I Will Read for You: The Voice and Writings of Jaiya John

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Voice medicine to soothe your soul, from freedom worker, poet, author, and spoken word artist Dr. Jaiya John. Bedtime bliss. Morning meditation. Daytime peace. Comfort. Calm. Soul food. Come, gather around the fire. Let me read for you... Books online wherever books hang out. Learn more at jaiyajohn.com.

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    213. YOUR BOUNDARY.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 2:19

    Reading from my new book, Fragrance After Rain. A passage that begins, "Your boundary need not always be an angry electric fence..." Fragrance After Rain is available online at booksellers worldwide, in both hardcover and softcover. You can be a precious part of our book launch by posting your copy on Instagram, tagging #jaiyajohn, encouraging others to purchase, posting readings of your favorite passages, and by sharing online book reviews. My whole heart cries Grateful. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    212. HUMAN KIND OR HUMAN CRUEL.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 4:28

    Reading from my new book, Fragrance After Rain. A passage that begins, "Human kind or human cruel..." Fragrance After Rain is available online at booksellers worldwide, in both hardcover and softcover. You can be a precious part of our book launch by posting your copy on Instagram, tagging #jaiyajohn, encouraging others to purchase, posting readings of your favorite passages, and by sharing online book reviews. My whole heart cries Grateful. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    211. ALL YOUR LIFE.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 2:39

    Reading from my new book, Fragrance After Rain. A passage that begins, "All your life..." Fragrance After Rain is available online at booksellers worldwide, in both hardcover and softcover. You can be a precious part of our book launch by posting your copy on Instagram, tagging #jaiyajohn, encouraging others to purchase, posting readings of your favorite passages, and by sharing online book reviews. My whole heart cries Grateful. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    210. TODAY I WILL WRITE POETRY FOR YOU.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 4:17

    Reading from my new book, Fragrance After Rain. A  passage that begins, "Today I will write poetry for you..." Fragrance After Rain is available online at booksellers worldwide, in both hardcover and softcover. You can be a precious part of our book launch by posting your copy on Instagram, tagging #jaiyajohn, encouraging others to purchase, and by sharing online book reviews. My whole heart cries Grateful. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... TEXT OF BOOK EXCERPT READ IN THIS EPISODE:TODAY I WILL WRITE poetry for you. You will be my poetry, writing me. Today is writing all of this poetry. Sun is rising again and again inside this day. Light has learned a new Love song. Now, beneath the shade tree with blossoms of purple fountains, I usher this river through. Now, with a tender breeze patting my face with the same Love your brown hands pat into the white belly of tortilla dough, now this joy moves through. Life is a song soaked in beauty. Life is a dance with no rules. No hours. No curfew. Just callouses building and breaking open again. Just the mist in your eyes. Eyes of a forest fawn. Eyes of dew. Plunging eyes, swimming great lakes of soul. And your brown hands, supple and survived, your brown hands kneading dough, pleading Love into bread, bread into Love, Love into hunger, into bodies browned by Love, into lives leaning against kind moments of Love. And I taste the bread your Love has made. Sky sings inside my bones, inside my breath, in the streams streaming my blood. You wake my ancestors. Everything is drumming now. Drum song is a vibration melting away what is not life from my life. Come, place your brown hand in my brown hand. Today, we walk the Red Road, earth like blushing coffee. We walk the hills, green and billowing. We walk beneath oaks and eucalyptus, redwoods whispering wild languages. We walk along creeks and lips of lakes. We walk a million sunrises. Watering all living things with tears of Grace. We walk Creation, kneeling to smell and stroke the smallest grain. The bread you make is the rising of Love in every soul it feeds. Earth Loves you, sainted one. Your brown hands are how this life holds itself. In Love...Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    209. FRAGRANCE AFTER RAIN (BOOK RELEASE READING).

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 6:27

    Discussing the October 18 release of my new book, Fragrance After Rain, and reading a passage from the book that begins, "I sat on the mountaintop..." Fragrance After Rain is available online at booksellers worldwide, in both hardcover and softcover. You can be a precious part of our October book launch by posting your copy on Instagram, tagging #jaiyajohn, encouraging others to purchase, and by sharing online book reviews. My whole heart cries Grateful. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...BOOK DESCRIPTION Jaiya John follows up his books Daughter Drink This Water, and, Freedom, with this aromatic delight for your soul. Fragrance After Rain is a sensitive, hopeful, intimate movement through your many seasons of tenderness, and the beautiful meaning and grace that grow from that fertile ground. If you love Rumi, Hafez, Gibran, and other classic mystic poets, here is your honey jar. This book is pregnant with balm and salve so personal and intuitively attuned, you will be certain the words were birthed just for you. Sustenance as you live through your personal moments, and through the collective moods of the world.Fragrance is a free flowing melody of petite stories and mystic whispers, a wildflower meadow you may enjoy wherever you lay yourself within it for a moment and breathe beautifully. These inspirational pieces are entirely liberated from chapters and sections, freely roaming, drifting on spirit breeze as they wish. Each word-bouquet is gathered and growing according to the sunlight, soil, and water of Love's orchestral conducting. Open this book, turn to a page, let your eyes arrive to any brief orchard of words, and allow your heart to taste the fruit and meet its craving. Whatever words you meet are the words you need in the moment. In this Fragrance story, the one who speaks, is spoken to, and is spoken about is you, BeLoved. All of this is you.This is a book of bright clouds in the sky of your life. Bringing you beauty, meaning, the downy reflection of sunlight, life-replenishing rain, and a sweet fragrance thereafter. Walk, dance, sing, and repose yourself through this aromatic pasture, and feel a peace that is both medicine and music for your soul. Be careful, dear Lover. If you sip these words slowly and savor their essence, you may become a mystic. 5.5 x 8.5. Hardcover and Softcover. First Edition. 306 pages. Inspiration / Personal growth and healing / Spiritual growth. ISBN: 978-0-9987802-6-9 Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    208. A YOUNG BOY AND A SPARROW.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 5:50

    Reading a short, short children's story I wrote at age 18 when I first started writing. The story begins, "A young boy walking in the fields..." I also update you on the status of my upcoming book, Fragrance After Rain, when you can expect your exclusive website preorders to ship to you, and when the book will be available on the open market. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    207. THE PALACE OF MY SOUL.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 6:05

    Reading a selection which begins, "All my life, living in the palace of my body..." from my upcoming book, Fragrance After Rain. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jaiyajohn)

    206. FEEL YOUR DEEP DESIRE FOR PEACE.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 4:38

    Reading a selection which begins, "Feel your deep desire for peace..." from my upcoming book, Fragrance After Rain. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    205. YOU WILL MEET A STRANGER.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 4:35

    Reading a selection which begins, "If you dare to walk the dark alley..." from my upcoming book, Fragrance After Rain. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...   Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    204. I WANT TO BEHOLD YOU GROW OLD.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 3:13

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "I want to behold you grow old and more beautiful in my eyes..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    203. SHE LEFT THE PATH.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 2:11

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "She was not only tired. She was uninspired..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    JOY LIVES IN EVERY MOMENT.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 6:14

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "Joy lives. It is not a rare artifact..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    201. YOUR SOFT ESSENCE.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 2:55

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "Her nervous system had been through so much..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    200. OH, HOW YOU WILL FLY.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 3:14

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "You will fall..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    199. COME BACK HOME.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 2:09

    Reading the piece which begins, "Pain is a mystic kindness..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    198. GROW SOFTER.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 1:49

    Reading the piece which begins, "When your heart is so tender..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    197. IMITATE SKY TODAY.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 1:50

    Reading the piece which begins, "May your wondrous heart and spirit imitate sky today..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    196. DANCE IN MOONLIGHT.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 2:00

    Reading the piece which begins, "After fleeing yourself..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...   Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    195. YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO SUFFER.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 2:00

    Reading the piece which begins, "Your history is not your master..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    194. TAKE YOUR FREEDOM.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 1:47

    Reading the piece which begins, "You have lived long enough..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    193. KINDNESS IS A SUN FOR THE SOUL.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 2:22

    Reading the piece which begins, "Kindness is a kind of sun for the soul..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    192. SOME GREAT POETRY.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 3:24

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "Some great poetry waits for a thousand years..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    191. PEACE IS THE FRAGRANCE YOU SEEK.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 3:32

    Reading a passage which begins, "Daughter, press your face against this sky of blue..."  from the section titled, Inner Peace, from my book, Daughter Drink This Water: A Book of Sacred Love. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    190. OUT HERE IN THE DESERT.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 2:15

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "Out here in the desert..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    189. ONE MOMENT YOU ARE LAUGHING.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 4:32

    Reading an unpublished piece which begins, "One moment you are laughing..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    188. I PRAY FOR YOU.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 3:27

    Reading the unpublished piece which begins, "I pray for you." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...       Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    187. YOU ARE A CRANE FLYING.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 2:30

    Reading the unpublished piece which begins, "You are a crane flying over the emerald mountain..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...      Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    186. YOU WILL FLOWER AGAIN.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 2:30

    Reading the unpublished piece which begins, "If you could see, you delightful spirit..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...     Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    185. SHEBA.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 5:57

    Reading the unpublished piece, "Sheba."  This piece will be included in the new revised printing of my spoken word book, Father to Son: Ode to Our Black Young, available online in the second week of May, 2021. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...    Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    184. SISTER STEW.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 4:51

    Reading the unpublished friendship piece, "Sister Stew."  This piece will be included in the new revised printing of my spoken word book, Father to Son: Ode to Our Black Young, available online in the second week of May, 2021. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...   Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    183. SHE WAS BORN THIS WAY.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 3:33

    Reading two pieces. The first, "She Was Born This Way,"  and the second, "Brilliant Daylight," both from my book, Legendary: A Tribute to Those Who Honorably Serve Devalued Children. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    182. BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 2:32

    Reading the piece that begins, "Today, be the most beautiful thing..." from my book, Calm: Inspiration for a Possible Life. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    181. OSHUN.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 21:02

    Reading the unpublished piece, "Oshun," written for my daughter who came to me and spoke to me in spirit several months before she was conceived. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    180. WHY YOUR SPIRIT SINGS.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 2:41

    Reading the passage that begins, "May your wondrous heart and spirit imitate sky today..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    179. TOUCH EVERYTHING WITH MERCY.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 3:06

    Reading the unpublished piece that begins, "May you open your heart and soul..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    178. TEND THE PLAINS OF GRACE.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 2:17

    Reading the passage that begins, "Who among us will tend the plains of Grace..." from my book, Calm: Inspiration for a Possible Life. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    177. A BRAND NEW PEACE.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 4:07

    Reading the passage that begins, "The siblings walked into the lush, peaceful woods..." from my unillustrated children's book, The Day Jumoke Found His Name. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...     Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    176. AN OPENING IN YOUR SOUL.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 3:18

    Reading the unpublished passage that begins, "There is an opening in your soul..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...     Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    175. MEND YOUR STORY.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 3:01

    Reading the passage that begins, "Hope is the light bursting out..." from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...    Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    174. SPRING IS A LIFE COACH.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 2:57

    Reading the passage that begins, "Spring is trying to tell us something..." from my book, Fresh Peace: Daily Blossoming of the Soul. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...   Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    173. WATER IN HER EYES.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 5:01

    Reading the passage that begins, "I have wandered, a Love monk..." from my book, Habanero Love. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    172. THIS IS MY LOVE LETTER.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 2:07

    Reading the unpublished piece that begins, "This is my Love letter..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    171. I AM NOT THIS MOMENT.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 3:22

    Reading the unpublished piece that begins, "I am not this moment..." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    170. DON'T.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 8:00

    Reading the unpublished piece, "Don't." jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    169. I MET A GOATHERD ONCE.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 2:39

    Reading the passage that begins, "I met a goatherd once...," from my book, Habanero Love: A Poem of Sacred Passion. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...   Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    168. Dear Flower.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 3:22

    Reading the passage that begins, "Blessed Morning, Dear Flower...," from my book, Habanero Love: A Poem of Sacred Passion. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...  Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    167. THE WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN CHANGING.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 3:18

    Reading the passage that begins, "The world is not suddenly changing...," from the section titled, Heal Your Revolutionary Soul, from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    166. THE FIRST REVOLUTION IS TO REST.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 2:49

    Reading the passage that begins, "The first revolution is to rest...," from the section titled, Heal Your Revolutionary Soul, from my book, Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution. jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    165. I LOVE YOU.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 1:52

    Reading the unpublished piece which begins, "I Love you...," jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    164. A BIG BEAUTIFUL BREATH.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 2:10

    Reading the unpublished piece which begins, "Your soul will never complain...," jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere... Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

    163. ALL YOUR SACRED NAMES.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2021 2:04

    Reading the unpublished piece which begins, "I see you. I feel you...," jaiyajohn.com. Books online everywhere...Support the show (https://venmo.com/jaiyajohn)

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