralysed or died,” says Tim. “It was very hard for me to see at the time, but I now view the accident as a blessing in an extraordinary disguise, and something that has led me to a place I probably would never have reached, had it not occurred.”
How did you move on after such a traumatic experience?
After the accident and time spent recuperating, Tim set up a clothing brand, yet he was still struggling to find contentment, feeling as though he was being left behind as he was surrounded by friends getting married. Deciding that not having found true love was hindering his happiness, on a whim, he signed-up for a day’s course with a pick-up artist (PUA). The techniques he learnt during that day were useful – but it was the seemingly random introduction to meditation at the end of the day that has since changed the path of Tim’s life.
“A young man, roughly my age, entered the room,” remembers Tim. “Straightaway he seemed different from the other PUA’s we’d seen that day. His opening line, ‘none of you will successfully find your perfect match until you completely understand and find yourself’, reverberated within me.”
Since then, Tim has developed a daily meditation practice and through this he’s pulled together the tools by which he lives a happier and more fulfilled life – which cover elements including wellness, exercise and nutrition. At the centre of ‘Timinology’ is ‘kindfulness’.
Can you explain kindfulness for us?
“Kindfulness is exactly how it sounds – being kind to yourself and others in a mindful way,” says Tim. “It concentrates on dealing with a more natural approach to meditation and compassion, without bogging you down with a lot of spiritual elitism that many hard-core meditation and mindfulness disciplines exude.”
However, Tim is keen to stress that he is no guru or hippy, he’s just a normal guy.
“I’m no different to anyone you might meet in the street. I have a circle of close friends and I’ll happily spark up a conversation with anyone crossing my path. But I wasn’t always this way. I have not, through my creation and adoption of Timinology as a lifestyle choice, transformed into a beacon of spiritual light and love, who can see the peace and beauty in everything. That’s a pretty unrealistic expectation for anyone. What I have done, however, is become infinitely more attuned to myself, through mindfulness. I am calmer, more loving, happier and generally a better person to be around. I love myself, which means that I can now wholeheartedly love other people and be loved in return, making me the happiest I have ever been. My aim of writing this book is to help people to ultimately become better friends with themselves and others around them.”
Tim now offers a life consultancy service and runs eight-week mindfulness courses for anyone wishing to become more affiliated with the practice. He also gives talks to students, teachers and parents about living a happier life. For more information, visit: www.timinology.com/