Not what I asked.And I'm not here to contest the Church.
You could have fooled me there.
What are the specific benefits(in your life) of worshiping through rituals and religious systems
The fact that I worship more or less in the same manner as my forefathers, the Saints and millions of Orthodox Christians worldwide and throughout the ages. It makes you feel that what you do is not arbitrary and idiosyncratic. You go beyond your narrow subjectivity and are a part of a larger Body. Rituals give you a certain discipline and a forma mentis
, which is not imposed, but emulated and sought after like something precious.
if you don't like the term legalism.Though i would say "a canon law" is pretty legalistic from my POV.Usually Law = Law.
Orthodoxy is not legalistic, because it does not impose a rigid legal corpus without regard for persons and circumstances - the spiritual father has the freedom of choosing between akribeia
(strict adherence to the law) and oikonomia
(leniency or complete overseeing of a rule, if it's in the person's best interest).