The Earthbody Blog

A curated guide to holistic wellness

Welcome to my journal. Each week I share a story that turns my mind with the insights, goof-ups, and lessons I discovered in the exchange. I also believe that the good life takes practice. Here's where I'll share resources in meditation, self care, daily ritual, wholesome nutrition, and the best in body~mind wellness. Thanks for reading and welcome to the family.

Denmo Ibrahim, Founder & CEO Earthbody.

Rituals for Release

Tasting Tension ~ I am complete ~

A series of rituals for beliefs, relationships, or patterns that need to be cleared.

step one | articulate

I have been feeling attached to ________________________ but essentially I feel that I’ve been clinging to __________________.

step two | accept

My attachment to ________________ has helped me_____________.
I am grateful for the lessons this has brought into my life.

step three | release

I am ready to move on. Today I release this attachment. I see that clinging on no longer serves me. From this moment onward, I bring only positive and supportive relationships to myself.

step four | twist

Lie on your back with arms outstretched. Lift your right knee to your chest and gently twist to your left with your head moving to the right. With each inhale, find length. With each exhale, deepen the twist. Twists help to release that which is not serving you.

step five | fire cleanse

Standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips, place your hands on your knees and lean forward with strong arms. Inhale deeply, look upward toward the sky, and expand the front of your body. Curl forward and exhale powerfully through the mouth, curling your tailbone and rounding your upper back. Contract your lower abdomen and diaphragm as much as possible. You are pulling your navel into your spine—this is where the magic happens. Hold your lungs empty for a few moments, release your stomach and THEN inhale. Repeat until you feel light and warm from the inside out.

step six | integrate

Sit in stillness. Inhale through the nose, meditating on the word complete. Exhale through the mouth, meditating on the word release. Focus on discovering the bottom of the exhale.

step seven | begin

Wash your hands with the intention that you are washing away attachment and creating new energy for the day. If you like, we recommend using Repair, an organic herbal balm of comfrey leaf and calendula flowers, to kiss your new hands.

Tasting Tension

Tasting Tension It’s easy to think that having tension in the body is a bad thing.

“My shoulder’s are killing me.”
“My hands are tingling.”
“I can’t turn my neck to the right.”

There’s nothing wrong with tension. What’s terrifying is how we deal with it.

We ignore signs of our body needing relief. We hype ourselves up on caffeine. We’re too tired so we stop exercising. We constantly degrade ourselves in thought, speech, and mind.

Slowly, we begin using less and less of our bodies.

We work from home. We have it delivered. We drive.

We’ve created a very interesting situation for ourselves.

Tension is a way the body tries to get our attention. Tension = Attention.

Note: The body may have a different time to process than the mind. It may also require a whole new way of processing. Perhaps the body is aching for stillness, for touch, or for simple awareness of the guest that lives in this guesthouse. The body needs regular time to decompress. Getting in for a bodywork session once a week is a good start.

Rituals for Clarity

Four Years of Healing at Earthbody myth | “sleeping in = more rest”

Sleeping through sunrise is in opposition to the natural cycle of waking and can create sluggishness. Fall into balance with the sun and moon by sleeping early and rising early. Essential oils can stir the senses naturally if you need extra support. Use a dab of relief, our handmade coconut tea balm of eucalyptus, lavender, and marjoram, to brighten the mind.

routine | set a schedule
rise time: 5:30 a.m. … bed time: 9:30 p.m.

Routine can support health. As the season ebbs and flows, we can find balance by sleeping and rising with time. If possible, wrap up all mental activity an hour before sleep. Stay in relation to the cycle of the sun and moon.

practice | 10-minute meditation

Sit down in a clean, clear area free from distractions. Sit upright with your eyes open, looking slightly downward. Focus your attention on your breath. If you find your mind wondering, return to your breath. This is the practice. Warm exhale, cool inhale.

exercise | take a hike

Put a good pair of shoes on and go for a brisk 45-minute walk. Pump your arms, listen to music, and get your entire body involved. You’ll feel alive and ready for the day.

drink | green tea

Too much caffeine taps the adrenal glands, creating a sense of fatigue. Switch out your black coffee for green tea and get your daily dose of L theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that promotes alpha brain wave activity, making you feel alert without the jitters.

meal | fast till lunch

If you’re feeling heavy or dull, skipping a meal can increase mental alertness and kindle the digestive fires. Simply wait until you experience hunger. Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and heavy combinations. Let your body be your guide.

body | stimulate the organs

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Stimulate the lymphatic system with invigorate, our very own mineral-rich body salts made with rosemary, grapefruit, and blood orange. You can also use a dry brush to exfoliate from head to toe before showering. Finish with a quick cold rinse. You’ll look and feel amazing.

Creating Boundaries

Four Years of Healing at EarthbodyA fence is a boundary. Visually it says, do whatever you want but don’t cross this line. It’s clear. Most of us wouldn’t find ways to get over the fence. We’d assume it’s there for a reason and that it doesn’t really concern us anyways. We could just as easily go around or find another way.

A door is a more flexible boundary. You can come right up and knock on it, but I choose whether to answer or not. And even if I do choose to answer it, I then decide whether to let you in or not. So doors are cool. They give you a way to control what comes into your space.

But what about the other boundaries—ones that aren’t as obvious? Like working past your physical limit? Or committing to more projects than you can actually take on? Or forcing yourself to stay awake, go further, nod in agreement when you don’t actually agree.

Boundaries define a person. A boundary means you have an edge. It doesn’t have to be rigid; it can be flexible. But whatever pushes against that line is your point of reference. It outlines what you value.

Boundaries are commitments you keep to yourself. You can save yourself a lot of headache by letting people know where your lines are. It’s not going to offend them. If it does, maybe they shouldn’t be dealing with you; in fact, it sounds like they may not have set their own clear boundaries. But first you have to know what’s important to you. Where do you stand? Ask yourself what do you value? What area’s of your life will you always protect?

When you listen to the message of the body, you may realize that frankly, you’re just the messenger. Your Body has her own mind, her own wants and desires that may be different than your Mind-Mind. So speak up. Define your line. Be a protector for the you within.

What is Ritual?

Four Years of Healing at EarthbodyA ritual is a set of actions performed with intention. That’s it. Anything can become a ritual if those three parts are included—action, performance, and intention. Let’s break it down.

Action. Action is something physical. You can’t just think or talk about brushing your teeth. You need to actually pick up the toothpaste, uncap it, squeeze out the paste, hold the toothbrush with the other hand, and then brush. Those are a set of actions.

Now, is brushing your teeth a ritual? It could be. But it needs performance and intention to be ritual. Without those two key players, it’s just a means to an end.

Performance. That’s interesting. Ritual requires performance? Really? Well, let’s look at traditional performance. In theatre, actors need to hold a certain amount of attention for an audience to be interested. Without the right amount of energy, if it’s too pedestrian, it will fall flat. It’s not worth watching.

In ritual, performance isn’t something you do for someone else; you are both the observer and the observed. You become aware that something is occurring. When you engage in ritual, you allow your own creativity to get involved—for example, by enhancing the mood (should I brush my teeth by candlelight?), choosing the type (gel or paste?), or making up playful rules (I’m going to hold my ear while I brush my teeth). A sense of performance heightens the action so it’s not just ordinary, but instead a work of art.

Intention. Truth be told, intention is where any ritual really begins. What do you want to feel, be, do, have, or let go of? If I were feeling stressed out, for example, I might create an intention to feel lighter. I might imagine myself literally in the clouds, wearing white, with wings on my back. As I brush my teeth, I could imagine the paste creating a million little clouds alongside my gums and teeth, lifting me up to the sky. Intention is the secret of why we do what we do.

Ritual, then, is a physical act of intention -- a symbol of greatness that you create. It is powerful, possible, and practical.

Are there aspects in your life that you could turn into ritual? Do you want to create a ritual to work with an intention?

You could start by looking at your life as it is. What are the actions you do regularly? They could be working out, showering, washing your face, using your phone, riding the elevator, walking to work, driving home, sleeping, waking up, making coffee, putting your shoes on, etc. Returning to these daily actions with a fresh view may be all you need to totally transform. Ritual is a set of actions performed with intention.

You can create ritual. You can invite ritual. The practice of ritual will change your life.