The word “soul” is a tricky one because it can mean many things and have different connotations. It can have religious overtones, and therefore, scare some people off from a conversation once you mention the word. For others, it can be an exciting topic and grab their attention.
“Soul” can be defined as the “immaterial essence of a person” or “spiritual principle embodied in all human beings.” For me, I use the word “soul” interchangeably with “spirit.” It is the heart center or essence that exists within us and cannot be readily identified by others. Our bodies are so evident to others; our shape, size, skin, hair. But our souls remain a mystery to others, and sometimes, even to ourselves.
Our soul speaks to us through our deepest longings. When it speaks, we can decide whether or not to listen. Our soul can “call” to us, too. People have often referred to being “called” to a vocation in the priesthood, teaching or volunteer work in a foreign country. When you feel the tug at your heart strings to be doing something different with your life, that is a calling. I believe it is always spiritual in nature. It is a divine calling. But there are many names we can attach to it: being called by God, nature, the Creator, the Universe, a Higher Power, etc. No matter the name, it is a force that helps you to see the sacred in every day.
How to listen to your soul’s calling:
1. Listen to your intuition. Your intuition is a way of knowing that goes beyond logic and the facts presented to you. It is the little voice inside you that speaks when you make choices. It’s a feeling you have in your gut, when you just “know” something and you don’t know why. But that feeling is just as real as the chair you are sitting in right now. The more you tune into your intuition and listen to it, the more you can trust and rely on it.
2. Remain open and receptive. In order to allow the world to speak to you, you must stay open to what you are hearing and seeing in terms of signs, symbols, dreams, etc. If you are not willing to listen to what the Divine is sending to you, you will miss the message.
So have you ever experienced a time when you did not listen to your intuition? What was the result? 🙂
Taken from Inspirational Woman Magazine