I was able to read one amazing story here http://www.sfaturiortodoxe.ro/orthodox/orthodox_advices_yoga.htm
that I could relate to...especially with how this person was missing a connection with a personal God. My background throughout the years studying the world religions has leaned more toward new age/paganism rather than any form of Christianity. I'm wondering if anyone has any stories or links about people who converted from these kinds of paths to Orthodoxy. I have been through the years around people who are on the new age/pagan paths---even exposed to people on the magick types of path who seem to hate Chrisitianity but also throughout the years I would in private read inspiring stories about the saints quietly cheering for them and the way they could use even the hard times of life as stepping stones to deepen their connection to God. People in many of the new age/pagan paths I was around seemed to think I'm a bit crazy when I start talking about saints and how I explained that the sainsts were the happiest people in the world due to the fact that they always knew to put God first even in the most mundane tasks of life. Some of the pagan people who were around me believed that the Christian God was actually the bad guy...that all mainstream religion was bad especially Christianity...and there was just no one I could talk to about saints or the joy of offering even our trials as blessings to bring us closer to God---until I started connecting with the Russian outlook on life. When I started connecting with Orthodox people, I found how people love talking about the stories of the saints who experience the sincere love of a personal God. I feel more at home here lately than being around new age/pagan outlooks on life.
Do you know any stories or links of people who came from this type of background to Orthodoxy and what their experiences were?
I read lots of stories of people who came from a strong Chrisitan background but if anyone knows of any stories from the background I talked about, I'd like to read some of these stories as well. Please send me some links if you know of any?
? Any more links similar to the story I posted?