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 and Compassion Monthly Lecture Series

Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times
Susan Pollak MTS, Ed.D
Equanimity is a skill that is taught in meditation centers and is a key component in Eastern psychology and philosophy. However, it is virtually absent from the literature in western psychology. As mindfulness and compassion enter the mainstream, this is changing. Equanimity allows us to keep our balance and sanity in difficult times and enables us to be with whatever is happening. This talk will feature experiential practice as well as theory and recent research. Ways to integrate it in clinical work will also be addressed.

Date: Monday, November 6 - 6:30pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Center for Mindfulness and Compassion 26 Central St, Somerville, MA 02143 2nd Floor Community Room

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Science of Mindfulness and Compassion Symposium

Join CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion staff, Harvard faculty, and renowned experts on mindfulness and compassion on Saturday, November 18, 2017, for a half-day symposium including 8 insightful presentations on current mindfulness and compassion-based research, discussion and mindfulness practice.

CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services are collaborating to offer this first annual symposium dedicated to conversation, practice and learning related to the scientific evidence and innovations in the fields of mindfulness and compassion research. 

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

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