Today’s task was to create a mandala in response to the desert-like dryness we sometimes experience in our spiritual lives.
“One who now receives my Word and now refuses to accept it is like a field that is sometimes green and sometimes dried up. But this person does not perish utterly. His soul suffers hunger, but he has some greenness, though not much.” Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias III.10.4
I chose to depict ocotillo — spiny desert plants sometimes planted as fences — set against desert colors, arising out of a dark dry center, as a response to this passage.