Metabolic cohesion is a state of matter when it fits the initial guidelines of being 'alive.' Life from a biological perspective is an arbitrary division, based upon a baised rubric of perception. Life is more than just a cell or a single animal.
Matter itself has natural tendency to organize itself into complex patterns.
Essentially the organizational principal of crystals and matter is a reflection of the life force. However, the objective precepts of what is living and not living has over come the full perception of what is to be alive.
Snowflakes exhibit a basic Metabolic Cohesion are key examples of the life force innate in matter and within in the atom. As snowflakes have predictable level of behavior, so do plants, animals, and people depending on their stage of life.
The modern drawing of an arbitrary line of what is life and not life is short sighted. Life like matter only transforms, and the higher levels of life beyond the five sense are also a part of this formula that objective perception is unable to tally, and unfortunately dismisses.
You can perceive the life principal in matter when looking unto the sky full of stars or happy clouds.