Having come from the Western Church to Eastern Orthodoxy, I'm finding many differences in my life, some of which I didn't fully expect. I'm wondering if these are normal...
1) Feeling more free my actions--both to do good and to do evil.
2) A sense of no longer having an infallible system that gives the truth ready-made. (I hope that makes sense)
3) Noticing a more rugged spirituality.
4) Realizing the saints are human, not super-humans.
5) Not sure what to make of the Pope of Rome.
6) Not enjoying Divine Liturgy as much... I used to feel uplifted at times by Divine Liturgy, but nowadays I don't, and oftentimes I only go because I feel that I should.
7) Overall (and this may sound bad) I feel less spiritual.
8) Something very strange: the first two weeks after I was chrismated there was something that made me feel very joyful and excited. But I'm not sure if it was the Holy Spirit making me feel this way. Several years ago, I was prayed over in tongues by Charismatic Catholics, and I felt the same way for about a week. I know it wasn't something I myself produced because it didn't begin right away and ended inexplicably. I still don't know what to make of it. It didn't give me complete peace, so I'm a little wary, even though it occurred right after chrismation.
But after this, I haven't really been filled with as much joy as I thought I might. I thought that, in becoming Orthodox, I would become increasingly more happy and joyful in my life. A Protestant (Baptist) friend of mine recently commented to the effect that he wonders how certain people can be Christians and not filled with joy... (meaning outward expression of joy).