The systemic understanding of life is based on three fundamental insights: 1. Life's basic pattern of organization is the network; 2. Matter cycles continually trough the web of life; 3. All ecological cycles are sustained by the continual flow of energy from the sun. These three basic phenomena are exactly the phenomena that children experience, explore, and understand through direct experiences in the natural world. Through these experiences, we also become aware of how we ourselves are part of the web of life, and over time the experience of ecology in nature gives us a sense of place. We become aware of how we are embodied in an ecosystem; in a landscape with particular flora and fauna; in a particular social system and culture.