12 signs you have a spiritual calling (even if you don’t realize it yet)

Do you walk around feeling like there’s something missing in your life, as if you’re only going through the motions every day without feeling joy?

Have you begun asking yourself, “What am I really doing here?”

These are just some of the signs that there’s a life that you’re being called to live.

The Japanese have a term called Ikigai, which is the intersection of what you’re good at, what the world needs, what you’re passionate about, and what you can be paid for.

Some call it a life purpose, while others call it a spiritual calling.

A spiritual calling can be difficult to determine, but try to take note of these 12 signs in your life; it might just mean that you’re being called for something more important than your work right now.

1. There’s A Lingering Sense Of Dissatisfaction

You don’t get excited about your work like you used to — in fact, fewer and fewer things are exciting to you nowadays. Your days begin simply bleeding from one to the next.

In these moments, it’s normal to feel dissatisfied with life. After catching yourself staring blankly out the window, you return to your work with a huff and a sigh.

Although your friends seem to be enjoying themselves, laughing at each other and making jokes, you can’t help but only force a smile to keep up appearances that your life is going great; at this point, you’re not even sure how your life is going.

You just know that you’re not enjoying it as much as you used to.

This is one of the most common signs of a spiritual calling waiting to be answered.

2. You Want To Of Service To Others

When someone randomly asks you to do something for them, you somehow feel excited.

You throw yourself at the task, feeling like it’s the most important task in the world.

You realize that you haven’t felt that way about doing something in a few months now.

Being of service to others is one of the pillars of a spiritual calling. When we do our part to help the people around us, we get a sense of belonging.

Maybe you have a friend who wanted to ask for your advice on which online courses to take, or someone asked you to watch over their dog.

If you find yourself enjoying helping others with their favors, that could be a sign that your spiritual calling is near.

3. Your Daily Habits Suddenly Shift

You catch yourself reaching for chocolate after lunch and realize what a habit it’s become. It’s the same routine every time: lunch then something sweet.

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Suddenly you’ve become aware of your habits, and now you want to change it up.

Instead of having a piece of chocolate after lunch, you reach for a fruit instead.

You feel compelled to do so because you’ve started growing tired of habits; suddenly, that chocolate feels more like a bland obligation to stick to your routine than a treat.

This could mean that your spiritual calling is near, inspiring you to re-evaluate your habits.

4. You Realize That Everyone Is Trying To Figure Out Life Too

As kids, we used to think that adults have their life figured out; we believe that the older someone gets, the more they know what they’re doing.

But as we grow older, we realize how wrong that assumption was.

As we age, we learn that life is dynamic, and we’re all just trying to make sense of our situations.

Even as we age, we still haven’t run out of questions to ask: Is this the right job or right person for me?

Should I pursue my passion or stay because the salary is good? Am I doing this right?

It’s sobering and allows you to understand what your spiritual calling might actually be.

5. You Begin To Daydream More Often

You don’t know when it started happening, but you’ve started playing “What if?” scenarios in your head.

You get lost in thought, imagining what life would be like if you moved to Europe, or if you went back to school to get your masters, or applied for a job that’s beyond your field.

When our minds wander, it usually comes from a deeper part of ourselves.

We all have a deep desire to do something, even if others might call it crazy.

Don’t ignore where your mind wanders; it might just be where you need to be.

6. Your Comfort Zone Doesn’t Feel Comfortable Anymore

Are you happy or are you just comfortable?

When we go to a restaurant, we order the same meal.

We constantly rewatch episodes of our favorite shows and listen to the same kinds of music that we’re used to.

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After some time, these routines can grow stale.

While others may enjoy the comfort of sticking to what they’re used to, you’ve started to feel a call to try something different.

You can’t describe it, but suddenly you’re compelled to order something completely different from the menu.

You start looking for new shows to watch and music to listen to. While comfort can certainly be pleasurable, it can often stop us from living the life we were meant to live.

7. You Begin Questioning Your Life

You start looking back at your life and reflect on the choices that you’ve made.

Often, we tend to make choices because it’s what our family and friends would want for us.

We choose to wear clothes or go into this line of work because we know those closest to us will approve. But now you’re wondering if that’s what you wanted in the first place.

A spiritual calling often knocks people back into bouts of introspection.

You start asking yourself why you chose the friends you have, your relationships, your words, your actions.

This is often considered the first step in discovering one’s spiritual calling.

8. You’re More Curious About New Opportunities

Jobs that seemed ridiculous to you are slowly becoming potential options. Although you never considered it, the thought of starting a business doesn’t seem as bad now.

You’re more willing to attend workshops and talks from people outside of your industry, just so that you can get a feel for what work is like there.

You start watching travel videos online to see what living in another country is like.

This nagging curiosity isn’t simply just about following some trend; it may be your spiritual calling.

9. You Feel More Alone Now Than Before

Realizing that you have a spiritual calling can feel lonely. It might be asking you to abandon the life that you know.

Often, people migrate to different countries to answer their calls, or they make a whole career change that leaves behind the friends they’ve made at work.

Answering one’s spiritual calling is a deeply personal experience.

While you can still talk to your friends about it, only you can hear the voice in your heart that’s telling you what you need to do to live in harmony.

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10. You’re More Aware Of Your Surroundings

A common trait of people who are beginning to hear their calling is having heightened senses; it’s as if they can perceive each sound someone makes, each detail in someone’s gestures and routines.

This sudden awareness makes you feel like you’re starting your life all over again. It feels like you’re seeing the world for the first time again.

11. You’ve Begun Feeling Angry And Depressed

You look around at your life and ask, “Is this really going to be my life for the next few years? What am I doing here?”.

You don’t know who exactly you’re asking — yourself, the universe, the Almighty — but you feel frustrated about having to figure it out for yourself.

Early in your job, you enjoyed the work; tasks seemed manageable and the chats among coworkers was welcome.

But now, you’ve started to grow resentful about how tedious your work has seemingly become, and how annoying your coworkers are.

In reality, nothing’s changed — only your perception has; your spiritual calling is disrupting your usual days.

12. You Feel Bursts Of Motivation To Make A Change

You’ve suddenly started feeling more adventurous.

Though before you’ve felt jaded and disconnected from your work, your friends, and your family, now you feel energized — and you’re not even sure where this energy came from.

But now you’re motivated to trust your gut, leave your job, and move somewhere else — anything to answer your spiritual calling, whatever that may be.

Your calling doesn’t have to be as large as finding a cure for cancer or ending world hunger; it can be as simple as being a good parent or humble as being the best hair stylist in your neighborhood.

Regardless of what it is, what’s more important is that you find a sense of alignment with yourself; you discover a feeling that you’re doing what you were meant to be doing.

Your calling can happen at any point in your life; some people hear it far later than others.

There are also those who have missed theirs completely, living in regret and wishing to go back to the past.

So when you feel like there’s something out there calling for you — pick up.

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