The Lion Tracker's Guide To Life (Hardcover)
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, and, although we learn some of the skills required for actual tracking, the takeaways are the strategies that can be applied to our everyday lives. 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. In the same way the trip in the classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a vehicle to examine how to live out our values, the story of this one-day adventure—with danger and suspense along the way—uses the ancient art of tracking to convey profound lessons on how to live a purposeful, meaningful life of greater harmony.
BOYD VARTY is a certified Master Life Coach, author, and TED speaker who has spent the last ten years refining the art of using wilderness as a place for deep introspection and personal transformation. Having learned martial arts in Thailand, hiked through the jungles of the Amazon, and apprenticed to a renowned tracker from the Shangaan tribe, Boyd currently runs retreats that merge tracking, coaching, and storytelling into an experiential learning environment at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, the sanctuary where he was born and raised.
"A quiet, delightful, unsettling read."—Booklist "A beautiful, timely book that will unleash brave minds. Packed with the rare wisdom one feels emanating off a human who has spent a lifetime attuned to and tested by nature." —Josh Waitzken, author of The Art of Learning "This book is a treasure map. It leads to precious things we all need, through an ancient experience too few of us will ever have: tracking wild creatures through wild places. With his vivid, elegant storytelling, Boyd Varty invites us into his wilderness, and into the wilderness within each of us. He teaches us to follow the trail of something elusive and powerful within us. The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life will help you find, honor, befriend, and ultimately live in harmony with your own true nature." —Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star —