Why I Fight | Laura Mucci + Lauren Keenan

April 29, 2020

Laura Mucci

Where are you from and what do you do?

I am originally from Everett, Ma and I work for EverybodyFights fulltime as a trainer and the Head of Trainer Development.

What makes you a fighter? What do you fight for?

My will to show up even on the hardest days.  

How did you find EverybodyFights?

I had taken a few classes at EverbodyFights through ClassPass when they first opened and then in 2016 I signed up for and completed their instructor training. I officially joined the team that year.

How did you two meet?

We were in the same training together in 2016! We ended up forming a small girl group after that training and then ended up living together the summer of 2017. The rest is history. 

How do you use meditation in your daily life?  How does it benefit you?

Meditation has become a regular practice for me, daily as of late given the circumstances but I want to point out that some days I may only have 5 minutes while others I have much longer. I hear a lot of people say they wish they had the time and the truth is you do, a few minutes a day at any point during the day. 

There are many benefits to meditation but for me personally it has helped me become more thoughtful, less reactive and it has helped me manage my stress.

What is mindfulness and how do you practice it?

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and let's be honest, it’s hard these days as there are a lot of distractions. Each scenario of “the present moment” can for sure present its own challenges. Meditation is an obvious tool as it helps you control your thoughts and focus but I also think making sure your needs are met emotionally, physically and spiritually can help as those are our biggest distractions as humans and trying to put your phone away when at social gatherings is another obvious physical distraction that can be easily avoided. 

How does journaling help you become more mindful?

Journaling has made me hugely aware of my own thoughts, judgments, my knowledge of self, and my emotional state. It really has been super therapeutic for me. It allows me the time and space to work through my own thoughts and process my feelings. It has also been cool to look back at my journey and how much I’ve grown mentally, physically, and spiritually over the years.

What does a mindful fighter mean to you?

One of my reasons as to Why I Fight is to close the gap between you and I and him and her.. To help us see and embrace each other as we are and for how we are showing up today. To me, that is a mindful fighter. You are willing to stand up for who and what you believe in, to show up for life even when it gets really hard and to stand by the side of those in your community when they need it most. It is being fully present in our everyday fight and the constant journey to become the best version of ourselves while being kind to ourselves and others.

Tell us about the mindful fighter challenge?

The mindful fighter challenge was designed to help you tap back into yourself while uncovering things that bring you joy and challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone in all of the ways mentioned above - mentally, physically and spiritually through meditation, journaling, movement, play and social (distance of course) interactions. 

Lauren Keenan

Where are you from and what do you do?

Hiiiiii! I’m originally from the Philadelphia area (GO BIRDS) and moved to Boston almost 10 years ago. I work at EverybodyFights as a Full Time Trainer. 

What makes you a fighter? What do you fight for?

My heartbeat, plain and simple. Some days I’m more of a brawler, others a counter puncher, but if I am breathing and aware of my heartbeat, I am fighting for something. The why & the purpose behind the fight is always changing. But to keep it simple, I’m fortunate enough to have found my passion, and I get to live it every day. To honor that, I fight to be the truest version of myself, to inspire others that they too can choose themself. That they are worth it. Once you realize that, you’ll be so full, that you too will want to share it with the world. Imagine if everyone did that? How cool would it be to see? Everyone living with passion and purpose. 

How did you find EverybodyFights?

Being in a boxing match was on my top 30 things to do before 30, I was in a really dark place in my life, and saw that George Foreman III was opening a gym in Boston. I went, took a tour, and became a member shortly after. Best decision I’ve ever made. 

How did you two meet?

We were in the first EBF Fight School together. When testing out I would let her go first for the bodyweight movements, so I could steal her cues, and she would steal my boxing cues. Haha. Then we lived together and bada bing bada boom, here we are today. 

How do you use meditation in your daily life?  How does it benefit you?

I am an energetic, reactive, overthinking, anxious adult. Meditation grounds me, reminds me that I am in control, and when I am feeling out of control or that things are “happening to me” or I am reacting to life, meditation allows me to get myself back on track. The great thing is, for me, meditation looks different from people's expectations.. I love walking and visual meditations the most during my busy days. I plug my headphones in, but I keep the sounds off, I don't know why, but it makes me feel like it pulls me out of the day, that I am almost invisible, like the kid from Big Daddy with the sunglasses. I then walk a new route, never taking the same way, even if I go to the same place, I try to do the walk differently, so I can stay present and tune in to seeing things from a new perspective. It’s so refreshing. Because those meditations come easy for me, I do try to sit with a traditional meditation practice a few times a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes. 

What is mindfulness and how do you practice it?

Being in the moments of every day, realizing when you are slipping out of “focus” and can take a step back, acknowledge, and adjust. Being a good communicator, expressing yourself, even if it’s owning your overreaction, misunderstanding, or dishonesty. Because the truth is, those things are never the intention, but if we acknowledge we are human, then we acknowledge we are flawed, & these things are bound to happen, unintentionally. However, true mindfulness comes in how we own our actions and strive for growth over the repetition of lessons to be learned. More importantly, if we are allowing ourselves to be loved unconditionally, flaws and all, we must give the same respect and consideration to everyone else. No one knows all I have been through by looking at me, and I try to look at everyone the same way. Therefore, I try to be mindful that I can only know what they are willing to share.

How does journaling help you become more mindful?

In the process of journaling, like actually putting pen to paper, I just let it happen without using my mind too much, so not sure how “mindful” that is.  But when I pull the pen away and see what I just wrote, I’m always blown away. That is when the practice comes in for me, the self-reflection, digging deeper into the “why” of what I wrote.  I think we give ourselves too much credit sometimes for “knowing who we are, or what is wrong or why we react the way we do'' etc. I have learned more about myself through journaling, like honest brain dumping, not thinking about what is coming out, just releasing words to paper. It’s very therapeutic. 

What does a mindful fighter mean to you?

Not only having a strong respect and belief in yourself but unwavering respect for your current opponent. Whether the opponent is a task at work, struggle at home, or an inner battle with yourself....all things in life have a purpose and a reason, accept that, allow the lesson to be learned, the fight to be fought. As I say often, you can’t know success without the struggle, so stay in the struggle. Make sure not to sleep on the ones smiling, because behind every smile is a savage. You are a savage, and so in that opponent, you are in the fight together, if you like it or not. 

Tell us about the mindful fighter challenge? 

I feel that this challenge has been an opportunity for us to weave our life lessons, our own self-work, our knowledge, and understanding, that this practice of mindfulness and life, is a lifelong fight. But luckily, we don't have to be in this fight alone, we can use tools that we have both used over the years, to support others uncover their inner fighter on their journey to being their best selves, not just physically, but emotionally, & spiritually.