Finding Querencia

Finding Querencia

In bullfighting there is an interesting parallel to the pause as a place of refuge and renewal.

It is believed that in the midst of a fight, a bull can find his own particular area of safety in the arena. There he can reclaim his strength and power. This place and inner state are called his querencia.

As long as the bull remains enraged and reactive, the matador is in charge. Yet when he finds querencia, he gathers his strength and loses his fear. From the matador’s perspective, at this point the bull is truly dangerous, for he has tapped into his power.

Brach, Tara (2004-11-23). Radical Acceptance (p. 64). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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