Whenever we note a property in us, we understand it by thinking that nature has that property. Our bodies have electricity, temperature, movements, chemical reactions etc. So we think that electricity, temperature, movement, chemical reactions etc are properties of natural things. There is a property in our bodies, though, that our uninspired scientists have tried to exclude it from nature: the mind. Consequently, and with little suprise, we don't understand the mind. If we factor in the mind in nature, we arive at a remarkable picture of the universe: there is an immanent God.
When we observed that the stuffs that makes a living brain are the same ones that makes a non-living matter, our scientists (mis)taught us to only think of the events in the living brain from the light of the events in non-living matter. Thus the most basic events are (mis)understood as non-living. However, the right-side-up is to understand the non-living from the light of the living. Thus things, in a fundamental sense, have life.