Mike Salemi: How To Create Your BEST Life Path

“We are more than who we think we are. We are more than what we do. There's a time and a place for the hustle and the grind but we need to develop those pause points and moments in our day to reflect: Is that actually true? Or is that coming from a wound, projection, idea, or conditioning.” – Mike Salemi

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 518

Mike Salemi, the founder of The Path podcast and an elite fitness coach, shares his wisdom on how to create your best life mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Are you aware of the consequences of living too fast?

By the end of this episode, you will understand how living a fast-paced life can have a negative impact on your overall wellness, the purpose of intentional fitness, and why Kambo is not a medicine suitable for everybody.

Wisdom for me is that we're constantly evolving. The only thing truly constant is the fact that we're evolving. - Mike SalemiClick To Tweet

Listen To Episode 518 As Mike Salemi Uncovers:

[1:30] Mike's Fitness Path + Dealing With Pain

[12:35] Intentional Fitness + Learning From Pain

  • Why Mike's definition of intentional fitness is constantly evolving.
  • The reason why intentions are the most transformative part of any ceremony.
  • Why even life and fitness can be considered a ceremony.
  • What lessons he learned from his knee injury.
  • How pain makes you look back from a fearful perspective.
  • Using fitness as a means for personal growth.
  • Why pain makes it hard to trust that things will improve, and why Mike looks at what is emotionally and energetically tied to the pain.
  • How he got his injury: Constant stress and spending hours in an awkward position.

[17:20] We Are More Than What We Think And Do

  • What the paradox of being a father is according to Mike.
  • Why men often don't stop until they are forced to stop.
  • The importance of having people in your life that help you eliminate your blind spots and stand up for you.
  • We're more than what we think we are and do.
  • Why we need to develop moments to pause and reflect.
  • Getting addicted to the stress responses when you're stuck.

[21:35] Men Of Movement + Being Of Service

[31:00] How To Create A Space For The Relationship You Want

  • The consequences of doing something for others at the expense of losing our own freedom.
  • Why Mike's scared that he won't provide his family the life he thinks they deserve while being present for them.
  • How he knew what he wanted from a relationship and why his actions weren't creating any space for a new relationship.
  • The realization that he had feelings for Laurie during a mushroom ceremony.
  • Using Yogananda's soulmate prayer with Paul Chek 5 years before he met Laurie.
  • How he manifested his life partner through meditation.

[47:00] From Avoidance To Healthy Communication

[01:02:43] Mike's Healing Journey With Kambo

  • Mike's journey to Kambo and how it helped him improve his health.
  • What Kambo is, how it's applied, and what it does to you.
  • How the peptides in Kambo help you and heal and purge.
  • The purging experience with Kambo and how it helps you let go of things that don't serve you.
  • Why he doesn't see Kambo as a business.
  • The importance of knowing why you want to do Kambo.
  • What keeps Josh away from trying Kambo.

[01:19:55] Saying ‘No' To The Medicine

[01:32:25] Letting Go To Fill The Space With Something New

Power Quotes From The Show

How do we develop the courage to be a mixture of hard and soft of yin and yang? - Mike SalemiClick To Tweet

Rethinking The Hustle Mentality

“If you're outputting 90% of your day, you better have the equal ratio flip-flopped in some way, shape, or form. If you're looking at your week in your calendar and you're hustling from 7 AM to 7 PM, where does the rest can come outside of just the sleep?” – Mike Salemi

Down-Regulated State + Balance

“Creating the space and the openness for the opportunity to create a down-regulated state, anything you can do practically speaking and taking an honest inventory of how much and where your energy is already going, you can help balance that and anything you do will be helpful. – Mike Salemi

How To Prevent Resentment

“If I'm doing all this stuff for everybody else at the expense of certain things that are costing me pain or my own sense of freedom, at a certain point I'm either going to be resenting them or I'm going to start resenting myself.” – Mike Salemi



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About Mike Salemi

Mike SalemiMike Salemi specializes in human performance and is a sought-after international presenter in the field of health and fitness.

Mike has a diverse background in strength and conditioning and has competed over the course of 15+ years at an elite level in Powerlifting and Kettlebell Sport.

Through his own path of resolving sport-related injuries, Mike understands the importance of integrating the body, mind, and spirit to foster high performance in the long term.

His motivation is to help athletes, fitness professionals, and coaches discover their own potential from the inside out.

Professionally, Mike has served as a Division 1 strength and conditioning coach for Santa Clara University, as well as has been the trainer to elite athletes across a wide range of sports.

His focus is on teaching educational workshops, certifications, and creating programs on unconventional training that build more balanced athletes.


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About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, and a cat named Cleo. He is the Founder of Wellness Force Media, host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 19+ years as a trainer, researcher, and facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. The Wellness Force Media Mission is to help humans heal mental, emotional, and physical health through podcasts, programs, and a global community that believes in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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