Fire… It fired up our internal systems

The fire in Ymm has triggered our internal alarm system.  It yells loudly danger, danger.  High alert!   This is a normal primal response to an unexpected threat.  Primal responses can look like….

  • Fight – anger
  • Flight – run a way 
  • Freeze – frozen in the spot can’t move
  • Submit – tell me what to do can’t think
  • Cry for Help – call for others to help needs connection

In these primal states our body mobilizes:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing high in the chest
  • Increased blood flow to the big muscles
  • Stomache muscles contract or release diarrhea or constipation
  • Our thinking brain may not work as effectively
  • Influx of adrenalin and other neurotransmitters (shaking, twitching and vibrating)
  • Changes in appetite and unable to sleep or wanting to sleep all the time
  • Emotions are intense and highly reactive to even small problems
  • Feeling disconnected from your environment like you are walking through a fog or watching a movie

We cannot control the external environment but we can help our internal environment to start to come back to prefire state.

  • Put your hand on the sides of your ribs
  • Take a deep breath and feel your rib cage move
  • Take three deep breaths holding your ribs
  • Say out loud “I am out of the fire”
  • Take a deep breath and repeat this three times
  • Notice what happens next and let me know…..

The primal state helps to get us through the crises.   As the fire moves away from our community, we need to sooth our primal brain and help our thinking, planning and organizing brain to become stronger to assist us in the challenging days ahead.


We delight in the beauty
of the butterfly
but rarely admit the changes
it has gone through
to achieve that beauty.
~ Maya Angelou

You can learn more about
a person in one hour of play
than you can in
one year of
- Plato -