Honor the Negative Space


  • Renée A. Hill Virginia State University


mindfulness, observation, attention, pause, contemplative teaching


Bradford Grant’s concept of “negative space” is the area between, around, above and below objects. Becoming aware of negative space gives us a feeling of spaciousness in our environment. Awareness of negative space as it relates to time opens our lives even more. This paper examines and helps us to value the negative space which flows around, between and through activities and which makes up the latticework of our days.

Author Biography

Renée A. Hill, Virginia State University

RENÉE A. HILL is a philosophy professor at Virginia State University.  Although her area of specialty is political philosophy, as a long-time meditator she has become more and more interested in sharing contemplative practices with her students and colleagues. To that end, she has begun incorporating contemplative practices into her classes as well as exploring content which incorporates the cultivation of inner peace and the alleviation of suffering. She has developed courses on the philosophy of compassion, healing after genocide, and contemplative practices.


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