search (one's) soul

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search (one's) soul

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their souls and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your soul—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
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I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul.
Although this clearly offers a seemingly insurmountable task for a girl as practically perfect as me (they call me Mary Poppins at nursery), I've searched my soul and come up with a list of resolutions I'm planning on keeping until it's time for me to make another handprint calendar for the dining room door.
I searched my soul before accepting this job, and I'm really looking forward to the challenge, but I don't know what the future holds.
I have searched my soul to recall any better performance or experience in 40 years as a consumer of local, national or international arts events, and I can confidently say that Candide, in a factory in Digbeth, excels everything I have personally experienced.
At first I searched my soul for a good solid reason to say no.