The universe plays a larger part in your relationship than you might notice.
It pays to be sensitive to the random pangs of longing and yearning that you feel — that may be the universe telling you something.
If you thought your breakup with your ex was final, but there’s something in the back of your head that’s saying otherwise, don’t ignore it. Listen to it. It may be a sign that there’s more to your ex than you realize.
Here are 12 ways the universe is telling you that someone will be returning to your life and that your paths are set to cross one more time.
1. The Breakup Was No One’s Fault
Think back to why you broke up; was it because they were moving far away, an opportunity opened up for them they couldn’t afford to pass on, or anything else that was outside of your control?
When relationships end because of factors beyond your control, that’s another way for the universe to tell you that maybe that door isn’t completely shut.
You would also know because you don’t feel any resentment towards one another.
The only things you feel when you think of them are joy and an unexplainable warmth.
If it hadn’t been for those exact circumstances, you’re confident that your future together would’ve lasted years.
2. You Still Keep In Touch
Your ex is still a text away.
And you somehow don’t feel weird about still hitting them up — mostly because they still send you messages too.
Although maybe the daily conversations are gone, you still know what’s going on in their lives, through social media or your own social circles.
Even though you broke up, it doesn’t feel like you have. It might not look like it either.
The way you both keep your casual relationship still so fresh could be the universe’s larger plan for you two.
The gravitation that you feel for each other doesn’t seem to have gone away, and it shows.
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3. Deep Down, You Still Care About Them
Even if you’re officially not together, you’re confident that if anything bad happens to them, you’ll be right there for them.
The breakup didn’t mean that your feelings for them ceased to exist.
Remember that energy in the universe is neither created nor destroyed — it only changes form.
The love you feel for each other before may not exactly be romantic anymore, but you know there’s still some force that assures you that you’re never going to let that person feel lonely.
They may not always be present in your day-to-day life anymore, but you still deeply care about them the way you do with your low-maintenance friends.
4. You’re Striving For Similar Goals
Maybe the breakup was because, at the time, your lives seemed to be going in opposite directions.
The universe has unknown plans for our lives, and we never truly know how long paths will travel in opposing directions.
But the universe can give you a hint when it’s got a change of plans.
After a few years, if you notice your ex working on similar projects as you or running in the same professional circles, that might be a cosmic collision waiting to happen.
The world can be a small place if the universe wants it to be.
5. The Physical Attraction Hasn’t Faded
You know that you’re supposed to find another person to be physically attracted to — but nothing seems to compare to your ex.
In every person that you find attractive, there’s always a feature that resembles that of your ex; whether it be the shape of the nose or the sound of the laugh.
And when you’re with your ex, you notice that your heart starts beating just a little bit faster.
In a crowded room, your eye still naturally gravitates to them.
Call it muscle memory or call it a cosmic message; either way, there’s no denying that you still find them attractive.
6. You Feel Comfortable Around Each Other
Even after the breakup, you’re still each other’s best friend. You don’t feel like you have to hold anything back when you’re with them.
When there’s something in your life you need help figuring out, you don’t have a problem asking them for their advice — they know you more than anyone, after all.
The most telling part of how comfortable you are with each other?
When you don’t feel the awkwardness that most exes feel when they’re together somewhere; the one where you have to change your seat at a restaurant to avoid each other’s sight.
If you don’t feel that, you’re in a cosmic position for romantic opportunity.
7. You Can Still Read Each Other
When you’re together, you can still get the general sense of their mood. You’re still sensitive towards their true feelings.
When they’re smiling, only you could tell if they’re genuine about it or if they’re trying to hide something that’s bothering them.
Likewise, if you’re got something pressing on your mind, they won’t hesitate to bring it up because they might’ve noticed the way your eyes seem to wander off or the lower tone of your voice when you speak.
These are signs that they have not forgotten about you, and that the universe is telling you to pay attention.
8. There’s A Lingering Feeling of Incompleteness
Partners in a healthy relationship are expected to be whole as people by themselves.
That means that you don’t form a symbiotic relationship where one person relies on the other to stabilize their mood and get by in life.
But after a few months of the single life, and feeling settled with yourself, do you still feel that something may be missing there?
As if there’s some empty space that hanging out with your friends or finding a new hobby can’t seem to fill?
That might be the universe clueing you in on something important — that your ex still impacts your life more than you thought.
9. The Chemistry Is Still There
Conversation flows, and no awkward pauses stop your momentum.
You find yourselves still laughing at the same jokes together, even one-upping each other to make it even funnier for the both of you.
You also feel like you don’t even have to put a lot of effort into getting along with each other — it’s natural for both of you.
The breakup wasn’t as damaging as you thought because here you are still on speaking and laughing terms.
If you’re somehow still on the same page when you’re talking to each other, don’t let it go unnoticed.
The universe might be telling you something.
10. No One Compares To Your Connection
Interacting with other people just doesn’t feel the same.
You’re close with your friends and family, sure, but when you’re with your ex, something just clicks.
You can notice this when you seem more in sync with each other’s trains of thought than with any other person that you hang out with.
As hard you try, you can’t seem to find anyone that understands your vague references to niche movies as much as your ex did.
Or someone whose presence makes you feel an unexplainable warmth inside of you. Take the time to quietly reflect on these feelings. The universe is trying to tell you something there.
11. They Appear In Your Dream
Sometimes the universe can’t communicate with you during the day.
So instead, it speaks through your subconscious at the one time of the day when you’re not in the driver’s seat of your mind — when you’re in bed.
Dreams happen without your control.
If your ex appears to you in your latest dream, that might mean that the universe intentionally pulled out a memory of your ex to show you, for what reason exactly?
Now that’s up to you.
12. You Can’t Explain It But You Just “Know”
There are some things that we do despite the rational side of us. That’s because feelings and emotions — the ingredients of authentic connection — come from a place that scientists have yet to understand. That’s where the universe speaks to us.
When you take the time to pause and try to objectively reflect on your feelings, there’s always that one thing that seems to come up without fail — your ex.
And every time they come up, you don’t feel anxious or angry. In fact, it almost feels like a common place for your mind to wander off to.
You can’t describe why this happens, but it does — often.
This could be the universe at work, whispering to your heart that there is a door you once thought was closed was still open; there’s a person out there that knows you better than anyone that’s about to return.
You can’t get away from them no matter how hard you try.
This is the moment to be honest with yourself; to listen to your heart and your gut. Trust what the universe might be saying to you. It might just be your soulmate.