For this week’s discussion forum, I’d like you to reflect broadly on the space of the garden in the readings, from the material in Kristin King’s excerpted Gardens of Heaven to the passages from Swedenborg’s writings. Weave in some of your own life experiences in gardens, or garden-like spaces, connecting them to the various green spaces that are described in the texts. Below you’ll find a sequence of images that you might wish to spend time looking at, and include in your thoughts: photographs and illustrations of Swedenborg’s garden in Stockholm, and various designs that Swedenborg liked to use in his theological works, including an image from Divine Love & Wisdom.
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How is the (spiritual) experience of nature in a garden different from experiencing nature in the “wild”– on the mountaintops of Yosemite, the lonely desert of Death Valley? How might we (re)think gardening as an inherently spiritual kind of praxis?