Soul Purpose

Science meets meditation in this floatation tank that helps achieve deep relaxation

Admit it, we are all victims of commercialised meditation and yoga therapy. Not to mention, Baba Ramdev’s bone-shattering poses that make relaxation a harder task than it already seems to be.

Luckily, American neurophysicist Professor Dr John C Lilly had developed a floatation tank back in 1954 that helps to achieve a state of deep relaxation.

Stop right there! Are you about to get started on a 1954 device?

No! We’re not talking about the water tank used by Stryker to give Wolverine his adamantium claws, that doesn’t really look relaxing. But 1000Petals in Bengaluru does have one of these miracle tanks, and it’s far from what you might expect.

With its clam-shaped contours and easy-on-the-eye LEDs, this tank helps achieve deep relaxation. You’ll find yourself suspended in a body-temperature solution comprising large amounts of Epsom salt. This helps you detach from your sense of touch, sight and sound, and you effortlessly slip into a state of pure sensory relaxation that would otherwise take years of practice.



The tank costs around ₹18 lac, but fret not - the folks over at Bengaluru offer packages starting from ₹4,000 for a 90-minute session. You don't really need to buy the tank, but if you really, really must adopt this as a way of life and you even have the money for it, the nice guys at 1000Petals will even install the whole setup for you.


Nirvana lights

The 1000Petals have another trick up their sleeve to keep you in a state of peace and bliss.

The Lucia Light N°03 was created by two Austrian doctors - Dirk Proeckl (Neurologist) and Engelbert Winkle (Psychiatrist). This is a neurostimulator which combines a stroboscope flickering light (flexible in speed and intensity) with a constant light, available in different degrees of brightness.

Slow down there on the science, writer! Tell me what it does.

Fine! It is specifically designed to activate the pineal gland which is responsible for regulating your hormonal, reproductive and sleep cycles. Ah, the one responsible for the weird dreams. And you don’t even need paper to achieve deep peace and bliss with this device. Truly cop-friendly. The light costs about ₹15 lacs, because inner peace doesn’t come cheap.



That’s what I’ve been told I am. Quite rude, really. But it all starts to make sense when you break it down. Most of our minds are constantly seeking things – new clothes, house, food – the list is endless. Swinging from one branch of life’s opportunities to the other. Never settled and, as it turns out, never at peace.  Meditation changes all that. With extensive sessions of both devices behind me, it’s easy to see why even the most seasoned athletes resort to meditation for maximum performance.