Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a daily ritual that may seem unusual for a rocker: prayer.
“I’m a praying guy,” the 60-year-old told the Los Angeles Times. “I pray in the morning when I get up, when I go to bed, when I eat. And when I do an interview, I’ll just stop for a second — like, let me get out of the way and let go of everything.”
He continued, “I’m not religious in any way, but I kind of believe in God. And I try to live a life that honors my idea of what God is — like a divine energy.”
Flea, born Michael Balzary, has been with the Red Hot Chili Peppers since their formation in 1983 along with lead singer Anthony Kiedis.
He explained he read a self-help book by Jon Kabat-Zinn that helped him look inward, and that was when he had a breakthrough.
“I started thinking about that emptiness, and in that moment God just made perfect sense,” he said.
Though he does not belong to any particular church, Flea revealed he did attend a few to see if any were the right fit for him.
“I thought punk rock was intense. Punk rockers are a bunch of p—ies compared to a church where people are speaking in tongues and throwing themselves on the ground,” he said.
Flea still performs with the band, and he also hosts a podcast, “This Little Light,” where he interviews other artists.
As to be expected, he is not raising his son on typical children’s songs.
“The wheels on the bus aren’t going round and round in our house. F— ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,'” he said with a laugh. “We’re listening to Sonny Rollins.”