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

Summer Retreat in Compassion:
A Compassion Retreat for Practice, Forgiveness, Connection and Gratitude

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: Cambridge Hospital Learning Center A/B  1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Register and learn more

Open to all with a mindfulness-based practice

Re-connect with your own capacity for forgiveness and gratitude. Using skills and practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion program, this workshop will provide the opportunity for practice and guided activities reflecting on gratitude and forgiveness. This is an opportunity to take time to care for yourself in the new year with mindfulness and self-compassion! 

$75 Registration; 3 CE credits available for Psychologists and Nurses for $20.  Lunch will be provided. See registration page for details on Continuing Education.