After a long and often backtracking struggle, I am able to admit what has been true for a while now — I am philosophically Orthodox, and I believe Orthodoxy is the Church.
The problem is that there is no way for me to become ecclesiastically Orthodox, due primarily my location but also to my personal economics (even if it was possible for me to drive as far as I would have to to attend liturgy, I can't afford to).
That said — and God willing, it will not always be that way — what are the best practices I can adopt to become the best pre-catechumen I can in anticipation of the day I can officially unite with the Church?
Hi there. So sorry you haven't a church near you, that must be a pain.
What I'm going to say isn't the same at all, but maybe it will be useful all the same. I'm most certainly not
Orthodox, but my partner is. Because of that, I had to make a conscious decision to live a life that was, if not entirely Orthodox, at least very mindful of and thoughtful about Orthodoxy.
The strange thing is - and this might encourage you - that, even though I don't want to convert to Orthodoxy, I have found when I introduced Orthodox elements into my life (like cooking fasting food so we can both eat it), I thought harder about what we are actually doing as Christians, and why. It made me a better Christian just to be aware of, and observe, some of these rules that dictate our daily life.
I know this isn't at all the same as your situation, but what I'm thinking is, if it can make a difference to me, someone who isn't Orthodox, to maintain a very incomplete Orthodox lifestyle, then surely you will feel the benefit of keeping to those traditions you can until you find a church or a church is brought to you.