If we are always pushing away from feelings that we condemn as wrong, painful, or ugly, we are also pushing away from the very energy that can bring us incredible joy and ecstasy. – Shaeri Richards

Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher performing on stage during the Ehdeniyat International Festival 2016 in Ehden, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher performing on stage during the Ehdeniyat International Festival 2016 in Ehden, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Children wave Hezbollah flags and hold replica toy guns as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the 'Victory Festival' to mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel, in Bent Jbeil, southern Lebanon. (EPA)

Children wave Hezbollah flags and hold replica toy guns as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the ‘Victory Festival’ to mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel, in Bent Jbeil, southern Lebanon. (EPA)

USA's Lee Kiefer (L) competes against Lebanon's Mona Shaito during their women's individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

USA’s Lee Kiefer (L) competes against Lebanon’s Mona Shaito during their women’s individual foil qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

A Lebanese street vendor displays towels at the entrance of a beach resort in Jounieh north of Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A Lebanese street vendor displays towels at the entrance of a beach resort in Jounieh north of Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Australian singer-songwriter Sia (L) performs on stage at the annual Byblos International Festival. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Australian singer-songwriter Sia (L) performs on stage at the annual Byblos International Festival. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Lebanon's Ahmad Hazer compete in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (OLIVIER MORIN / AFP)

Lebanon’s Ahmad Hazer compete in the Men’s 110m Hurdles Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (OLIVIER MORIN / AFP)

Lebanese Olympian Chirine Njeim becomes the only woman to compete in the Women’s Marathon race for Lebanon, after finishing the race with a time of 2h 51m 8s and ranked 109th out of 157 candidates. (Parée)

Lebanese Olympian Chirine Njeim becomes the only woman to compete in the Women’s Marathon race for Lebanon, after finishing the race with a time of 2h 51m 8s and ranked 109th out of 157 candidates. (Parée)

The caligraphic image of Lebanese diva Sabah is seen beside an airplane passing above the Hamra street in Beirut, Lebanon. (Abbass Salman)

The caligraphic image of Lebanese diva Sabah is seen beside an airplane passing above the Hamra street in Beirut, Lebanon. (Abbass Salman)

A cleaner is seen through the windows of an abandoned shop in the deserted downtown area in Beirut. (OLIVER WEIKEN / EPA)

A cleaner is seen through the windows of an abandoned shop in the deserted downtown area in Beirut. (OLIVER WEIKEN / EPA)

Lebanese singer and composer Marcel Khalife sings for Syrian refugee children during his visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Bekaa valley , Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Lebanese singer and composer Marcel Khalife sings for Syrian refugee children during his visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Bekaa valley , Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

An edited image showing people enjoying the fireworks taking place on the Assumption of Mary festival, in Faqra, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

An edited image showing people enjoying the fireworks taking place on the Assumption of Mary festival, in Faqra, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

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