Béla Fleck introduced me to the concept of “throw down your heart“. The idea is that you are about to embark on a journey from which you will never return, so as a last act of love for the land and life you’ve known, you throw down your heart, you leave part of yourself there, you are never the same again. About six weeks ago I threw down my heart on Roker Beach in Sunderland, an echo of a similar experience in April on Lindisfarne. Today, a few days before flying home, I returned to pick up my heart again in preparation to come home whole.

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