心不在焉

ChineseEdit

heart; mind
 
to be not at; to be out; to be dead
to be not at; to be out; to be dead; to have passed away
where; how
simp. and trad.
(心不在焉)
不在
Literally: “the heart is not here”.

EtymologyEdit

From the chapter Great Learning of the Book of Rites:

心不在焉視而不見聽而不聞不知修身 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
心不在焉视而不见听而不闻不知修身 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Daxue
Xīnbùzàiyān, shì'érbùjiàn, tīng'érbùwén, shí ér bùzhī qí wèi. Cǐ wèi xiūshēn zài zhèng qí xīn. [Pinyin]
When the mind is not present, we look without seeing; we hear without understanding; and we eat and do not know the taste of what we eat. This is what is meant by saying that the cultivation of the person depends on the rectifying of the mind.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

心不在焉

  1. absent-minded; absent-mindedly; preoccupied

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