Track Your Life with Boyd Varty

How wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients in a meaningful life.

About the show

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. 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. Trackers learn how to use all of their senses to read the environment and enter into a state of “greater aliveness.” When we learn to find and follow our inner tracks, we learn to see what is deeply important to us.

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  • Day 27 - Who Would You Be Without Your Story

    April 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 43 secs
    byron katie, clean pain, dirty pain, energy, hyena, running, sand river, scrub hare, wild dog, zebra

    There is a weird metaphysical component to how life follows our stories. The key is to pay attention to the ones that cause suffering. What I’m sayin is that you have two options to become more aware.
    Ask yourself what story you are telling about yourself when you re suffering
    Or you can get into a hyena wild dog pack fight.

  • Day 26 - Define Abundance

    April 27th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 8 secs
    abundance, book of mormon, community, nature, presence, quality, shame, stillness, success, utopia, warlord, wealth

    What else happens when you get still is that you become aware there are many places in your life where you have not showered yourself in glory. You have to face up to a certain amount of shame in your own behavior that frankly if you keep busy you can hide away. To be still means that you can really revisit those moments. Even if you don’t want to it will come up.

  • Day 25 - Sidetracked

    April 26th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 43 secs
    ancestors, camp life, elephant bull, elephants, feral, friends, kettle shower, leopards, mating leopards, parfuri, presence, stars, tracking, whales

    My quest to track a big bull elephant has still not happened. It keeps getting interrupted by lion tracks and pegasus rhino. Still this is a mission that remains high on my priority list. An animal like that has presence who has walked the ancient paths of his ancestors. There are myths of elephants who used to frequent the eastern seaboards of Southern Africa and commune with whales. These animals exist in a conscious that is beyond the verbal mind. There is no future and no past.

  • Day 24 - Pegasus

    April 25th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 8 secs
    aware, mission, pegasus, present, purpose, retreats, rhino, st frances, tracking

    Losing tracks is part of tracking. Losing yourself is part of life. I consoled myself with knowing that some of Londolozi’s elite trackers lose the tracks from time to time. St Frances said wherever you go preach the gospel but only where absolutely necessary use words.

  • Day 23 - Spirit of Spirit

    April 24th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 35 secs
    africa, caprivi, chief seattle, chobe, innocent ngwenya, kruger, lions, mana, okovango, serengeti, spirit, tracker academy, tracking, ubuntu

    How do we get back to the spirit of life?

    Ubuntu - I am because of you, you are because of me.
    Your presence helps me be a person.
    It seems to run deeper than that. Deeper than people, the animals, plants, rivers.

    Get quiet enough to really hear the voice inside you. Follow that and I suspect it will take you back instantly to the spirit of life.

  • Day 22 - Trauma Healed is Medicine

    April 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 47 secs
    alone, boarding school, boy, compassion, dysfunction, intimacy, loneliness, solitude

    If you would like to understand your own darkness ask yourself how you have hurt people in the past. If you want to understand trauma look for where you feel helpless, frozen and isolated.
    If you want to understand shame ask what you are afraid to share.
    If you want to understand how to truly heal find out what your gifts are and share them.

  • Day 21 - Mystical Visitation

    April 22nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 28 secs
    lazy, leopard, monkey, mystical, running

    Waking up I felt no motivation to get out of bed. So I just lay there.
    I thought of all the years I suffered from depression when I woke with the dreaded weight on me.

  • Day 20 - Centered

    April 21st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 8 secs
    attention, elephant, elephant bulls, felt experience, firelight, goshawk, meaening, spurfowl, termites
  • Day 19 - Track Awareness

    April 20th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 19 secs
    ant bear, body compass, career, david rattray, david whyte, martha beck, shaman, track awareness, tracking, wet

    There are worlds are information in our worlds that we don’t even know about. As I was walking past the ant bear hole a miraculous thing happened. A honeyguide came and invited me on an adventure. The bird hovered near me chattering with intense excitement. I was deeply moved by the collaboration between man and nature. I stood alone really feeling it, my own ties to the hunter gatherers. Unfortunately it was late and I could not go with the bird.

  • Day 18 - Golden

    April 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 55 secs
    buffalo, comparison, judgement, leopard, life, lion, psyche, purpose, tracking

    I’m also aware of how I have objectified myself. We think of ourselves as an object on a scale. We should be much further ahead or I’m not where I should be. I’m talking about a continuous comparative dynamic that is structured into a culture where everything is automated and commodities until your own psyche makes you a thing and judges that thing comparatively. Just think about how you drive yourself when you are exhausted. Just watch what you do to yourself when you start duding yourself. Inside that mind all the dimension of person gives way to something terribly binary. Good bad, failing winning or losing.

  • Day 17 - On the Trail of the Wild Man

    April 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 38 secs
    emily lamb, horizon, imagine, intention, masculinity, men, porcupine, simon bannister, wild man

    What does it mean to be a man? It was often a question that seemed to be asked out of profound sense of something that had not been attained or out of the question is this it? That question is only ever asked in modern culture where all our definitions are from outside of us. Society makes us but what does it make if society is flawed.

  • Day 16 - Glimpses

    April 17th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 35 secs
    david whyte, lion tracks, miraculous, ordinary, raymond, roshi, storm, zen