In this episode of the Align Podcast, Boyd tells us how African safaris can relate to the journey into our own lives. He also emphasizes how important it is to connect with nature for our personal well-being, especially in a world where technology is dehumanizing us on many levels. Boyd shares his personal experience with trauma and how he embarked on a healing journey through transformational practices and doing the work. Join us as we discuss what it means to be human, how to live towards the feeling and giving into the idea of “I don’t know”.
What we discussed in the episode:
02:18 Deep Breathe might help you.
06:50 Who is Boyd Varty?
18:15 Awareness looking at itself as a separate point of awareness.
30:33 If I’m not busy, I get depressed.
32:26 The Deep dark, unconscious aspects of yourself will be made manifest in your material world.
36:33 Ceremony Work
49:16 How do we like to lead someone into more depth within ourselves?
01:02:02 The kudu is really travelling with me.
01:10:13 What is the evolutionary function of distrust, chronic comparison, and alienation from oneself and nature?
01:15:22 What are some natural lifestyle choices that can help soothe the nervous system in a modern world?
Discussion Topics: What you will discover from listening to this Podcast:
* Boyd’s experience of spending 40 days and 40 nights in nature, alone, without any technology
* Becoming attuned to nature
* The importance of campfires and storytelling
* Wrestling with the complexity of modern life
* How technology absorbs your attention
* Why we should stop and slow down
* The history of Londolozi Game Reserve
* Tracking animals in the wild bush
* Boyd’s journey of coming out of depression
* How to heal from your wounds and demons
* Spending time with Nelson Mandela after his release from prison
* The discovery of living an authentic life
* Almost being eaten by a crocodile
* How animals can teach us
* Restoring the wildness inside of you
* How to begin your own transformation
We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
“If it had been a horror movie, people in the audience would’ve started saying, ‘Don’t go near the shadowy place!’ And of course, as I walked past the shadowy place, I actually sat down just on the edge of those shadows. And my perception was that the water was too shallow for crocodiles. But of course the crocodile was in the hole, and the first thing that you notice when a crocodile grabs you is just the ferocity and the pressure of the bite.” — Boyd Varty
Boyd Varty (@boydvarty) is the author of two books, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life and his memoir, Cathedral of the Wild. He has been featured in The New York Times, on NBC, and in other media and has taught his philosophy of “tracking your life” to individuals and companies around the world.
Boyd is a wildlife and literacy activist who has spent the last ten years refining the art of using wilderness as a place for deep introspection and personal transformation. He grew up in South Africa on Londolozi Game Reserve, a former hunting ground that was transformed into a nature preserve by Boyd’s father and uncle—both visionaries of the restoration movement. Under his family’s stewardship, the Reserve became renowned not only as a sanctuary for animals but as a place where once-ravaged land was able to flourish again and where the human spirit could be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment, he went to Londolozi to recover.
Boyd has a degree in psychology from the University of South Africa. He is a TED speaker and the host of the Track Your Life podcast.
On today’s episode we are joined by wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, author of the memoir Cathedral of the Wild, and recently The Lion Trackers Guide To Life. Boyd joins the show today to discuss how we can learn to connect with nature more to heal our trauma and find the track of our life.
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