A Safe Place to Hide

In bullfighting there’s a place in the ring where the bull feels safe. If he can reach this place he can stop running and gather his full strength. He’s no longer afraid. From the point of view of the matador this is when the bull becomes dangerous.

This place in the ring is different for every bull. It is the job of the matador to make sure the bull does not have time to occupy this place of wholeness.

This safe place is called the caransia in bullfighting.

And for human beings there is also such a place. For when a person finds their caransia in full view of the matador they’re calm and steady … wise. They’ve gathered their strength around them and the silence of that moment is more secure than any hiding place.

–Buddhist Monk Jack Kornfield