Tracking is a practice that can truly change one’s life in surprising ways. Most commonly, tracking is thought of as a skill that relates to the identification of tracks and signs left by animals. Learning these signs teaches us about the lives of other animals—how they move through their surroundings and how the interconnectedness of all beings is woven around us all. In this context, tracking fosters an intimate relationship between the tracker and his/her surroundings. In a much larger context, however, tracking can go beyond just learning the skill of interpreting our surroundings. A mindful tracker recognizes the need to explore the terrain of the self, with an opportunity to know who we truly are in this world.
The practice of tracking is not only present while on the trail of an animal in the forest. It can be discovered and accessed within us wherever we go. This is the foundation of Mindful Tracking—it is part of our very being. Our work focuses on the process of tracking as it emerges with openness at its center. Ultimately, the gift of tracking is not just the knowledge and skill we acquire from the activity, but it is the opportunity to be open and present to who, what, where, and why we are in every moment.