Your World. Your Canvas.

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© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

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And there was magic

You turned my world upside down, and it was pure magic.

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I choose to live in a world turned upside down, and separate from my fears.  Success is possible!  Beauty is everywhere!  Love surrounds us!  And – as if you would want to – there’s no going back ♥

What perspective will you choose?

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

My New Years Wish For You: Let the sun set in the East

As a boy, Walter always thought a sunset was yellow.  Fading to orange and pink, and finally to black.  He counted time with this belief, the discovery of stars signaling the end of a day.

Until that one freeing moment when Walter looked East.

This year, may you find opportunity to look East when habit draws you West.  May you find strength to challenge beliefs when familiarity leads to stasis.  May you find courage to share your insights when you discover something anew.  And may your voice lift to others as inspiration to do the same.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

A Cup Of Mindful Tea

Go ahead.  Get comfortable. 

Pour your big mug of Good Earth tea and let the steam rise to fill each inhale.  Breathe in every tangy spice tinge to the charcoal-colored leaves.  Its glory.  Its strength.  Breathe it in.

Your legs might curl beneath your seat, cushioning your weight.  Or perhaps they fall, dangling to the ground.  Wherever they are, notice them.  Appreciate their presence.  If you are comfortable, close your eyes.  Or don’t.  It’s your choice.  Whatever feels safe.

And when you are ready, bring your attention back.  Eyes closed.  Or open.  To the steam rising from your mug.  Follow its path from the surface of the water to the tip of your noise.  Its moist kiss on your skin.  Feel it rising into your nostril and through your sinus.  Its flavor transforming into warmth.  And carry that warmth.  Through your mouth, across your cheeks.  Carry that warmth, to your neck and up to your forehead.  And when it reaches its limits, let the warmth sit there.  Let it embrace the skin nearby.  Let it tickle your pores. 

And let it start to fade.  One second at a time.  The warmth only staying for so long, giving way to the crisp freshness of the evening.  Giving way to the opening of your eyes. 

And before leaving this page, go ahead and smile.  Pat yourself on the back.  From me, to you.  Go ahead and rejoice because you have just found tranquility in the moment.  You have just let the rest of time fade away.

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Now why would I walk you through such a (dare I say) ‘hokey-pokey exercise?!’  Because, first off, who doesn’t benefit from a little added mindfulness?!  At the end of a long day, at the start of a busy week, at the commercial break of a heart-pounding episode of Grey’s Anatomy, who wouldn’t gain from the tranquility of imagery – the tea optional.

But, in full honesty, why did I ask you to join me in this exercise?  Because I was tired of being patient.  It’s hard, right?!  After pressing send on so many query letters to literary agents, I was – within seconds – restless.  I was tired of playing the waiting game and ready to see the future or edit the past (because, of course, the minute you press send, you start to imagine how you could have done things differently).  I was tired of patience, and I wasn’t getting anywhere with the cliché that ‘patience is a virtue.’  Sure, patience is great, but between you and me, patience can be HARD!

So, in an attempt at patience, I opted for mindfulness.  If I can find my center in this moment, if I can open my eyes to this second of beauty, if I can open my mind to today’s world, maybe, just maybe I can stop thinking about yesterday’s loss and tomorrow’s concerns.

Maybe, with our big blue mugs of Good Earth tea and our curled legs beneath our bodies, the present is all we need.

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

That Feeling When …

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  Click Here to read the original!

Mom and I stand side-by-side, taking in the majesty of Coast Guard Beach.  From the calendar date – April 1 – and the icy rain, we both know we are a little early for the beach season.

“But the beach is so empty today,” I acknowledge, spreading my arms over the vastness of the sand.

Bundled in her black, knee-length coat, Mom steps up to meet me on the pier.  From where we stand, the beach seems endless, footprints leaving indents in the sand where someone must have walked earlier in the day.

“It’s beautiful,” Mom exhales, handing over the cell phone camera and umbrella long enough to tie her hood a little tighter. 

“It’s beautiful,” I agree, taking in the silence of the winter sea.

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Often, no one emotion describes just how we feel.  Happy, peaceful, content, blessed.  Quite simply, no single combination of words grasps the depth of these poignant experiences that make up a life.

Sure, for simplicity, for necessity, we try to narrow down the playing field of options, instructing one another to pick an emotion from a list of standard emojis.  But nothing about April 1st on Coast Guard Beach was standard.  Nothing about the crisp breeze at the shoreline matched with a pre-existing emoji, at least on my downloaded app of yellow smiley faces.

So, in a world of technological convenience and in a life moving at speeds often too fast to process, let’s remember the beautiful complexity around us, the moments so precious and the tears so painful that they simply can’t condense into a predefined standard of emotion.  Because, in those moments, in your portrayal of those experiences, you will find your voice.

What are you waiting for?  Take out your pen and paper, or click on that little Word “W” on your screen, and start creating your very own list of moments so complexly powerful there just isn’t an emotion to describe them.  Use your voice, and add some of your favorites or most memorable to the comments below!

I’ll get the ball rolling with a list of eight of my own experiences that just don’t condense into a single emotion:

  1. The feeling of standing in the warm steam of a shower, watching the water pool into little circles on your arm and roll down your damp skin.
  2. That relieving burn in your calves as you stand and stretch for the first time after a five hour flight.
  3. The moment you pull a tray of chocolate chip cookies out of the oven, standing still as the sweet smell of baked dough embraces your arms like a full-body massage.
  4. The feeling of covering the burn of a chapped lip with the tingling sting of Burt’s Bees chapstick, anticipating the cool, crisp relief that will come.
  5. The final shovel of dirt placed atop your grandmother’s casket at her hillside funeral.
  6. The touch of a pen in your hand and a paper against your palm as you scribble out the thought that kept you from falling asleep.
  7. That sensation of pressing send on an important application after spending weeks preparing the materials, years readying yourself for that step, and only nanoseconds releasing the opportunity from your own control.
  8. The feeling of driving home from a long day at the lab, stuck in traffic on Tanque Verde Rd. and Sabino Canyon, wondering if the sunset really could contain so many different shades of pink, yellow, and orange.

So tell me, what are your 9 and 10?

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.