The character consists of 音 /yīn/ SOUND and 心 /xīn/ HEART.
We are looking at the “sound of heart”.
Chinese thinking doesn’t see mind and heart (emotions) as two divided phenomenons.
They are connected and they both are located in our hearts.
And just as a music instrument produces sounds 音 /yīn/, our mind produces THOUGHTS and IDEAS. It has its EXPECTATIONS and when we meet our EXPECTATIONS, we are SATISFIED.
Our mind (conscious) interprets the world around us and gives it MEANING and SENSE.
In order to work properly, we have to be able to address our ATTENTION.
So it is no surprise that we find 意 /yì/ in all of these words – and that is just a part – you will find here more.
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