Strength. Feeling strong is very important to me. I began working on this mandala at a time when I was very overwhelmed and felt as if my physical and emotional strength was ebbing away. Starting the mandala was a conscious decision to reverse the process and to regain my core strength. There is a strong sense of contrast in the colors of this mandala. They embody the sharp difference between feeling strong and not feeling strong. When I finished it, I felt different and more powerful.