As the time, space, motion and cause bind the celestial equilibrium of the Universe, i believe, the mind, body, air, and consciousness (the causation body in Indian thought) bind the dynamics of Life!
It is well-known that motion of the celestial bodies and energy-corpuscles in ‘space’ is an on-going mechanism sustaining the Universe. Motion of the air through breath sustains the living bodies for a lifetime. The wise Ones have observed this phenomenon of ‘breath’ sustaining Life very closely. Let us have feel of the breath:
Are you looking for me?
I am in the next seat.
When you really look for me, you will find me instantly –
You will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student tell me what is God?
He is the breath inside breath. – Kabir
Letting each breath clear your mind
and open your heart. – Buddha
Breathe. Let go.
And remind yourself that
This very moment is the only one
You have for sure. – Oprah Winfrey
I am breathing in and liberating my mind.
I am breathing out and liberating my mind.
One practices like this. – Thich Nhat Hanh
When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady.
But, when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still,
and the yogi achieves long life.
Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
– Hath Yoga Pradipika
So a living-being is called a 'Prani' (in Hindi).
The living body draws Prana by inhaling air,
the mixture of oxygen and nitrogen as the fuel to drive
the chemical processes within the living system for its sustenance.
Exhaling expelling the burnt material (waste and toxic) and
the heat is evolved in the processes the body undertakes.
I am inclined to say:
All Life is Chemistry among the elements
driven by the dynamics of the Universe.
There is Life outside as is within the body.
Does this narration let us connect the matter and the non-matter!