Can you imagine chess or cricket having life?
But we know monumental examples where the practitioners of music, dance, literature give up all their lives to such arts as if they are divines with life.
And when they dwell at the peak of excellence in their performance, we say “they performed as if in trance, forgetting their self”.
It only means, for that moment they gave themselves up to those arts.
And the ‘life’ within the art makes them reach a peak of excellence.