Sal Governale Says He Prays in Front of Trees and Has Stopped Killing Bugs

“I like to pray outdoors and I like to stare at the tree when I pray,” the Stern Show staffer tells Howard

July 13, 2020

Sal Governale still hasn’t quit vaping, but on Monday’s Stern Show the staffer revealed he has discovered how to relax his mind through prayer and meditation.

“My brain talks too much, that’s the problem. I’m trying to slow it down,” Sal told Howard, adding, “I pray at home. I like to pray outdoors and I like to stare at the tree when I pray … because the tree is part of God’s universe and it gives life.”

The staffer said he typically gets down on his knees and prays silently. “I pray for those who passed away from COVID and I pray for those who are suffering because they lost loved ones to the COVID. That’s my primary prayer,” he said.

Sal’s newfound spirituality has given him a greater appreciation of the world around him, too. “The beauty of the butterfly reminds us that, in spite of all the bad in the world, there is also beautiful things in the world.”

“I imagine that poor butterfly flying through his vape smoke,” Sal’s friend and colleague Richard Christy laughed.

Howard had a serious question. “If the butterfly is beautiful … why is the cockroach not beautiful?” he asked.

But Sal thought cockroaches and spiders were beautiful, too. “We might view a spider as ugly … but why should that spider be denied his life because he’s not attractive to you?” he said, explaining he stopped killing arachnids and most insects.

Mosquitos, however, are a different story. “I will kill a mosquito … they’re evil,” Sal said.

The staffer went on to say there are now more animals in his life than ever, from a new pet turtle to birds he’s been feeding in his backyard. Still, he isn’t going vegan any time soon.

“So, you’re killing cows and pigs?” co-host Robin Quivers asked.

“I’m not killing them, I’m eating them,” Sal replied. “Hey, you can’t cover everything in one shot. Baby steps.”

The thoughts Sal shared on Monday extended beyond the world of the living, too. He told Howard he now realizes there’s a spirit world, too. “I think it can influence our thoughts,” he said. “Slightly.”

“If you have a dilemma and you meditate you can get answers from your spirit guide,” he continued.

If that’s the case, Robin argued Sal’s spirit guide dropped the ball. “I want to know what they told him so far because his life is a mess,” she said.

Howard wondered if being influenced by spirits meant there were voices in Sal’s head other than his own.

“There are thoughts. Is that a voice?” Sal said. “When I go into a meditative state, then the thoughts [aren’t my own].”

“What have these spirits told you?” Howard asked.

“They haven’t told me really anything,” he said. “They just say, ‘Calm down. Everything’s fine.’”

According to Sal, a person’s spirit goes behind a wall when a person dies and bears witness to the living’s every move. “Heaven’s right here. It’s another dimension and they’re all around us,” he said, adding, “We can all communicate with our loved ones. We can all ask for guidance.”

Robin wondered how Sal’s life had changed since turning to prayer, talking to spirits, and abstaining from killing insects. “What has this spirituality brought you?” she asked.

“Um, I think it’s brought me inner peace. That’s what I’m looking for, you know?” he responded. “The one thing I really learned from all of this—just to sum it up in a nutshell … you just have to be good to people.”