Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) is an interdisciplinary center within Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).

CMC aims to enhance the health and well-being of CHA and our local community by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare. Based on current scientific understanding of mindfulness and compassion, CMC encourages empirically-supported theory and practice. CMC focuses on innovation in areas of patient care, professional education, scientific research, workplace well-being, and programs for our diverse communities. Grounded in the value that mindfulness and compassion are innate human capacities that support health and well-being, CMC aims to foster an inclusive, caring and multi-cultural community that allows individuals to thrive. 

Featured News

CMC was awarded a research grant titled “Neural and Physiologic Effects of Self-Compassion on Chronic Pain” from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.  This grant will provide seed funding for a pilot neuroimaging study examining self-compassion training for people experiencing chronic lower back pain. 

CMC was awarded a research grant titled “Mindfulness Influences on Self-Regulation: Mental and Physical Health Implications” from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to participate in the NIH Science of Behavior Change Initiative. This grant will support CMC’s participation in the Mindfulness Research Collaborative with other institutions such as University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown University, Brown University, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.


Upcoming Events

Self-Compassion for Parents: Tools for compassionate parenting for all ages

Date:  Saturday, March 24th 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Harvard University SOCH HILLES 59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Do you struggle to remain kind and compassionate with your kids, but often fall short? Do you feel exhausted and burnt-out? Sometimes, parenting can seem like an impossible task.

Join two experts for this workshop to learn skills and help you develop the resources to be more compassionate with yourself as a parent, and therefore more present, less stressed and compassionate with your children.

This workshop is a benefit, supporting the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Lunch is included (along with kid friendly options!) Childcare will be available for an additional $20. 5 CE credits available for psychologists, nurses and social workers available for an additional $25.

Register and learn more

Open to: all parents (of children of all ages)