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6 Ways You Can Show Yourself the Love You Deserve

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It’s been said so many times that you can’t expect to be loved when you yourself can’t afford loving your own self, and as cliche and repetitive as it sounds, it is indeed true because believing that you are unworthy to be loved will eventually lead you to settling for anything or anyone.

The thing is when people think about self love, they would usually think to themselves that they should do that more often and that’s it. But practicing self love should start right away, should start with the intention of wanting more and never settling for less.

Here are simple ways you can start with…

1. Take a Vow

Start by promising yourself that you will do better by it, that you will take this road towards self love seriously with the intention of loving it so much that you won’t ever allow anyone to hurt it. Treat yourself the way you would treat others and when you do, wait and see how it will repay you for the love you have been giving.

2. Say “No” More Often

Not being able to say no is certainly one of the worst things you can be doing to yourself, not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings so you end up hurting your own is NOT healthy. So start learning to say those magical two letters word, no to an outing you don’t feel like going, no to a task that takes too much effort from you, no to the pressure that someone is putting on you and no to whatever it is that you don’t feel like doing.

3. Acknowledge Your Emotions.

Denying how you feel won’t magically make your feelings go away, face how you feel, acknowledge your emotions and try to resolve whatever it is that’s causing you distress. Stop resisting what your mind is trying to tell you and start listening, if it’s a job you dread, quit. If it’s a person being toxic, cut him/her off! Your mental health is worth so much and you must response to its needs and symptoms just like you would answer to your physical needs.

4. Charge Your Soul

As silly as it sounds, it’s a pretty effective method because every now and then, you need to take some alone time and enjoy the company of yourself. This will help you determine its needs and answer to them, it will also give you the time to reflect on both the past and present.

How to? A simple date with yourself would suffice, spa day or even going out for a run! Just pick a hobby you favor and go for it.

5. Accept Your Mistakes

We’re no saints and we have certainly done many wrongs, we’re all the bad guy in someone’s story and you can’t change that! So accept it, accept that you have sinned and get ready to move on, accept your past mistakes and work on never repeating them, stop judging yourself or trying to correct your flaws and most important, stop comparing yourself to others’ looks, personality or achievements.

6. Set Boundaries and Values

Set boundaries, determine your values and let no one ever cross it! Not your family, not your colleagues and not even your closest friends. Draw a border of respect and let no one cross it even if it’s your loved one, because learning to love yourself starts by respecting it enough that you see the beauty and determination in it.

Last reminder is that self-love journey is a long one, it will take time and effort and will see drawbacks but you just have to keep moving and keep trying.

Read more about the journey here.

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Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’

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Lebanese indie-pop favorites, Adonis , complete the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘A’da’ (Enemies), with part three out now across all streaming platforms.

Part one and two of the release saw the group trending across Lebanon with live stream performances of their new work to delighted fans.

The final segment of the album, introduces  “Tabi’yi” , a fast-paced pop-rock anthem with hard-hitting drums and catchy guitar riffs, while “Jeet Kermalak”, a delicate ballad,  showcases a traditional middle eastern instrument, the Qanun, beautifully orchestrated alongside the smooth, soothing vocals of guest singer-songwriter, Dana Hourani.

“A’da” is described by the band as a love story between two young, impressionable characters, that unravels through the album tackling themes of nostalgia and lost futures, in an elusive, sometimes cruel, present.

Speaking about the album, lead singer-songwriter Anthony Khoury shared “each part of A’da not only explores a specific time in the characters relationship – how they grew together or apart – but also represents significant times that deeply influenced our songwriting and development over the years.

 

We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so we’re really excited to share an album we feel demonstrates who we are today, and explores the experiences that have shaped us as a band in Beirut.”

Artwork stills  from ‘Mouharrami”  and Moukhtalef lyric videos. Illustration  by Anthony Khoury, animation by Kook.

 

Released at the end of January, “Mouharrami” was a tone-setter for a new musical direction taken by the four musicians, with heavy 80s and 90s dance music influences weaving their way through the lively opening track.

Title track “A’da”, meanwhile, was accompanied by an intricately illustrated music video, which follows the band members as four retro video game characters, navigating through a dystopian Beirut in search of their stolen hearts.

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The video was directed and illustrated by Omar Khouri, with art direction by the band’s long-time collaborator Nadim Hobeika.

Filled with downbeats of raging bass drums, shimmering guitar lines and sweeping synthesizers, this three-part album is complimented by the band’s signature Arabic lyrics, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant,  and always  a point of reference for their expanding fan base across the region.

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“A’da” was produced by Sleiman Damien, between the months of August and November 2020, in an improvised studio in the seaside town of Batroun, where the band relocated just days after the August 4 Beirut Port explosion. “Tabi’yi” showcases a live performance music video shot in the same traditionally Lebanese setting.

 

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During release weekend, Anthony Khoury, Adonis’ lead singer, also performed an exclusive stripped down set featuring vocals and piano as part of Embrace Lebanon’s initiative “Music for Mental Health”,  where he showcased Tabi’yi as a message of hope for those struggling through unprecedented times.

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Suspends Services for One Month

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox churches have announced the suspension of masses and other services in both Cairo and Alexandria as of Monday and the suspension will last for a month.

The suspension comes in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among clergymen and churchgoers.

The Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday released an official statement that says the suspension includes Sunday’s schools, meetings, services and masses, and that priests in each church are allowed one mass weekly with a minimal presence and a maximum of five deacons only.

As for funeral services, they’re allowed to be held but with the participation of only one priest and one deacon and of course the family of the deceased. However, the halls that are designated for mourning services will be closed until the improvement of current conditions.

For Baptism services, the maximum number allowed are four member of the baby’s family.

The statement added that study at institutes and educational centres will carry on but with a reduced maximum of 25%.

As for the dioceses, each bishop get to decide what is most suitable to the health situation in his diocese, in partnership with the congregation of priests.

We urge all worshipers to remain safe and adhere to all the precautionary measures needed.

 

 

 

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The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually

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According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.

The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.

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