Cheryl grew up in a pretty typical family in the beautiful town of Lexington, Massachusetts; a very intellectual, affluent community, twenty minutes from Harvard University.
“I was raised to believe having money and being smart were the most important things, but the whole time I knew there must be something more."
Cheryl was always curious, but her desire for answers regarding life's mysteries was kicked off in a huge way when a little girl from her grade school class died unexpectedly. The transient nature of life hit young Cheryl like a brick wall and thus began her quest for meaning and lasting happiness.
Cheryl didn't believe the multiple theories about life that surrounded her so she started reading books on the masters and all the different religions.
“They seemed to be the only ones who were speaking from their own experience rather than about something they had been taught or heard or read.”
At 14, a spiritual book was left on the porch of her family home. She excitedly read it and discovered that yoga was what she'd been looking for. Decades would pass before the integration in her life fully manifested.
"Even though the spiritual journey started early for me, unknowingly, I was still making my world and myself smaller and smaller, because my likes and dislikes were getting gradually taking over.”
Cheryl attended the best high school in the area but at 19-years old, in the spirit of the 60’s, she rejected 'mainstream' and stepped into the unknown. It had become obvious that the wealthy and educated did not have everything "figured out", nor were they particularly happy.
Life led her through marriage, the birth of her son, and divorce. A short six years after beginning her adventure, she found herself a single mom with no career. Despite serious set-backs, she did whatever she had to to provide for her son and herself; delivering newspapers or waiting tables. During these challenging times her spiritual search was ever-present.
"Whether it was going great, or whether I was completely enveloped in the roller coaster of ups and downs, I still couldn’t take the entire thing completely seriously. After years of searching, I had become somewhat jaded doubting that real transformation could be possible for me."
Thirty intense years passed and the liberated life she'd hoped for was still elusive. She found herself as stressed out and consumed with money as everyone else. Cheryl had become a real estate broker/developer and builder in Atlanta and was at the pinnacle of success. Despite her accomplishments, the nagging awareness of the ephemeral nature of it all pressed against her; she knew she was missing significant relevance in her daily life. She made a marked decision that understanding and existing within her transcendent nature would become a 'front and center' priority.
As the result of a casual conversation with a stranger in an airport, Cheryl met Sadhguru. Something in the stranger's words rang true and she sought out Sadhguru. The moment she sat in front of him everything changed; a true spiritual journey was finally alive.
Having the great privilege of sitting with Sadhguru and asking her most burning questions resulted in a deep sense of coming home. These conversations blossomed into her book, Midnights With The Mystic; offering everyone an opportunity to share the experience.
Since publishing Midnights with the Mystic, Cheryl spends the majority of her time in support of Sadhguru's work in the US.
“I am really at peace within myself and I know this is only the beginning. I now operate in a much bigger/deeper space inside myself where I’m not blown around by every challenge/wind that comes my way. I want this opportunity for everyone.”
~ Indu Jain, Chairperson-Times of India Group