I'm late getting started to both of the first two lessons, but I figured I would report in before moving on to the next lesson.
I have been practicing these techniques for several years now, and even with all of my practice, I could be better. This is the work of a life time to master.
I meditate for at least two hours before going to bed every night. I use meditations to combat my insomnia.
Motionlessness is most difficult for me. It takes about five minutes of fussing and adjusting before starting for me to remain a constant stillness for any extended period of time. If I try to just meditate without getting comfortable first, I manage about five minutes of not moving if I'm lucky.
When I properly prepare myself ahead of time, I've managed an hour without moving, but a good estimated average is about 15-20 minutes.
I usually get attacked with extremely powerful itches on my body, that cause me to lunge myself up to scratch it with no forethought in resisting the itch.
As for breathing control, I think I've pretty much gotten this down.
I use the mantra "So Hum" to focus my attention immediately to my breath. After using this mantra enough times, I've removed the pin, and it takes almost no effort to focus my breath work in a calming manner. I found a good spot in my lungs that I can keep them constantly half full and half empty, and I was also a band geek, so I'm well aware of proper breathing technique needed.
I practice proper and intentional breathing constantly. I don't breathe to any specific count, just what feels comfortable, but I try to keep at least part of my attention focused on breathing from my diaphragm, and energetically, at all times of the day.
I'm a smoker, so my lungs are quite damaged, and I need to constantly practice breathing control to even retain the ability to slow my breathing down.
Using the mantra that I use, it also allows for an easy transition into not-thinking, because after a certain point, the words of the mantra just dissolve to nothing inside my head, and it leads to that split second of gnosis I'm looking for.
After this point, I'll attempt to record better progress for daily or bi-daily updates.
This was the first day I was on this board.
A note on proper breathing as well, I've always read to breath in through the nose, and out through the mouth. So really, the only things that should be moving on your body are your nostrils, your chest cavity (lungs, ribs, diaphragm), and your tongue (because you ought to keep your mouth open, and simply press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth as you inhale.)
If your stomach rises higher than your chest when you breath in, you're doing it incorrectly.