Imagine a life for you or your loved ones in a place surrounded by like-minded souls, all wishing to live together simply and harmoniously…
Ananda House at Laurelwood is the first Ananda Adult Care home, where our residents—whom we consider family—can live a conscious and dynamic life with like-minded people. It is our mission to provide an uplifting environment and compassionate care, inspired by Swami Kriyananda’s 12 Precepts of Evening Hospice: Guidelines To Conscious Living. It is our hope that this house is the first of many Ananda Houses—sacred spaces that can support each of us as we enter the later stage of our lives.
Ananda House at Laurelwood is a non-profit, conscious compassion based elder care home. We are dedicated to serving God in our residents, by promoting conscious living and loving through the practice of meditation and the science of Yoga. We are guided by the teachings of our guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and our founder, Swami Kriyananda.
We also share this mission through an educational program; presenting public talks and conducting classes about aging, death and dying and eldercare; also establishing formal curricula for its eldercare/nursing education programs.
Our goal is to create a space, culture, and atmosphere for our residents that reflects our mission of conscious living and loving. We strive to achieve our mission by deeply listening to the needs of our residents and responding with the greatest love and acceptance.
Our lives are offered in openness as channels to the Divine Light, in order that, by loving cooperation with God’s grace, His light, through us, may expand its influence on our residents.
In service to our residents, our ideal is to learn how to serve God equally in all.
In meditation and yoga practice, our ideal is to set aside our little ego and to allow the divine consciousness to penetrate into every corner of our beings so that our service to our residents comes from a place of love and acceptance and not personal desire or judgement.
The values that guide us are:
People are more important than projects. Our goal at Ananda House is to create and maintain an environment that supports everyone in their quest in realizing their highest potential. Each member is recognized for their unique contributions.
Where there is right action, right outcomes will prevail. Truth is relative in the mind. It is the heart where truth can be found. When we tune into the heart our actions tend to follow truth better than if we use the cold logic of the mind.
Say Yes to Life! Life has a way of bringing to us just the lessons we need to learn this lifetime. When we say no to life we miss the first opportunity to change life circumstances by accepting what is! Only then can we find solutions.
Be even minded and cheerful. This discipline of even mindedness (Nishkam Karma, self-less or desireless action performed without any expectation of fruits or results from that action) requires from us non attachment, the release of ego-consciousness, and the release of all desire.
Tense with Will/Relax and Feel: The engagement of our willpower is a primary purpose of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises. Relaxing and feeling what is trying to happen rounds out this discipline by openly accepting guidance from God with the task at hand.
Environment is stronger than Will: The most important environment is that of the heart and mind. If we allow these to go into sub-conscious arenas we find ourselves floating in a sea of froth. Nothing is real.
Environment is an essential aspect in creating a sense of home. As much as possible, we invite children, pets, and plants into our environment to encourage a sense of responsibility and loyalty to something greater than ourselves expanding our awareness to include other residents and family and ultimately our higher selves in God.