回心 (eshin): Trun your mind around.
Although commonly translated as ”turn your mind around”; suggesting a change in one's attitude, I think it goes deeper than that as well. I think of kokoro as a jewel, constantly being polished, and I feel that eshin is a reminder to us to look at the facets of our own kokoro and recognize our own preconceptions and biases. By turning the jewel that is our kokoro around and around and examining ourselves deeply, we accept ourselves as we are without illusions while also accepting the differences between us and others. Thus, when conflicts arise, we can identify the source and smooth that edge, creating more harmonious relationships and develop gentleness within ourselves.
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association