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One of the best ways to know what your soul wants is through self-reflection. You can begin by meditating, journaling, or engaging in any activity that allows you to explore your deepest desires and deepen your self-awareness.

By becoming more aware and mindful of how you think, feel, and act on a daily basis, you gain valuable insights into your soul’s calling and gain a better understanding of your true self.

What is your soul?

Your soul is a part of you that you can’t see but know it’s there because you can sense it. It’s an intangible force within you that guides your intuition and connects you to yourself and the world around you.

When you know what your soul wants, you create a deeper connection to your true self. Connecting with your true self can help you better understand how your thoughts & behavior are directed by your soul’s energy.

When you answer your soul’s calling, something inside of you lights up because you’re tapping into your spiritual energy. 

This can help shape the foundation of your personal values & beliefs to direct your actions in a manner that resonates with what your soul wants.

It’s important to know what your soul wants because we can develop layers and filters that prevent us from connecting with our soul as we go through life.

This is why I’m going to discuss all the ways I learned how to know what your soul wants in the following section.

15 Different Ways to Know What Your Soul Wants.

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what your soul wants because the timing, circumstances, or place might not be right for you.

For instance, you might be a working parent with multiple children in a 2-income earning household and you don’t have time to go off soul-searching.

Or, you might live in a society where conformity & like-mindedness are favored over individuality & unconventional thinking due to cultural values and beliefs.

None of these are wrong or bad but if you want to know what your soul’s purpose is, these factors might make it difficult for you to find it.

Regardless of where you are from, your soul will always find a way to connect with you because when you don’t answer your soul’s calling, it will find a way to hit you over the head and make you pay attention.

This is why I needed to answer my soul’s calling because it took several health issues to get me to stop what I was doing and figure out what my soul truly wanted.

Though I had no clue where to begin, I knew had to step out of my comfort zone and out of the life of stability & safety I built for myself in order to connect with my soul.

I learned that the beliefs and values I accumulated over the years became the roadblocks on my journey to search my soul and find out who I really was.

I also learned that it’s even harder to live a life that is so comfortable that it hampers your personal growth & transformation.

Even though I know I can be the best version of myself right now, I’m still on that journey because I still have room for growth and will never be a “finished product”.

This is why I want you to know the signs that your soul is calling you and how to figure out what it wants.

You deserve to have big dreams & aspirations and follow them if they’re your soul’s calling.

Here are 15 different ways to know what your soul wants.

1. Feeling Unsettled

One of the ways to tell what your soul wants is if you feel unsettled.

This sensation of unease can suggest that something deep inside your soul is off-balance and you need to start listening to it.

You don’t have to know exactly what it wants, but it helps to recognize the feeling when it surfaces so you can start communicating with your soul.

2. Feeling Stuck

Another way to tell what your soul wants is when you feel trapped; like you’re not growing or transforming in any way.

Feeling trapped in situations without any sense of change might be your soul’s attempt to signal dissatisfaction.

Acknowledging this feeling can help you gain clarity and move towards a more authentic & liberating path.

Ask yourself, “What might have led me down this path and how can I feel more free?”

3. Living on Autopilot

When you feel like your life is on autopilot, it could be a signal that your soul is trying to get your attention.

When someone goes through life on autopilot, they may feel disconnected from their spirit, emotions, and desires.

This can be a way for the soul to draw attention to a need to live a deeper and more meaningful life.

4. Anxiety over Simple Things

Feeling anxious over something small like washing dishes or brushing your teeth might signal that your soul is calling for your attention.

You can start by listening to that inner voice from within and explore what your soul is trying to communicate with you through this feeling.

5. Can’t Think Straight

If it’s hard for you to focus or think straight this could signal a calling from deep inside your soul.

Pay attention to any signs of confusion or difficulty concentrating because it could be your soul trying to tell you that you need more clarity.

Figure out how you can regain focus so you can figure out what your soul is trying to tell you.

When your thoughts can flow more easily, and you are able to move through life’s ebbs and flows with ease, you may be able to figure out what your soul is trying to tell you.

6. Craving Quiet Times

When you prefer quiet time over busyness and stimulation, it could be a sign that your soul is trying to be heard.

If there is so much going on in your life right now that you often crave quiet time, you need to slow down and “listen” to that craving.

It could be your soul trying to tell you to listen to what it wants and having quiet time will allow you to self-reflect & gain a deeper understanding of your true self.

7. Getting “R & R”

One of the signs that your soul needs more attention is an increase in negative thoughts.

When I didn’t answer my soul’s calling I remembered my negative thoughts increasing more and more every day because I wasn’t contented or fulfilled.

I found that rest and relaxation, or “R & R” gave me respite from this and I found it easier to listen to my inner self when I felt rejuvenated.

When you have more energy to focus on yourself, you can figure out what your soul truly wants much easier.

8. Doing Something Different with Your Life

I remember having a strong desire to do something different with my life when I wasn’t answering my soul’s calling.

I didn’t know exactly what my soul wanted, but I did know that it was calling me to create a life that felt more meaningful.

If you have the urge to do something different with your life, I suggest following it to help you figure out why.

It might help you tap into your soul’s longing so you can create a more meaningful and fulfilling existence.

9. Listen to Your Inner Self

I remember having a strong need to listen to my inner self and having the inclination to heed my inner voice at one point in my life.

It was a great way to get answers & guidance from deep within.

One way to communicate with yourself is through self-inquiry.  Ask yourself questions such as:

  • What do I like and dislike?
  • What do I love to do on a regular basis?
  • What would I do for free because I love it so much?
  • Where do I see myself in 5 years?
  • How do I want to live my life?

10. Meditate More Often

Meditation can be a great tool for tapping into your soul’s energy.

When you meditate on a regular basis, you train your mind to focus on what is most important to you so you can get your priorities straight.

It also allows you to tap into your inner self so you can communicate with your soul and figure out what it wants.

11.  Yearning for Peace

If you find that you’re yearning for more peace in your life, it could be a signal from your soul to slow down.

You might not know right away what it wants when you do slow down, but the answers may come to you easier because you’re not running around busy all the time.

You can meditate or try a mindfulness practice such as mindful walking to help you gain more peace so you can pay attention to your soul’s desires.

12. Feeling Lost and Disconnected

When you feel lost & disconnected you need to pay attention to these feelings because it could mean that your soul is not in alignment with its true purpose.

You can get back your sense of self and connect more deeply with your spirit through self-reflection activities such as journaling, meditation, or mindfulness.

13.  Feeling Alone and Afraid Wherever You Go

If you feel alone and afraid even when you are surrounded by your loved ones or a group of people, pay attention to that because it could be your soul trying to tell you to listen.

You can start by admitting that you feel alone and afraid. When you do this, you may find the feelings less intense.

They might even go away completely so that you can gain more self-confidence and figure out what your soul wants.

14. Life Feels Empty.

If your life feels empty it could be a sign that your soul is not being fulfilled, so be sure that you are paying attention to this feeling.

Ask yourself, “What can make my life feel more fulfilling and contented?”  You can figure out what your soul desires when you answer this with honesty and openness.

15. You don’t feel like yourself

Pay attention when you don’t feel like yourself because it can be one of the ways your soul is trying to communicate with you.

It could be a signal from your soul that something inside is not aligned with your actions and behavior.

You can start by getting to know yourself better and going on a self-discovery journey. When you know yourself better, you can start feeling like yourself and understand what your soul wants.

The answers to what your soul wants are always inside of you. You just need to peel back the layers, remove the filters, and give yourself permission to answer your soul’s calling.

I don’t always know the answers myself, but I do know that when I don’t answer my soul’s calling, my life feels off-kilter.

When I do answer my soul’s calling, my life feels more joyful, satisfying, and empowering.

More Ways to Know What Your Soul Wants

It can be challenging to uncover the deepest yearnings of our inner selves, but it’s an essential process for living a fulfilled and authentic life.

By learning to listen to and trust our intuition, we can create a powerful connection with our soul and align our actions with its deepest desires.

If you want to learn more ways to tap into your spirit, check out the 5 powerful ways to get in touch with your spiritual side and why it’s important.

Your higher self, your spirit, and your soul are interconnected. If you want to learn how to connect with your higher self, read my helpful list of 16 ways to connect with your Higher Self.

Lastly, if you love reading books, I have a handy list of 10 books to read for soul searching to help you know what your soul wants.

Thanks for reading and if you have more ways to know what your soul wants please share!

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