Track Your Life with Boyd Varty

Track Your Life with Boyd Varty

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


Notes on Reentry
May 15 • 11 min
Notes on Re-entry Bedrooms are strange. I look at the thatch roof with gratitude and a touch of contempt. Before I get to that I would like to tell you something that happened on the last evening. I was on a crest, the land fell away and 3 rhino we…
40 - Searching for the Spirit of the Great Heart
May 11 • 7 min
And then all of sudden we were there. The face of the people I love. Saying goodbye with immense gratitude to the tree and this beautiful place on the river. The last dawn from inside this experience on the river. I know this is not the end but the…
39 - Reflection
May 10 • 11 min
A ceremony is a place to remember to remember. As I walk through my last 39 days I have a lot to reflect on. I remember the resistance that arose before leaving home. I remember the anxiety of the first few days when six weeks seemed like an eternity. I…
38 - Push
May 8 • 9 min
If you think 6 weeks is long you should try two days. The moon rises here have been truly epic. Last night as it rose a small pearl spotted owl was perched on a Marula tree silhouetted for a moment. An astounding truth that the moon controls the tides and…
37 - The Two Paths
May 7 • 12 min
Wow we made it to day 37. In so many mythological stories there is an idea that when you were born a twin was born with you. It was thrown out the cot and becomes your wild twin. It’s a scallywag, an outlaw, a rogue. IT slips chocolates to your nieces and…
36 - Never Punch a Monkey
May 6 • 11 min
In the silence by the fire I suddenly heard growling. It was so constant I thought it was a generator on the breeze. It was the sounds of cats mating but without the specific sound that leopards make at the end of copulation. Lions mating. In line with my…
35 - Enchantment
May 5 • 12 min
I think of this experience as the slow removal as a shell. As the days went by I felt more myself. I felt the creativity coming back in, co-creating the story with nature. My energy levels return to new highs. My relationship with beauty was revived. I…
34 - So Many More Elephants
May 4 • 11 min
At dawn I awaken breathing misty breath up into the branches of the tree. At midday a dust devil skids across the water spreading a rainbow across the sky. At night I am still visited by a lone firefly. In Jungian dream analysis, everything in the dream…
33 - Sinking In
May 4 • 9 min
A lonely day missing people. In a week I will be complete and its starting to stir up the mind. It feels close and creates a bout of anxious immaturity. I want to talk to them now but also I don’t want to leave this tree. I have come to ride the ups and…
32 - Being Elephant
May 3 • 11 min
The days are shortening and there is a distinct chill on the air when I open my eyes onto the branches of trees in the morning. I feel saturated with natural beauty. Winter is the time my ancestors used to come to this land back in the hunting days. It is…
31 - Dialogue with Silence
May 2 • 10 min
There was once a BBC report, maybe before the second world war. This is the BBC on the hour, there is no news on the hour. Day 31, there are no new stories at this time. That’s not true, its just that I’m going to a place underneath stories. I see friends…
30 - The First Track
May 1 • 10 min
I made an oatmeal breakfast that was Instagram worthy. The brand of oats out here is called Jungle Oats with a strong image of the Bengal Tiger on the front. There is a Chinese saying that the best time to plant a tree is ten years ago or now. I love this…
29 - Pattern Tracking
Apr 30 • 12 min
Wonderful encounters continue around the camp. Two young rhino bulls made their way past camp and after a short while I got on the tracks for some fun. They led me on the southern bank of the river. Past a Sausage tree and Apple leaf when I heard growling…
28 - Call me Crazy
Apr 29 • 12 min
You would be amazed at how far crocodiles move at night. I found myself following the distinctive track for about 2 kilometers. I’ve spent a lot of time in the bush veld, but in this experience by nature of the experience I have been taken deeper. I have…
27 - Who Would You Be Without Your Story
Apr 28 • 11 min
New addition to the list of animals seen from the camp, but I will get to that. One thing about living outside is that it makes you’re more hardy. You get scrapes and bites and sometimes if can feel like a slow attrition. I decided to run to the edge of…
26 - Define Abundance
Apr 27 • 11 min
There is a line in the Book of Mormon where a Ugandan women is singing about the Utopia that can be found in Salt Lake City. At first it seems like another comedic line, but it’s actually profound. The women is imagining utopia from her point of…
25 - Sidetracked
Apr 26 • 10 min
I am missing all my friends. In my mind I find myself composing long legends of the fall type letters on a typewriter. Dear friends….the nights grow colder, I think of you often. There is something deep about missing people and staying in the feeling of…
24 - Pegasus
Apr 25 • 11 min
My decision to suspend all river bathing has been vindicated. Last night I shone my torch into the river and saw not one but two crocodiles in the water. I will tell you now about the curious incident of the rhino in the day. I went out for elephants but…
23 - Spirit of Spirit
Apr 24 • 12 min
Fresh tracks of a pride of lions in the predawn light behind the camp. Its been strangely cool, almost like a cold winter has been knocking on the door. Tracks cut down into the river and onto a beautiful sandbank. The sand allows you to see very clearly…
22 - Trauma Healed is Medicine
Apr 23 • 10 min
Last night I had a dream. I was walking around the premises of the boarding school I went to when I was ten. I could see the dull linoleum floors and the fluorescent light hallways. There I would feel more alone than I have ever felt before. Through a…
21 - Mystical Visitation
Apr 22 • 10 min
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. Connect with Boyd Varty: Website | https://boydvarty.com/ Instagram |…
20 - Centered
Apr 21 • 11 min
This morning at Dawn a spur fowl flew over me in sheer terror. A second after a goshawk came past, silent with its wings tucked. Thinking a lot about how information is transferred. Want to follow an elephant bull for a whole day. Following one took me…
19 - Track Awareness
Apr 20 • 11 min
One day before the halfway mark and I’m in a rage. In a clear blue sky a benign cloud floated over my camp and dumped everything it had on me. Everything was wet. Wet blankets, cloths, shoes which set in a whole process of drying and cleaning. The rage…
18 - Golden
Apr 19 • 12 min
Day 18 - Golden People have a saying in South Africa, we are looking golden. Well if this experience has its own ebbs of fortune, emotionality and joy then we are looking golden. The lions have returned to Londolozi and I could see the tracks of the pride…
17 - On the Trail of the Wild Man
Apr 18 • 15 min
Yesterday I walked out onto the clearing at sunset. On the hill there is the most ancient hope of a horizon. The scene was so soft with the graceful movements of the giraffe. At dusk a hyena slink past looking guilty. Hidden in everything is the unseen…
16 - Glimpses
Apr 17 • 11 min
Somethings are quite easy to talk about and it feels good to tell you what happened. Making notes help me to look deeply and sense how I am feeling. Experiences that are characterize by what’s not happening. The finger pointing to the moon are not the…
15 - Storming
Apr 16 • 19 min
If I thought I was getting into cruise mode, Day 15 took care of that. I was out of the camp early looking for tracks of lions which I followed. The confidence to make choices that stretch your flexibility My body felt weak like it needed fuel. When the…
14 - Compass Not Culture
Apr 15 • 13 min
One month of solitude to go…until what? The idea I could finish this experience is becoming somewhat absurd to me. Touch wood my camp has not yet been ransacked by baboons. Everyday I bathe in this gratitude and I would like you all to put this all on…
13 - Define Progress
Apr 14 • 12 min
I’m gonna give this one a bit of a go but it is a bit of a tongue twister….Those who bagged their game and made their camp snug and secure bedded down with contentment. The adventurer contentedly thought that the hard life was well worth it. The snakes…
12 - Learning To See
Apr 13 • 11 min
Modem life is built on a truth and a lie. Excerpt from Braiding Sweet Grass, a beautiful book about indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teaching of plant. The land is the real teacher all we need is mindfulness. It is surprising to me how much…
11 - Paradise Lost
Apr 12 • 12 min
Day 11 - Paradise Lost I suspect things get a little wierder from here. Or a little mysterious depending on how you look at it. The leopards are still mating up and down the river, as if living next door to a noisy couple. I know I must resist to fall all…
10 - Wayfinding
Apr 11 • 12 min
Journal entry, Thinking of loved ones across the world. This morning I walked down to the river and a cloud of orange butterflies encircled me. Above them an aura of dragonflies and then higher a martial eagle circling. For a moment I was enclosed in a…
9 - Jurassic Park
Apr 10 • 13 min
If you have ever wondered what’s it like living in a tree during 36 hours of rain…its pretty lousy. But truth be told I don’t mind. I feel closer to the animals and respect their resilience. Neurosis is a substitute for suffering. Out here I feel alive, I…
8 - Thank God for the Spade
Apr 9 • 9 min
My troubles all began with a frog. Actually it started when a grasshopper head butted me whilst using the toilet. I understand why people who live close to the earth belief in the changing moods of nature. The elephant cow was unnerved by me, but I saw…
7 - Solo
Apr 8 • 14 min
Journal Entry: Discovered a perfect white fluff ball of feathers. My roommate, a chinspot basis. I got to bed to roost. Living in a tree you don’t look up at birds, you are eye level. African Hawk Eagles, Chinspot Batis, Tracks, Lions, Roost, Presence,…
6 - Myth Making Tree Trickster
Apr 7 • 12 min
Let me tell you an ancient story I just made up. Try and listen with the wild part of you. Listen close and push your rational mind away, a myth is a lie about the truth. This is a myth about Lalela, the Wildebeest and the Man. All of this because…
5 - Why is Simplicity So Complicated?
Apr 6 • 11 min
Journal Entry: Wildebeest crosses river? Why did the wildebeest cross the river? Tree looks like Robinson Crusoe has taken residence. River sings songs to me. Its tune change with the breeze. I haven’t felt this still in years. I feel so much more…
4 - Safety Third
Apr 5 • 14 min
Journal Entry - Elephant, Buffalo, Bushbuck, Nyala, Giraffe, Rhino, Monkey Status Report - Very damp with plenty of spiders weaving their webs around camp. I wonder if they are weaving me in? What order of emergent order weaves webs through spiders? Today…
3 - Watch Out For The Small Things
Apr 4 • 11 min
Safety check Sat by the fire listening to night sounds Think of all the ones you love Book: Mike Boon - Zambezi. Arriving with humility to the greater rhythms of nature Rhino bull tracks: notice follow listen decipher. Level the scores with the rhino.…
2 - A Somewhat Anxious Ape
Apr 3 • 21 min
Sounds of silence and stillness. Wind comes up, coffee undrinkable. Hyenas arrive, sunrise meditation. Giant baboon flood debris (Raymond). Minimalise my emanation of physical output is the ground from which deeper changes can emerge. Understanding and…
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Apr 2 • 21 min
Boyd reflects on Day 1 of his 40 day, 40 night journey into the wilderness. He sets up camp at the Treehouse and takes us through his daily routine Connect with Boyd Varty: Website | https://boydvarty.com/ Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/boyd_varty/…
40 Days & 40 Nights Preparation
Mar 29 • 18 min
Boyd begins preparing for his immersion into the wilderness by spending the morning tracking a pride of lions which ends in an unusual encounter. Together with the increase in temperature at the end of the summer season Boyd contemplates the impact of the…
40 Days & 40 Nights Introduction
Mar 26 • 24 min
What happens to your consciousness and being stripped away from modern life. Why did all the mystics return to nature for extended periods? What does the exploration of spirit look like in a completely natural environment? What am I and What do I become?…