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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course
Through this MBSR course, participants learn tools to foster mindfulness, reduce stress, enhance resiliency, and bring attention to engage with the challenges of everyday life. Participants are provided resources and weekly home practices to engage with between course meetings. Open to: all levels of experience with mindfulness and meditation, including beginners.

Free One-Hour MBSR Intro Workshops:
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Cambridge Hospital
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 pm at CMC 

MBSR Summer 2017 Course Dates: 
Wednesday Evenings July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Retreat: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:30 - 4:00 PM
Click here to learn more and register

Location: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143, 2nd Floor Community Room

Instructors: Juan Jose Miret, PhD and Natalia Cepeda, MA