The Way of the Tracker
Over the last 10 years Boyd has a developed a system of life coaching called “Track your Life.” Using the ancient art form of tracking and the skills and mindset of some of the world’s best animal trackers, Varty’s system invites us all to “live like a tracker”.
The system is build on a process of discipline, attention and presence and will connect you with your own ability to find your “track” the place where you feel alive, motivated and passionate. Tracking will allow you to navigate the inevitable transitions in personal life and career. It will teach you to create an outer life that is a reflection of your inner values and learn to read the trail of your inner guidance system with speed and precision.
“One of the great discoveries of my life was that my two passions tracking and personal transformation, when combined, create a way of thinking about growth and change that is elegant and accessible.” – Boyd Varty
At a certain point Boyd realised that spending hours and hours out in the wilderness with some of the worlds best trackers was showing him the process of how to find what animals he was looking for in vast terrain and amidst a lot of uncertainty. Varty started see that the tracker’s process had more to teach that just finding animals. He realised that you and I could adopt these tools in order to find a new expression of ourselves in the discomfort and uncertainty of change.
To be a tracker you will need to:
- Have a relationship with the unknown
- Learn the art of the first track
- Generate a following state
- Handle losing the track
- Learn to read your body tracker
- …and many more things.
Trackers go their own way. Their authority is to their own integrity. The way of the tracker is for people who want to make their own path under their own guidance.
Tracking a Meaningful Life
Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. In The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life.
Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both successful lion tracking and a life of fulfillment. When we join Boyd Varty and his two friends tracking lions, we are immersed in the South African bush…
To understand tracking, picture yourself alone in an airport or a train station. You’re reading the signs of the landscape (the message boards, the gate directions, the drone of announcements), but you’re also quietly observing, interpreting body language, studying behaviour, understanding universal patterns and rules. You’re on a mission to get somewhere, but you’re simultaneously learning about the world you live in.
Tracking in the wild is the same, but this time the process is much more conscious. You notice animals’ footprints, smells, the behaviour of birds, the direction of the wind, the way a patch of long grass has been dented by a creature passing by. Your senses have to draw on these signs and produce a “whole” understanding: who has been here, when, and why?
As you immerse yourself in the beauty of the experience, your consciousness drops down into a space where it is much more sensitive to your true self. You are in the flow, aware of how the nature around you reflects your inner nature, your internal landscape. As you solve the puzzle of your surroundings, new solutions to your own internal conflicts begin to suggest themselves. Before you know it, you’re on top of the pride of lions that you’ve been tracking. At the same time you’re halfway to solving a personal challenge that’s been on your mind for a couple of months.
There is nowhere that I feel more connected to the world and to myself than when I’m out tracking in the wild.
When you become a tracker you will step outside of culture. This is a great challenge, because what you’re left with is infinite possibility for your life; there are suddenly no parameters.
So how do we find our way to the life we want and our unique place in the world?
We track it.
The Tools of the Tracker?
You will find your way to your unique expression using the same tools of the tracker that I learned from earliest childhood, tracking wild animals in the African wilderness.
These skills are:
- the ability to read the landscape of your body for the signals it’s giving you
- to become extremely aware of the subtlest signs,
- the ability to move fluidly between extreme detail and a broad vision for yourself
- the ability to generate an energy state that is focused, resilient and committed, yet also lighthearted and playful
- the ability to create a resonance with that which you are tracking.