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

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Symposium on Technology-Assisted Meditation at Harvard University

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Register and learn more

All are welcome to attend.

Join us for an experiential and collaborative day that embodies connection, discovery, and awareness. This symposium will showcase innovation and research in the fast-growing field of technology-assisted meditation and include panel and group discussions, movement, reflection and interactive experiences.

Registration: $175. Continuing Education credits for social workers, psychologists, and nurses will be available for an additional $25. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 
Student, minority, and need-based scholarships available - please apply at: www.chacmc.org/scholarship
Tuition Reimbursement available for benefits-eligible CHA employees! Email us to sign up.

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FREE Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series!

Dates: Monday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, September 2018 through June 2019

Location: alternating locations: CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central St, 2nd floor, Somerville, MA 02143 and Harvard University, Mt. Auburn Room 2nd Floor, Smith Campus Center, 1350 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

See our Workshops & Trainings page for full lineup of lectures!

Offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion of Cambridge Health Alliance, and David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services.